Taz stays in Motostar championship hunt

Tarran Mackenzie

Lexelle-sponsored rider Tarran Mackenzie kept in touching distance of top spot in the Monster Energy Motostar Championship with a second place finish at Brands Hatch.

Tarran missed out on first place to Joe Irving by just 0.1 seconds but the result cut Joe Francis’ championship lead to just 16 points.

With the Championship now at the halfway stage, Tarran is in a great position to challenge for the title over the next six races.

He said: “My weekend at Brands Hatch started really well and after qualifying on pole position I was confident for the race.

“I made a good start and after battling in a group of five got to the front on the last lap.

“Unfortunately there was some elbow banging at the final corner so I lost out on the win by 0.1 of a second. I closed in on the championship leader though so I still came home happy.”

His brother Taylor recorded another top 10 finish after crashing out in the first race and sits just 21 points of the championship top six.

Taylor said: “We got a good start in race one and were well on the pace but I just tucked the front and could do nothing about it.

“Thankfully the bike wasn’t too badly damaged. In race two it was a case of, if you don’t get away with the leading group it’s difficult to make up places. I got caught behind another rider and by the time I got by the gap was too big to recover, but we’ve made more progress this round and that’s important.”

Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill said: “Taylor was unfortunate to slip off in the first Supersport race but recovered well with a solid result in race two, so a good weekend overall for us as a team.”

In the Monster Energy Motostar 125 GP, Callum Bey finished 6th and maintained fourth position in the overall championship.

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinnes recorded a 16th place finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

The next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on 9-11th August.