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.
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.”
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!”
“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!”
“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
FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER
Free Practice 1: 10:15 – 11:00
Free Practice 2: 15:15 – 16:00
SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER
Free Practice 3: 09:35 – 10:15
Qualifying: 12:15 – 13:07
Race 1: 16:00 (20 laps)
SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER
Warm-up: 10:00 – 10:15
Race 1: 12:45 (20 laps)
Race 2: 16:00 (20 laps)