Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie


Lexelle-sponsored Tarran Mackenzie kept his Monster Energy Motostar Championship hopes alive with a solid performance at Assen.

The Scottish youngster picked up 16 points with a third place finish which left leader Joe Francis’ 36 points ahead with two events remaining.

Tarran struggled to find a good bike set up throughout practice so only qualified in 8th position.

He said: “Assen wasn’t good for me but it definitely isn’t over yet. We have two rounds left so I’ll give it my all and see what happens.  I have my last Red Bull Rookie races next week at Aragon in Spain so this will be good training for the next BSB Silverstone round.”

His brother Taylor endured a frustrating first race, where he was unable to finish, and had to start from 13th in race two.

But Taylor was able to fight his way up to ninth place with his fastest lap just two-tenths slower than the fastest lap of the race.

He said: “I put the disappointment of Saturday behind me and enjoyed fighting through the pack in Sunday’s race. I was pleased to be able to get past some more experienced riders and gap them fairly comfortably and my lap times were pretty consistent.

“We just need to be getting away that little bit better, but Saturday’s race didn’t help as starting from thirteenth on the grid is never easy.

“I’ll be looking to qualifying in that top six again at Silverstone, which will hopefully give me an opportunity to race with the front guys at the final four races this season.”

In the 125GP, Lewis Rollo – riding for the Lexelle-sponsored RCD Motorsport team recorded his best performance of the season with a second place finish.

It was disappointment for John McGuinness in the Endurance World Championship at Le Mans as the Honda TT Legends team were forced to retire just six hours into the race.