Season’s best results for rookie rider
It was a stunning weekend for Lexelle-sponsored Tarran Mackenzie as he claimed two podium places over three races at the Silverstone Moto GP.
Wet weather and drainage problems on the Grand Prix circuit meant Round 9 of the British Superbike Championships ran on the National Circuit layout. Tarran qualified fourth for the first race, his best qualifying position of the year. A decent start saw him move through the pack to lead at the midway point, before exchanging passes with Josh Brookes and Glenn Irwin. He eventually finished third, securing his first ever British Superbike podium.
In a tremendous triple header, Race 2 saw him battling to lead until he fell on oil in the last lap and crashed out. But Race 3 produced an even better result, when a final lap tussle with Championship leader Leon Haslam ended in second place and another spot on the podium.
A delighted Tarran commented: “My weekend was amazing. I felt strong throughout practice so was hoping to improve on my best result of 5th at Thruxton but never expected to be leading a British Superbike race this early in my career. That said, I felt very comfortable on my MCAMS Yamaha so I thought why not have another try on Sunday. I found passing everyone easy which was a huge help. Maybe everyone was having a bad day! I guess my next goal is to win so I’ll let see what happens over the next three rounds. I also jumped up to tenth in the championship which is a nice bonus. ”
In the Superstock 1000 class, Taylor had a tough qualifying session in very wet conditions and could only manage 14th on the grid for Race 1. But he stormed through the field to finish fourth at the line and then came sixth in Race 2. Race 3 saw him third on the grid and he managed to sustain that position and challenge for the lead until a gearbox failure forced him to retire. Breaking the Silverstone lap record was some consolation.
Taylor commented: “I loved riding my Bathams BMW as always, but my poor wet qualifying made the first two races hard work. Sunday was much better from 3rd on the grid and I was definitely up for winning, but my gearbox said no! Breaking the Silverstone lap record on two occasions was some consolation, but I’d much rather have had the winner’s trophy!”
The next BSB Championship is at Oulton Park on 14 September.