Tricky weather conditions over the bank holiday weekend made it a challenge for the Mackenzie boys.
The physical nature of the circuit put Tarran, the smallest and lightest of the BSB riders, at a disadvantage. Wet practice conditions meant that finding the right bike set up was also difficult and changes to his McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 after practice proved unhelpful. Qualifying 12th on the grid for Race 1, he made good ground in the first lap until he ran on, rejoining in 17th. He fought hard to get back in the race and finished in 8th place.
Race 2 was more straightforward as he moved steadily through the field from 8th on the grid. A final lap challenge to Scott Redding saw him narrowly miss out on 4th place to eventually finish in 5th. It was a solid result and Tarran retains the lead in the British Superbike Championship, tied with Oxford Racing’s Tommy Bridewell.
Tarran comments: “It didn’t come easy but we all worked hard to find a good engine and chassis combination for Sunday’s races. After a good start I ran on so fought back to 8th after coming round 17th in the second lap. Race two was much better as I had a great race hunting down Scott Redding to eventually finish 5th. More importantly I came away leading the British Superbike Championship as we head to my home round at Donington Park in two weeks time. I honestly can’t wait!”
In Superstock 1000, Taylor overcame the changeable conditions to qualify 2nd on the grid on his Bathams BMW. After a strong start, he was quickly overtaken by series leader Richard Cooper and from then on it was a battle between the two to lead the race. Briefly overtaken by Lee Jackson on Lap 3, Taylor kept up his pursuit of Cooper, finishing in 2nd, just 0.148 seconds behind the winner.
Afterwards Taylor commented: ” Practice was hectic as usual but I was happy with my front row starting position. Our race was tricky as the conditions dried up and we had to race on a dry track with wet tyres. I felt comfortable leading, but once again I had a tussle with Richard Cooper who excels on a drying track. I managed to squeeze past at the last corner but then ran wide so had to settle for second. This was the best I’ve ever ridden in these conditions so I have to be satisfied with my weekend and now only eight points off the Championship lead.”
The next event on the BSB calendar will be the triple-header at Donington Park on 24-26 May.