Double podium success for Mackenzie brothers in BSB opener

Taylor Mackenzie SIlverstone

Lexelle-sponsored Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie both finished on the podium in the opening round of the BSB season at Silverstone.

Taylor’s Buildbase BMW S1000RR has been working perfectly ever since his first test and dad Niall, a former BSB champion, believes it has finally given him the chance to fulfil his potential.Taylor Mackenzie SIlverstone

Everything went to plan as Taylor qualified in pole position and lead the Superstock 1000 race form start to finish.

It was the perfect tonic for Taylor who endured a nightmare season in 2015.

“I considered walking away from racing but something inside made me carry on and I’m so glad I did,” he said.

“The Buildbase BMW Team have put my career back on course so repaying them with a win and the championship lead is the least I could do.

“There is still more to come from both myself and my BMW S1000 so roll on round two at Oulton Park in May.Taylor Mackenzie SIlverstone

“A massive thanks also to my loyal family and sponsors, this wouldn’t have been possible without your support.”

Tarran’s weekend didn’t run quite so smoothly but a second place in Sunday’s race was a fantastic debut in the highly competitive Supersport 600 class.

Tarran Mackenzie Silverstone

He qualified 7th on the grid was confident for Saturday’s sprint race but within a few laps he found himself leading. But then the rain came and the race was stopped.

“After the restart I crashed on the first lap but luckily the organisers scrapped the race due to a slippy track,” Tarran said.

“That meant Sunday’s feature race in dry conditions was a fresh start for everyone. My bike got off the line ok but I struggled to get past a slower rider mid race so the eventual winner Andy Reid was able to made a break.

Tarran Mackenzie Silverstone

“I’m not sure if I could have won but I was matching Andy’s pace over the weekend so it would have been interesting.

“The next round at Oulton is a favourite track of mine as I won there last year, so hopefully I can push hard for another podium on my Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki.”