Season’s best results in British Superbike Round 7
It was a terrific weekend for both Mackenzie brothers at superfast Thruxton, despite an unpromising start for Tarran. Consistently in the top six during practice, his McAMS Yamaha had a technical failure during qualifying which meant starting race one from last place on the grid.
With a new engine fitted overnight, he had no more problems and stormed from last place to 9th in race one. Race 2 went even better and he finished a strong 5th, only 2.2 seconds behind the leader.
“My good form continued at Thruxton where I once again learned loads at the fastest track on the calendar,” Tarran commented. “My bike seemed physically tough to ride on Friday but my crew figured out a good setting to make my bike more stable under hard acceleration and heavy braking. Race one was a challenge coming through the pack and by the time I broke into the top ten my rear tyre was spinning badly so I had to keep things safe. Starting from 7th on the grid from race 2 meant I was immediately in the leading bunch and in a good rhythm. Like Brands Hatch I was with Leon Haslam for most of the race so I was able to learn lots as he is one of the world’s best superbike riders. Being just half a second from the podium at the chequered flag gave me a great confidence boost for the next races.”
Great result for Taylor
Taylor had a trouble-free practice and started his Superstock 1000cc Championship race in pole position. He made a strong start and took the lead, then found himself in a race-long five way battle for first place. He eventually finished in 2nd place, only 0.2 seconds behind the winner, Josh Elliott.
Taylor said afterwards: “I’m still smiling from the weekend as I’m back to riding at my best and ready to take the next step back to winning races. My crew chief Alec at the Bathams BMW team has got my bike working perfectly in the chassis department so I was able to manage my tyre wear then push hard on the closing laps of the race. After a mistake on my part last time out I took no chances this time so I’m satisfied with my second place finish. I’m back enjoying racing with a fantastic team and so very grateful for everyone supporting me during the recent realignment of my career.”