Mackenzie boys on the podium at Knockhill

Taylor Mackenzie at Knockhill

A dramatic weekend of racing saw podium finishes for both Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie in Round 5 of the British Superbike Championship.

After a sunny start, the weather deteriorated rapidly with heavy rain and very difficult racing conditions. In the Superstock 1000 class, Taylor was second off the grid for Race 1 and was in the lead by the end of the opening lap. A race long battle with Richard Cooper then ensued, with Mackenzie finishing in second place, less than 1 second behind the championship leader.

Race 2 was a very different story with Mackenzie in pursuit of Cooper from the start, taking the lead on lap five. In a race that saw 11 riders fail to finish, Mackenzie opened up a 1.5 second gap over Cooper to cross the line victorious.

Now recovered from his crash at Brands Hatch, atrocious weather meant a difficult qualifying session for Tarran. Starting fourth on the grid for Race 1, he launched himself into the lead and from lap five found himself in a head to head with FS-3 Kawasaki rider, Danny Buchan. But the race came to an abrupt end for Mackenzie when he crashed out on the exit of the chicane on lap 12.

Race 2 saw him third on the grid and once more claiming the initial advantage. Quickly overtaken by Buchan and Scott Redding of Be Wiser Ducati, a crash on lap three meant a pause as the safety car was deployed. Back in action, Tommy Bridewell of Oxford Racing Ducati briefly slipped past him, before Mackenzie stormed back. After race leader Buchan crashed out on lap 18, Mackenzie began chasing down Scott Redding. He was closing the gap when the race was stopped on lap 25 due to a mechanical issue affecting track conditions.

With Taylor now standing second in the Superstock 1000 Championship and Tarran fourth in the British Superbike Championship this is proving to be a thrilling season for the Lexelle-sponsored riders.