Challenging race for Tarran Mackenzie at Cadwell Park

Tarran Mackenzie at Cadwell Park

A difficult track presented some challenges for the rookie Superbike rider.

The narrow, technical nature of the circuit at Cadwell Park favours accurate, aggressive riding throughout. As one of only a few riders not to test there, Tarran was on the back foot from the beginning. He was 11th on the grid for race one, qualifying just 0.6 seconds below the fastest time, and finished in a creditable 8th place.

Race two saw him in 9th place on the grid. He was on course for a similar result to race one when he slipped off mid-race at the high speed Charlies section and failed to finish.

Undaunted, Tarran is looking forward to Round 9 at Silverstone on 7 – 9 September.

“Cadwell Park was definitely a shock to my system as it is so fast and narrow,” he said after the race.  “It is basically like riding down ‘B’ roads at 170mph without the hedges and fences, but I have to say it’s amazing fun. The first session was difficult but once my team had some data downloaded they began to improve my McAMS Yamaha.  I made a small change for race two but didn’t have quite as much feel from the front end of my bike.  I got frustrated after being held up with slow riders early in the race so probably pushed too hard trying to catch the front group once I had a clear track.  It was still a great weekend as we gathered valuable information for the future and I’m a better rider from the experience.  It is super fast Silverstone next and another new track for me on the Superbike but I’m ready to get stuck in!”