Tarran Mackenzie takes first BSB win
It was a weekend of celebrations at Silverstone for Lexelle-sponsored riders Tarran and Taylor Mackenzie.
Tarran took pole position in Race 1 – a first for him – and controlled the race from the start together with McAMS Yamaha teammate Jason O’Halloran. With O’Halloran leading at the penultimate turn, a move from Mackenzie resulted in contact and O’Halloran crashed out. Although Mackenzie crossed the line in first place, he had 3 seconds deducted from his time and finished in second.
Race two success for Tarran
There were no further problems in Race 2 with Mackenzie taking the lead on lap 14 and staying there for the rest of the race. This is his first BSB win.
A delighted Tarran commented, “I’m still buzzing from an amazing weekend where I ticked two more boxes by qualifying on pole and winning my first superbike race. My bike took a big step forward at the weekend after we rectified a set up issue I had in winter testing. I was so pleased after a small change made a big difference to my lap times and race pace.
Race one was unfortunate as my team mate Jason crashed out at the last corner as we were fighting for the lead. I felt my pass was fair but race direction gave me a three second penalty demoting me to second place. In race two I made a good start circulating in fourth before making my way to the front. It was close all the way to the flag but I felt like I had control in the closing laps.
Roll on round two at Oulton Park!”
A great start to the season for Taylor
Taylor also had a strong start to the season, placing second in both races in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 championship. In Race 1, a last lap battle between Mackenzie, Richard Cooper and Alex Olsen saw Cooper take the lead at the final turn, with Mackenzie just xxx seconds behind.
Race 2 was almost a replica of the first, with the same 3 rides battling it out to finish in exactly the same order.
Afterwards, Taylor commented, “The Superstock Championship is tougher than ever this year so it was good to see we were on the pace at Silverstone. I was hoping for two podium finishes so I’m more than satisfied with my opening results. We improved the Bathams BMW over the three days and I know there is plenty more to come. I felt good leading in Sunday’s race but my tyre wear wasn’t great over the last closing laps so I needed to stay safe. We’ve had some new suspension parts for this year so I’m confident a little more fine tuning will help in this area. I’ll be testing before the next round so another podium will be the goal at Oulton Park.
As an extra challenge I sliced my finger open on Saturday evening with a kitchen knife so was very lucky to be racing on Sunday!”
The next event is at Oulton Park, 4th – 6th May.