Mixed weekend for Lexelle’s motorcycle riders

Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

 

Lexelle-sponsored Taylor Mackenzie continued his solid recent form once again scoring double points in the British Supersport Championship.

A 10th and a 13th place finish gave Taylor nine points to move up into ninth place in the overall standings.

He said: “I love Cadwell Park but my weekend got off to a bad start with a big crash in the qualifying session when I lost the front going on to the back straight.

 “I was fine but my bike suffered major damage and we only just made it to the grid for race one.  After a decent start I came home in tenth position as some other riders had some bad luck and crashed out.  In race two I was also up to tenth position but struggled with rear grip in the closing laps so dropped to thirteenth at the chequered flag.  By some miracle I have moved up to 9th in the championship so I’ll be working hard to continue my progress at Donington Park in two weeks time.”
It was a tough weekend for his brother Tarran who crashed out on lap 11 when it looked like a podium finish was on the cards for the youngster.

The 17-year-old still sits in second place in the Monster Energy Motostar Championship but lost ground on leader Joe Francis, who won the race to opened up a 36 point advantage.

Tarran had travelled straight from Brno, Czech Republic following an outing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup so missed out on practice at Cadwell.

He said: “Straight after the race in Brno, me and my Dad got straight into the van and attempted to drive back for my British Championship round at Cadwell park. After another 15 hour drive and a tyre blow out on the autobahn we finally made it for qualifying! I ended up 4th and was looking forward to the race!

“Again I made a good start and was 2nd into the first corner and with 2 laps to go I was in 3rd position but had a really big highside. Luckily I am okay just a bit bruised but I’m now looking forward to my home Grand Prix (Red Bull Rookies) at Silverstone this weekend.”

In the 125GP Callum Bey finished fifth place to remain in fifth in the overall championship.

John McGuinness was denied a potential race win in the inaugural 500cc Classic TT on Saturday when he was thwarted by electrical problems.

The Morecambe ace was riding the Winfield Paton and, after a promising start to practice week, looked well placed to challenge for honours but the machine struggled to really get going and John was forced to retire at the end of the opening lap.

John said: “”It’s really disappointing for the race to end like it did as the bike was flying at the beginning of practice week. The lap of 111mph felt great and came relatively easy but after that we had nothing but trouble and we never did get to the bottom of the electrical problems.

“The team did everything to get the bike ready for the race day but it wasn’t right and all I could do was cruise round. It’s a huge shame for everyone concerned – myself, the team, the fans – as I felt we could have given a good account of ourselves and put on a good show but it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve really enjoyed the whole Festival of Motorcycling though so hopefully we can come back next year and give it another go.”