Young Scottish rider Terran Mackenzie was a whisker away from claiming an unlikely victory in the Monster Energy Motostar Championship at Oulton Park.
The Lexelle-sponsored rider had spent the weekend with dad Niall Mackenzie at Jerez in Spain but flew back in time for Monday’s race.
Starting from the back of the grid, the Redline KTM rider had forced his way into fourth place by the half way stage but couldn’t quite see off eventual race winner Joe Francis who took first place by 0.055 of a second.
Tarran said: “Well that was an eventful weekend! First of all I need to thank Stuart Higgs (BSB Race Director) for allowing me to start the race on Monday despite missing practice and qualifying.
“Even with my grid position, I felt confident for the win as I feel so good on the bike and with the team. The first lap was crazy – passing 20 riders – and I caught the leaders pretty easily. But when I hit the front that woke up Joe Francis and I pulled him along with me. Hats off to him as he defended well to get the win.
“Definitely one of my best ever races but in some ways I’m annoyed as victory was close and my lead in championship has been cut down to five points. But to get second from the back of the grid, I guess I can’t complain really.”
The result made it two wins and one second place for Mackenzie so far this season. He now leads Francis the Moto3 division by five points.
In the 125 class, fellow Lexelle-sponsored rider Callum Bey continued his steady start to the season with an eighth place finish and has climbed up to fifth place in the overall standings.
He said: “I had a good solid weekend improving my result from the previous round at Thruxton and also a great battle in the race with some of the fellow competitors.
“I made a good start getting up to about 5th place in the first corner, I tried to get away with the leading group but they were a little faster than me in the first few laps which made it hard to stick with them.
“I then got into a good battle with one of the other competitors for the remainder of the race. I managed to beat him by slipstreaming him to the line which I was quite happy about.
“I’m now 5th in the championship and hope to move further up the leaderboard at Knockhill.”
The next round of the Monster Energy Motostar Championship takes place at Knockhill on June 14th-16th.