McAMS Yamaha back on track for Knockhill shakedown

McAMS Yamaha back on track for Knockhill shakedown

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.

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Tarran Mackenzie

“Today was pretty good! I did some laps on my practice bike to get my head in the game and then at lunch time we headed out on the superbike for the first time, which was good to get my brain back up to speed! The bike was very similar to what we ran at Knockhill last year and it felt really good, everything was pretty plain sailing and it all seemed to work well which is great considering we’ve all been on hold for four months!

“I did 80 laps in the end, which I was pretty pleased with as even though the rain ended the day early, I had a good feeling on the bike so I’m looking forward to getting back out in the next few weeks.”

Jason O'Halloran

“It was great to be back on the superbike after four months off! I really enjoy riding around Knockhill so it was great to be back on the R1 today. We got through quite a bit and the bike was feeling good, which is good after such a long time away. It feels as though we’ve been building towards this moment for a long time and now we’ve been out on the bike the 2020 season feels a lot closer!

“Thanks to the team for organising today, it’s really important to get a shakedown test after such a long time off the bike, now we’re back up to speed we can focus on getting the bike where it needs to be ahead of Round 1, but early signs are promising, just as they were back in March!”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“It’s a huge relief to get the guys back on track as there were points this year where we wondered whether we’d be going racing at all. It’s been four months since the guys rode the R1 superbike, so the instructions from our side was to be steady away, get a feel for the speed again and we’ve got a few more tests lined up so we can continue the work we started back in March with the new bike.

“We can’t wait to get going now and even though there’s just under a month to go, it’ll come around quick!”

  • Jason O'Halloran on his 2020 YZF-R1

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 288
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 267
3 Christian Iddon VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 258
4 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 226
5 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 215
6 Andrew Irwin Honda Racing Honda 172
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 168
8 Lee Jackson Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 157
9 Kyle Ryde Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 137
10 Danny Buchan Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 131

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