Taylor Mackenzie departs Moto Rapido Ducati
It was a weekend of mixed results for Lexelle-sponsored Tarran and Taylor Mackenzie.
Taylor split with the Moto Rapido Ducati team after the final free practice session, where he came in 21st. In a season where results have not lived up to expectations, he made the reluctant decision to part company with the team.
Taylor commented: “The last thing I want to do in life is quit any project but after giving my all until Knockhill I felt things were never going to gel with myself and the Moto Rapido Ducati, so it was best for everyone if we went our separate ways. The team were incredibly understanding even saying farewell over a few beers on Saturday evening. My life is racing so my plan now is to find the right team and bike to get me back to being properly competitive and enjoying the sport I love. I have no immediate plans, but hopefully we can find a good solution very soon.”
Within 48 hours of departing the Moto Rapido Ducati team, Taylor had a deal to ride with the Bathams BMW team in the Superstock 1000 class. He will ride in the next round at Brands Hatch on 20 – 22 July.
He commented: “After my amicable split from Moto Rapido I had no immediate plans but incredibly, within forty eight hours I had a deal to ride for the Bathams BMW Team. Being back on a machine I had so much success on in 2016 is the best way for me to get back to enjoying racing. I already feel at home with Michael and the team so I’m looking forward to riding over the three race event at Brands Hatch. I can’t thank everyone involved enough for their help, commitment and support throughout the past week. Roll on Brands!”
Better result for Tarran
There was a better outcome for Tarran, though it was a difficult start. As one of the few riders who didn’t test on the Knockhill circuit, he started Race 1 19th on the grid, his worst position of the season. After placing 14th, he and the MCAMS Yamaha team worked on the bike to improve performance in Race 2. And the hard work paid off, with an 11th place finish.
Tarran said afterwards: “I love Knockhill, but our lack of testing meant my bike was hard to ride at this very physical circuit. Being the smallest lightest rider on the grid also didn’t help, however, working hard with the team meant we turned things around by the end of the weekend. 14th and 11th doesn’t sound like great results, but I left happy knowing we had transformed the bike making me competitive for race two. I was hampered by a poor grid position, but enjoyed my race dicing with Peter Hickman all the way to the flag. Every circuit is new for me on the Superbike, but along with my fantastic MCAMS team I’m loving the experience!”