There were mixed emotions at Oulton Park this weekend for Lexelle-sponsored riders Tarran and Taylor Mackenzie.
Tarran secured his spot in the British Superbike title fighters’ showdown for the first time, moving up to fourth place in the overall standings. Still recovering from the wrist he broke at Thruxton last month, he took eighth, ninth and seventh in the triple header event.
The Showdown sees the top six elevated to 500 points, plus however many podium points the riders have achieved over the first nine rounds. Tarran now sits just 33 points back from series leader Josh Brookes.
Tarran commented afterwards, “It was a tough one because on Friday I didn’t have a very good feeling and then I didn’t actually get to try what we did to improve it in FP3 as the weather was bad. I then crashed in qualifying so it wasn’t the smoothest of weekends. All three races were solid, I gained valuable knowledge in each one of those which we could look at the data and improve the bike from there, so in race three the bike was the best it’s been all weekend and I felt like I put together a good race. We weren’t near the podium but I felt I got back into a rhythm and had a good feeling with the bike. Getting into the Showdown is great, for both myself and the team as I feel we deserve to after the season we’ve had. I had a bit of a mid-season blip with the injury but I’m happy to be in the title fight and now we can get ready for the next three rounds.”
Taylor had a frustrating weekend after taking his new model BMW S1000RR to pole position for the first race in his double header weekend. Unfortunately, a mistake with tyre pressures saw him pushed back to dead last on the grid. This made winning virtually impossible, but he rode superbly to sixth position and set a new lap record on the last lap. He went on to lead the majority of Sunday’s race, but an uncharacteristic error on the last lap saw him drop to third at the flag.
The results mean that Richard Cooper has secured the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship, with Taylor standing second at 59 points behind.
“Obviously I’m gutted about what happened on the grid with the tyre pressures, but it is what it is,” Taylor said. “The positive is that the bike felt sensational during the race, and crucially, very fast. Obviously we came here looking to close down the points gap in the championship, and that hasn’t happened. Sunday’s race result means that the championship is now out of reach, however, I will be giving it my all in the final two rounds to be on the top step of the podium.
The gamble of switching to the new bike was definitely the right thing to do. The new S1000RR is absolutely awesome. A huge thanks to my Bathams Team and all sponsors for their rock solid support.”