The McAMS Yamaha team are raring to go as the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike championship finally roars into action at Donington Park this weekend, some four months after its scheduled start date.
After months of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the team are pleased to be returning to action under the ‘new normal’ and looking forward to the season ahead.
Prior to the pandemic paralysing the world, the team underwent three successful tests in Spain with the new-for-2020 Yamaha YZF-R1, noting significant gains on the 2019 machine, most notably in power and straight-line speed.
After the enforced period of lockdown, work resumed on ensuring the squad was ready to race as soon as the green light was given. When the 2020 season was announced in June, the McAMS Yamaha riders tentatively returned to the track, both participating in track days on stock machinery to get their eye back in the game.
Their first run out on the superbike since March came at the end of June as the team visited Knockhill for a shakedown test before heading to Croft for a full day of action.
Having fought at the front throughout 2020 despite both struggling with injuries, both Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran are confident of mounting a challenge for the 2020 crown.
While the season may be shorter in terms of rounds, each event being a triple header means we’ll still be seeing 18 British Superbike races this year and with no ‘Showdown’ format, it’s winner takes all with no room for error.
Finishing second at the official test last week, Jason O’Halloran is feeling better than ever ahead of the new season having used the extra time off to fully recuperate from the shoulder difficulties that plagued him throughout 2019.
Keeping his head down in testing, Mackenzie is quietly confident ahead of the season’s start. Noting several areas of improvement with the 2020 bike, he’s looking forward to getting out on track in anger for the first time this weekend.
A revised schedule sees no free practice on Friday morning with the BSB boys taking to the track for the first time on Friday afternoon ahead of an action-packed Saturday schedule featuring a final free practice session ahead of a 25-minute qualifying shootout and then the first race of the weekend. Sunday will then feature two races as normal.
Regrettably, due to COVID-19 restrictions our fans and guests are unable to join us for the opening round – but we’ll be ramping up our efforts on social media to keep you informed at home plus running exclusive competitions to bring you close to the riders even though you can’t visit the garage for that selfie or autograph!
2020 BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1 SCHEDULE
Friday 7th August
15:25 – 16:10 – Free Practice 1
Saturday 8th August
10:15 – 11:00 – Free Practice 2
13:20 – 13:45 – DataTag Qualifying
16:30 – Race 1 (22 laps)
Sunday 9th August
09:30 – 09:40 – Warm Up
13:45 – Race 1 (26 laps)
16:30 – Race 2 (26 laps)