In the sweltering heat at the weekend, Tarran Mackenzie scored his first Superbike World Championship points in his debut race at Donington Park today, taking 14th for the McAMS Yamaha team. He knocked a second off his quickest time from Friday in the final free practice session with a 1’28.615, before taking almost another second off that to set his quickest ever lap of the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit, bettering his time to 1’27.670 and earning 12th on the grid for the opening race.
The McAMS Yamaha team knew that the opening 23-lap encounter would be a challenge, not only would it be their first time with a full fuel load, but it would also be the longest run so far for Mackenzie on the bike. After taking a strong start, Mackenzie held position in 12th and he stayed there for most of the race. He eventually finished 14th to take points in his first World Superbike race.
Mackenzie was keen to make further progress in the Superpole Race and Race 2 on Sunday – he crossed the line 15th, bringing home more points, concluding a strong debut World Superbike weekend.
Well done Tarran!