BRANDS HATCH GP – 20.10.2019

6TH / 7TH / 7TH


10 PTS / 9 PTS / 9 PTS

11TH / 4TH / 6TH


5 PTS / 13 PTS / 10 PTS

17TH / 21ST / 20TH


0 PTS / 0 PTS / 0 PTS

1Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1:36.0281:28.8731:37.748--
2Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1:39.4591:28.9111:42.0710.0380.038
3Christian IDDONTyco BMW1:40.4641:29.310-0.4370.399
4Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1:37.4261:29.864-0.9910.554
5James ELLISONOMG Suzuki1:39.4261:29.8731:37.9091.0000.009
6Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1:35.6251:30.3131:41.8261.4400.440
7Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1:37.9921:30.499-1.6260.186
8Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:35.9001:30.6551:36.9371.7820.156
9Gino REABike Devil MV Agusta1:40.7401:30.958-2.0850.303
10Joe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW1:35.4831:31.1201:38.8612.2470.162
11Dean HARRISONSilicone Kawasaki1:38.6001:31.1291:41.7942.2560.009
12Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1:36.7381:31.243-2.3700.114
13Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1:39.8761:32.332-3.4591.089
14Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1:37.8101:32.5111:43.6333.6380.179
15Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1:36.0941:32.693-3.8200.182
16Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki1:40.3091:32.782-3.9090.089
17Claudio CORTITeam WD-401:57.8241:33.2271:41.2124.3540.445
18Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki-1:33.6681:41.5464.7950.441
19Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1:37.6881:34.585-5.7120.917
20Taylor MACKENZIETyco BMW-1:35.0961:41.2146.2230.511
21Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1:39.2891:35.2521:41.0216.3790.156
22Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1:42.3301:35.428-6.5550.176
23Billy McCONNELLOMG Suzuki-1:37.368-8.4951.940
24Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1:37.4911:41.8301:40.7448.6180.123
25Ryan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki1:38.010-1:41.1139.1370.519
26Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki--1:38.1179.2440.107
27Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki1:38.4611:38.4781:43.1539.5880.344
28Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1:46.6721:39.1381:43.41810.2650.677
29Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:40.837-1:41.06111.9641.699
1Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1:27.1351:26.4011:25.860-
2Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1:28.1441:26.4031:25.9720.112
3Christian IDDONTyco BMW1:28.2371:26.7261:26.2010.341
4Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1:28.6111:26.7501:26.3320.472
5Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1:27.9651:26.7071:26.4710.611
6Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1:28.1531:26.9381:26.4860.626
7Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki1:27.9721:27.0771:26.5090.649
8Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1:28.0981:27.1031:27.0001.140
9Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1:27.2351:26.5380.678
10Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1:28.8001:27.1671.307
11Taylor MACKENZIETyco BMW1:28.7971:27.1821.322
12James ELLISONOMG Suzuki1:28.0481:27.2691.409
13Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1:28.6101:27.3621.502
14Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:28.0511:27.4021.542
15Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1:28.6341:27.4471.587
16Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1:28.6081:27.6691.809
17Gino REABike Devil MV Agusta1:28.8851:28.1492.289
18Dean HARRISONSilicone Kawasaki1:28.6911:28.8022.942
19Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1:28.8903.030
20Joe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW1:28.9473.087
21Ryan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki1:29.0143.154
22Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1:29.1303.270
23Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1:29.3483.488
24Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1:29.4683.608
25Billy McCONNELLOMG Suzuki1:29.6503.790
26Claudio CORTITeam WD-401:29.7373.877
27Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:30.3194.459
28Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki1:30.6364.776
29Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1:31.3815.521
1Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati1217:18.268--1:25.766
2Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati1217:20.5242.2562.2561:25.936
3Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati1217:26.7038.4356.1791:26.214
4Christian IDDONTyco BMW1217:27.4819.2130.7781:26.511
5Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki1217:27.8509.5820.3691:26.660
6Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha1217:29.29111.0231.4411:26.614
7Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW1217:30.22611.9580.9351:26.726
8Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing1217:34.23215.9644.0061:27.066
9Andrew IRWINHonda Racing1217:34.46216.1940.2301:27.061
10Taylor MACKENZIETyco BMW1217:34.55716.2890.0951:26.979
11Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha1217:35.45217.1840.8951:26.604
12Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha1217:35.61917.3510.1671:27.113
13Alex OLSENSmiths BMW1217:45.09826.8309.4791:27.135
14Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki1217:45.34827.0800.2501:27.228
15Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki1217:45.51427.2460.1661:27.686
16Ben CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1217:47.86329.5952.3491:27.555
17Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha1217:50.66032.3922.7971:27.602
18Dean HARRISONSilicone Kawasaki1217:53.69035.4223.0301:28.040
19Claudio CORTITeam WD-401217:53.69035.4220.0001:28.241
20Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki1217:53.98235.7140.2921:28.119
21Billy McCONNELLOMG Suzuki1217:54.21935.9510.2371:28.377
22Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1218:02.63244.3648.4131:28.895
DNFSam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki0----
1Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati2028:47.221--1:25.890
2Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati2028:47.3400.1190.1191:25.771
3Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati2028:48.0170.7960.6771:25.700
4Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha2028:54.4617.2406.4441:26.089
5Christian IDDONTyco BMW2028:55.4578.2360.9961:26.041
6Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki2028:55.9748.7530.5171:26.107
7Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha2028:56.9929.7711.0181:26.128
8Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW2028:59.69912.4782.7071:26.213
9Andrew IRWINHonda Racing2029:05.46718.2465.7681:26.292
10Taylor MACKENZIETyco BMW2029:08.08320.8622.6161:26.555
11Xavi FORÉSHonda Racing2029:09.73422.5131.6511:26.612
12Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha2029:09.83722.6160.1031:26.499
13Alex OLSENSmiths BMW2029:10.75823.5370.9211:26.741
14Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki2029:13.48826.2672.7301:26.505
15Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki2029:17.55230.3314.0641:26.961
16Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki2029:20.74433.5233.1921:27.082
17James ELLISONOMG Suzuki2029:20.90033.6790.1561:26.910
18Dean HARRISONSilicone Kawasaki2029:23.31636.0952.4161:27.050
19Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki2029:32.41945.1989.1031:27.313
20Claudio CORTITeam WD-402029:33.24346.0220.8241:27.492
21Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha2029:39.56052.3396.3171:27.652
22Billy McCONNELLOMG Suzuki2029:43.38756.1663.8271:28.289
23Josh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki2029:45.56758.3462.1801:28.405
24Gino REABike Devil MV Agusta1830:03.3342 Laps2 Laps1:27.916
DNFShaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha1319:32.3457 Laps5 Laps1:28.822
DNFSam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki710:34.83913 Laps6 Laps1:28.901
DNFJoe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW608:57.80714 Laps1 Lap1:28.124
DNFRyan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki203:06.85218 Laps4 Laps1:28.585
DNFBen CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki0----
1Josh BROOKESBe Wiser Ducati2028:42.489--1:25.724
2Tommy BRIDEWELLOxford Ducati2028:42.7120.2230.2231:25.665
3Scott REDDINGBe Wiser Ducati2028:54.84612.35712.1341:25.591
4Christian IDDONTyco BMW2028:57.18414.6952.3381:25.869
5Peter HICKMANSmiths BMW2029:00.44117.9523.2571:26.196
6Tarran MACKENZIEMcAMS Yamaha2029:00.72718.2380.2861:26.224
7Jason O'HALLORANMcAMS Yamaha2029:00.93318.4440.2061:26.241
8Danny BUCHANFS-3 Kawasaki2029:03.38420.8952.4511:26.325
9Andrew IRWINHonda Racing2029:05.77023.2812.3861:26.513
10Dan LINFOOTTAG Yamaha2029:05.92823.4390.1581:26.504
11Taylor MACKENZIETyco BMW2029:06.05023.5610.1221:26.525
12Luke MOSSEYOMG Suzuki2029:07.07424.5851.0241:26.600
13Alex OLSENSmiths BMW2029:07.42824.9390.3541:26.724
14Bradley RAYBuildbase Suzuki2029:15.49933.0108.0711:26.718
15Claudio CORTITeam WD-402029:21.61439.1256.1151:27.224
16Héctor BARBERÁJG Speedfit Kawasaki2029:27.81645.3276.2021:27.031
17Luke STAPLEFORDBuildbase Suzuki2029:28.02445.5350.2081:27.364
18Billy McCONNELLOMG Suzuki2029:37.17054.6819.1461:27.897
19Gino REABike Devil MV Agusta2029:37.72255.2330.5521:27.702
20Matt TRUELOVERaceways Yamaha2029:46.3301:03.8418.6081:28.335
21Sam COVENTRYTeam 64 Kawasaki2029:46.4161:03.9270.0861:28.344
22Shaun WINFIELDTAG Yamaha2030:07.0011:24.51220.5851:28.718
DNFJames ELLISONOMG Suzuki1826:15.4132 Laps25 Laps1:26.576
DNFDean HARRISONSilicone Kawasaki1319:11.0367 Laps5 Laps1:27.532
DNFJosh OWENSCDH Racing Kawasaki1319:28.3457 Laps17.3091:28.602
DNFBen CURRIEJG Speedfit Kawasaki1116:18.0159 Laps2 Laps1:27.233
DNFRyan VICKERSRAF Kawasaki913:26.63911 Laps2 Laps1:28.365
DNFXavi FORÉSHonda Racing811:50.41412 Laps1 Lap1:27.255
DNFJoe FRANCISLloyd & Jones BMW34:35.42517 Laps5 Laps1:28.922


The McAMS Yamaha team will enter battle for the final time this year as the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship concludes at Brands Hatch this weekend with three races to be contested on the famous Grand Prix circuit.

Showdown contender Tarran Mackenzie remains focused on achieving the best possible overall championship result on his YZF-R1, returning to a circuit where he was fast earlier in the year and has previously fought at the front. Mackenzie is just 42 points off third in the championship with 75 points on the table over the three races at Brands Hatch this weekend, but while the championship rostrum is an underlying goal – the 23-year-old is determined to return to the sharp end after a challenging second half of the season.

Jason O’Halloran is also confident of ending the season on a high. Having taken his first podium with McAMS Yamaha back at Assen, the Aussie is confident the YZF-R1 will give him what he needs to fight at the front this weekend despite his broken shoulder still causing some issues.

Brands Hatch provides rookie Matt Truelove with three final chances to score his first British Championship points, a goal he’s been close to in previous rounds. He finished 18th in both outings at the Kent circuit earlier this year.

Tarran Mackenzie
Championship: 5th (538 points)
“Brands Hatch has always been a great circuit for the YZF-R1 and we were going really well there earlier this year until I slipped off in qualifying, so I am confident of ending the season on a high this weekend. Obviously we want to finish as high up the championship order as possible, but the priority for me is to be back at the front, fighting for podiums and wins like we were in the first half of this season.”

Jason O’Halloran
Championship: 9th (167 points)
“I love Brands and the Yamaha works really well there. When we visited earlier in the year we were a bit lost with set-up, but we turned a corner with that shortly after and the bike is now in a great place for me, so I’m looking forward to getting back to another fast, sweeping circuit that really suits the R1’s style. My goal for the end of the year was to stand on the podium, we’ve done that but it doesn’t mean I’m standing still now – we want to end the season on a high!”

Matt Truelove
“I can’t believe it’s time for the final round of the year! It seems like yesterday we were lining up at Silverstone. Brands was a really strong round for us earlier in the year, we had two top 20 finishes and I was feeling really good on the bike. The aim is still to score points and we’ve got three races left to try it. I’m looking forward to giving it a good go, wet or dry!”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“It’s certainly been a bit of a rollercoaster year. We’ve had highs and we’ve had lows. Donington was a tough round for us, for some reason it just didn’t work so the priority will be to end the season on a high at Brands this weekend. The bike has always worked well on the Grand Prix track and Taz was looking very strong until he crashed on what could have been a pole lap earlier this year. We know we’ve got two riders who are capable of fighting at the front and with it being the last three races for the current generation of R1, it’d be nice to round out the season with some silverware!”

Round 12 – Brands Hatch GP

Free Practice 1: 10:15 – 11:00
Free Practice 2: 15:15 – 16:00

Free Practice 3: 09:35 – 10:15
Qualifying: 12:15 – 13:07
Race 1: 16:00 (20 laps)

Warm-up: 10:00 – 10:15
Race 1: 12:45 (20 laps)
Race 2: 16:00 (20 laps)

The final round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship got off to a challenging start with the October weather conditions hindering progress for McAMS Yamaha.

There were signs of promise for the Fleetwood-based squad with Jason O’Halloran leading the way in fully wet conditions half way through opening free practice, but as the track started to dry up conditions were significantly sketchy leading both O’Halloran and Mackenzie to err on the side of caution with nothing to gain and a lot to lose.

There were hopes the afternoon’s second session would be dry, but a heavy shower over lunch made things tricky as while much of the track had dried, there were still a number of wet patches around the back of the circuit. Again taking it easy, O’Halloran ended the session 12th fastest while Mackenzie only completed three laps.

Despite the frustration, both O’Halloran and Mackenzie were left feeling positive after significant changes made with the YZF-R1 between Donington and this weekend proved to provide a better feeling for both riders.

Rookie Matt Truelove impressed in the sketchy FP1 conditions to sit ninth and was 19th overall in FP2.

Saturday will be a busy day for the team with three outings, beginning with FP3 at 09:35 before qualifying at lunch time and then the opening race of the weekend at 16:00.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Free Practice 1:

  1. Joe Francis (Lloyd & Jones Bowker BMW 1:35.483s
  2. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.142s
  3. Ben Currie (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.417s
  4. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.545s
  5. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.611s
  6. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +1.255s
  7. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.943s
  8. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +2.008s
  9. Matt Truelove (Raceways Yamaha) +2.205s
  10. Josh Owens (CDH Racing) +2.327s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Free Practice 2 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1:28.873s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.038s
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.437s
  4. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.991s
  5. James Ellison (OMG Racing Suzuki) +1.000s
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.440s
  7. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.626s
  8. Ben Currie (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.782s
  9. Gino Rea (Bike Devil Sweda MV Augusta) +2.085s
  10. Joe Francis (Lloyd & Jones Bowker BMW) +2.247s
  11. 12. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +2.370
  12. 19. Matt Truelove (McAMS Yamaha) +5.712
  13. 24. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +8.618

Jason O’Halloran
“It was a difficult day for everybody. I went out in both sessions and did plenty of laps because you never know what conditions are going to be like on race day. We’ve got a race tomorrow so it was important to get out today in all the conditions and get a feel for it. I don’t think we’re in too bad a place, FP2 was a bit difficult and it just depends on how much you want to push in dodgy conditions. We’ll come back tomorrow for a busy day with practice, qualifying and race so hopefully we can have a good day!”

Tarran Mackenzie
“This morning was really wet to start with and quite cold. I had a really good feeling straightaway which is good as the bike is quite different to how we’ve had it most of the year. This afternoon it looked like it was drying out but rained just after lunch so it was mixed again. The first half of the track was dry and the second half wet so I didn’t do many laps. I’m feeling good on the bike and the rest of the weekend looks dry now so fingers crossed we can have a strong weekend.”

Matt Truelove
“It was nice to be in the top ten in this morning’s session, I quite like those conditions and pushed on as the track dried. This afternoon was a bit more difficult, half of the track was bone dry and then out at the back it was wet, which made it quite challenging and there’s a lot to lose in those situations and very little to gain! We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“Today was one of those days where it’s all a bit pointless! We were happy to be sixth and eighth in FP1, especially as we showed very strong pace in the fully wet conditions early on until things started to dry up and then it becomes about weighing up risk versus reward. That was the case in FP2 as part of the track was bone dry and the other part, some of the fastest sections, very wet so it’s just not worth pushing too hard when there are no points for free practice! It looks like it’s going to be dry for the rest of the weekend, fingers crossed!”

The McAMS Yamaha team made the most of difficult circumstances on Saturday at Brands Hatch, taking decent points and more importantly bagging a second row start for tomorrow’s second race.

Third free practice was another session rendered pointless with the track wet from overnight rainfall, while the forecast was for no more rain and dry conditions later in the day for qualifying and the first race.

Q1 was the first time any rider had taken to the track in fully dry conditions this year, but there were still some damp patches littered around the course. After enjoying a strong initial feeling with his YZF-R1, Mackenzie was looking good but he’d unfortunately clip a damp patch on the way into Stirlings. A rather innocuous crash turned into quite a dramatic one, as the R1 dug into the gravel and flipped over the barrier. A complete re-build would be required in the three hours before race one, which an unhurt Tarran would start from 22nd on the grid.

Flying the flag solo, O’Halloran made it all the way through to the final stage of qualifying where he’d qualify sixth.

The Aussie got a strong start from the second row of the grid to be fighting for the podium from the off. Mackenzie made steady progress to sit 15th when a blow-up for another rider resulted in the red flag coming out.

Starting fifth and 15th on the grid, the duo got off to a strong start – O’Halloran again battling for the podium and Mackenzie chipping away moving up the field. Issues with a lack of grip held O’Halloran back towards the end, leaving him to cross the line sixth.

Mackenzie finished 11th, but crucially set the fifth fastest lap of the race to secure a second row start for tomorrow’s second race. O’Halloran will join him on the second row in sixth.

After running in the points in the mid-stage of the race, rookie Matt Truelove finished 17th.

Jason O’Halloran
Qualifying: 6th    Race 1: 6th 
“Today was OK. It was frustrating to be able to see the podium finishers, but I was just losing out in a couple of key areas. We’ll put our heads together tonight and see if we can improve some areas and have a couple of strong races tomorrow. I feel good within myself and for the second half of the track I felt really strong, but I struggled in the first half so if we can improve there I’ll be happy!”

Tarran Mackenzie
Qualifying: 23rd    Race 1: 11th 
“Qualifying was going really well until I clipped a wet patch. It was unfortunate that in the way the bike bounced it barrel-rolled and went straight over the barrier and into the trees so the boys had a lot of work to do. They built a brand new bike from qualifying to race one and I came round to the grid and the only thing that needed adjusting was a lever, so they did a great job and a massive thanks to them as it’s not easy to re-build a bike in that time. The race was good, I struggled in the first part but after the red flag I felt a lot more comfortable. The second part of the race was good for us and I’m fifth on the grid tomorrow so we’ll be looking to end the year on a high.”

Matt Truelove
Qualifying: 22nd     Race 1: 17th 
“I’m happy with that, nobody had any dry track time before qualifying so we kind of went into it a bit blind but it was the same for everyone. I felt comfortable in the race, especially in the second half and I was looking good for points but I made a mistake and lost a few positions. We’ll have another go tomorrow!”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“I think we can leave Brands happy tonight after what has been a difficult day. The boys were feeling good in qualifying so it was a shame to see Taz hit a wet patch and go down. The bike was totalled – we had to build a completely new one before the race and although it was tight, the team did a great job to get that done. While the result wasn’t great for Taz, he’s fifth on the grid for tomorrow which is exciting. Jason continues to impress me, riding with a broken shoulder. Sixth today was good for him but he’s confident with a few changes we can be fighting for the podium tomorrow.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Datatag Qualifying result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1:25.860s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.112s
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.341s
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.472s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.611s
  6. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.626s
  7. Luke Mossey (OMG Racing Suzuki) +0.649s
  8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.140s
  9. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
    22. Matt Truelove (McAMS Yamaha) Q1
    23. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) Q1

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 1 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +2.256s
  3. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +8.435s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +9.213s
  5. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +9.582s
  6. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +11.023s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +11.958s
  8. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +15.964s
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +16.194s
  10. Taylor Mackenzie (Tyco BMW) +16.305s
  11. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +16.620
    17. Matt Truelove (McAMS Yamaha) +29.595

McAMS Yamaha left the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike season on a positive note after a solid race day at Brands Hatch saw Tarran Mackenzie secure his best results since breaking his wrist at Thruxton.

Starting fifth and sixth on the grid for the second race of the weekend, the McAMS Yamaha duo suffered mixed fortunes at the start with Jason O’Halloran shooting off the line to join the leading group. Mackenzie got a bit beat up in the opening stages and sat eighth at the end of the opening lap.

As the three Ducatis pulled a gap, O’Halloran settled into fifth position, but Mackenzie was on the move. Charging through, he’d then catch fourth-placed Christian Iddon to take his best result since Snetterton earlier in the year. Fading towards the end, O’Halloran took seventh.

Race two would be a more difficult affair after a step in the wrong direction meant Mackenzie would struggle to match his race one pace, but always the fighter, the 23-year-old fought through to take a top six finish ahead of team-mate O’Halloran in seventh. Matt Truelove finished the day’s races in 20th and 21st place.

The weekend marks the conclusion of what has been a year of highs and lows with Mackenzie rounding out the championship in fifth overall, while after missing the showdown, O’Halloran completed the top ten in the standings.

Tarran Mackenzie
Race 2: 4th  Race 2: 6th    Championship: 5th
“The first race today was really good, I felt like I was back to how I’ve been during the year. The feeling with the bike I had allowed me to ride it how I wanted to ride it, it gave me good feedback and good confidence during the race. I was happy with that, but for race two we made a change that I wanted to make, it could have gone either way, I thought it’d make it better but it didn’t and I didn’t have a very strong end to the race! It wasn’t the greatest result but I’m happy. I’d have taken a fourth and a sixth coming into this weekend as it’s a good way to end what’s been a tough season!”

Jason O’Halloran
Race 1: 7th Race 2: 7th   Championship: 10th
“Today hasn’t been bad, we kept the bike on two wheels and suffered no more injuries.. The best thing about today is we learned a lot, every time I rode the bike this weekend it was different as we used it as a bit of a test to get as much information as possible before the off-season. I’m happy to finish the season with three top tens. I’m looking forward to heading into the off season and getting myself fixed up and fit again. This year I think it’s fair to say we haven’t maximised our potential, which is disappointing but it’s promising for 2020.”

Matt Truelove
Race 1: 21st     Race 2: 20th
“Well that’s the end of my first season in superbikes. I think there have been positives to take from the year, I’ve learned a lot. I’m not too happy with where I finished today compared to yesterday but it is what it is. We’ll come back next year and build on our experience.”

Steve Rodgers
Team Owner
“I think we can say we ended the season on a high. I think we saw Taz gain a lot of confidence again in race one, which has been missing for the last few rounds since he broke his wrist. They went the wrong way for race two but these things happen, we didn’t have much to lose and they wanted to try something. We’ve seen how much potential he has, he’s only 23-years-old and in his second year in superbike, so this year has definitely been a learning experience – hopefully we can build on that next year. Jason has spent much of the season injured, which is a shame as we know what he is capable of and we’ve seen it at times this year – Silverstone and Assen in particular. The plan is for him to get fit over the winter and then come back stronger next year. I’d like to extend a huge thanks to all our sponsors, partners and fans for their support this year – without them this job would not be possible.”


CIRCUITBrands Hatch Circuit
ADDRESSFawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG


LENGTH (KM)3.916


No. of Turns12


Lap Record


Best Lap


2017 Result

1.Josh BROOKES (TAG Yamaha)28:59.284
2.Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing)+0.687
3.James ELLISON (McAMS Yamaha)+0.857