The McAMS Yamaha team were back on track for the first time since March today as Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran rolled out of pit lane for a shakedown test at Knockhill.
With less than a month until the delayed 2020 British Superbike Championship gets underway at Donington Park, the team crossed the border to Scotland for their first run out since a private test session at Almeria in March.
After the enforced period of no riding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Mackenzie and O’Halloran returned to the track earlier this month for some training laps on road bikes before getting back on their 2020 YZF-R1 superbikes today.
The aim of the Knockhill test was to allow the riders to get back up to speed before the team undergo further tests later this month, leading up to the official BSB test at Donington Park on July 28th.
Despite the test being brought to a premature conclusion as the Scottish heaven’s opened, it was a productive and useful day for the team.
Completing 80 laps of the 1.3-mile Knockhill circuit, which no longer features on the shortened 2020 BSB calendar, Mackenzie was pleased with how quickly he got back up to speed with the 2020 R1 and felt strong on the bike.
It was a strong day for O’Halloran too, who was working with new crew chief Barry Stanley for the first time.
McAMS Yamaha will return to the track at Croft in just over a week’s time as they continue their preparation for the 2020 season before their testing programme concludes at the official BSB test.
The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is set to get underway at Donington Park between 7-9 August.