Tough start for Mackenzie brothers at Brands Hatch

Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

Taylor Mackenzie

Lexelle-sponsored riders Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie battled thorough tough weather conditions in the opening round of the British Superbike season but were happy to come away with points on the board.

Taylor, in his second season with the Tyco Suzuki team in the British Supersport class, struggled to find a good wet setting for his qualifying session at Brands Hatch and although his time improved for the sprint race, he could only manage 17th position.

His pace was much better for the dry feature race, however, a poor grid position meant he could only get to eighth when the chequered flag came out.

Taylor was disappointed with the result but is determined to make amends in round two at Oulton Park.

He said: “I went to Brands expecting to be finish somewhere in the top five but not finding a good suspension setting for the wet put a spanner in the works.

” After a dry morning warm up my confidence returned but my poor lap time from Sunday’s race meant I was way back on the grid.

“My pace was good enough for the top six but having to fight through traffic made things difficult. I’m back in the gym today and working extra hard to get my season back on course.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Tarran Mackenzie

Tarran, making his debut for the WD-40 team in the 600 Superstock class, could only manage 27th place on the grid but was just 1.4 seconds off pole position.

The youngster fought his way through for a 15th place finish.

He said: “I really enjoyed my first race weekend on the WD40 600 Kawasaki and learned loads in all kinds of conditions.

“My race was hectic with riders slamming into one another but I managed to stay out of trouble and score my first point by coming home in 15th position.

“I am testing at Oulton Park this Friday so should be ready for the next race there on May 5.”

Dad Niall admitted it was a tough weekend.

“We are all shattered after a manic weekend but already preparing for round two at Oulton Park,” he said.