It was a mixed weekend for Tarran Mackenzie as the British Superbike Championship travelled to Assen for the penultimate race of 2018.
The Netherlands track suits Mackenzie’s riding style and his McAMS Yamaha bike and he kept a top four spot throughout practice. Qualifying for Race 1 in second, he was just 0.004 seconds from pole position. Mackenzie led for 15 of the 18 laps only to be overtaken at the final chicane of lap 16 by Leon Haslam. Lap 17 saw Jake Dixon make an identical move and Mackenzie finished in third, just 1.6 seconds behind the leaders.
After starting in third, Race 2 ended spectacularly for Mackenzie when he crashed exiting the final chicane after a safety car restart on lap 1.
“I came away from Assen a bit battered but also very happy as I had strong pace all weekend,” Mackenzie said afterwards. ” I was disappointed not to win the opening race but knew a small adjustment to my bike could help me in race two.
“I was pushing too hard early on so got caught out on the direction change coming onto the start finish with cold tyres and down I went. I was extremely lucky not to be hit by the following pack so I have to thank my fellow riders for their quick reactions but also my awesome Alpinestars Airbag suit that saved me from serious injury. Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon are both off to the World Championship next year so being able to race regularly with them now gives me confidence that my riding is on course in my rookie Superbike season.
“I’ll be trying for more podiums at the triple header down at Brands Hatch next so can’t wait to be back on the bike and working with the McAMS Yamaha team.”
The final fixture of the 2018 season takes place at Brands Hatch on 12th – 14th October.