McAMS Yamaha set for opening test of 2021

McAMS Yamaha set for opening test of 2021

at Silverstone

The McAMS Yamaha team will return to the track for the first time in 2021 as the first official Bennetts British Superbike test gets underway at Silverstone tomorrow.

192 days after their last outing at the final round of the 2020 championship at Brands Hatch, Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie will return to action at the iconic Silverstone circuit which saw the team score five podium finishes, including a victory for Mackenzie, last summer.

After enjoying their best British Superbike season to date with Jason O’Halloran finishing runner-up in 2020, the McAMS Yamaha squad are itching to get their hands on the coveted championship crown this year.

O’Halloran and Mackenzie shared five victories and a further 11 podiums between them in 2020, a team record they’ll be looking to improve on even further in the season ahead.

Despite the strong year last season, the official Yamaha team haven’t rested upon their laurels with an intense winter development plan to further improve the YZF-R1 as an all-round, race-winning package. The team have several new parts to test over the new-look pre-season testing programme.

In previous years, pre-season testing has taken place in Spain to make use of the more favourable conditions in February and March. However, with the later start to the 2021 season, plus ongoing travel restrictions, all BSB testing will instead take place on home soil at circuits which feature on the championship calendar.

The two-month testing programme gets underway with two days at the Silverstone national circuit this week before the BSB circus moves on to Snetterton for three further days of testing in Norfolk between Tuesday and Thursday next week. The team will then test at Oulton Park, Knockhill and Donington Park before the 2021 season gets underway at Oulton between June 25-27.

Keep an eye out on the McAMS Yamaha social media channels on Wednesday morning for the uncovering of the team’s 2021 Bennetts British Superbike livery.

The McAMS Yamaha riders will be joined on track this week by new team-mate Ian Hutchinson, who will compete for the team under the banner of Edwards 1902 Yamaha in the Pirelli National Superstock category. The former class runner-up will get his first taste of the YZF-R1 in stock-trim on Wednesday.

Jason O'Halloran

“It feels like a lifetime since we last rode at Brands Hatch in October so it’ll be nice to get out this week. I’ve done a number of track days on an R1 stocker to get my eye in, so I’m excited to get out on the race bike. Last year was good for us but you can’t rest on your laurels. The boys have been working hard in the winter and we’ve a few things to try. Silverstone will be a good place to start because while we were strong there, there were a number of areas I’d like to improve – stuff like that will be a real bonus of testing in the UK this year. I can’t wait to get started.”

Tarran Mackenzie

“I can’t wait to get out on the YZF-R1 for the first time this year at Silverstone. It’s been a long time since the final round at Brands Hatch last year. I’ve done a few track days on my R6 since lockdown ended but nothing compares to riding the superbike! While we are all itching to go racing, testing at BSB tracks should prove really useful for us. I know the team have been working hard on improving the bike even further over winter so I’m excited to try it out at a track that’s been good for us in the past. Fingers crossed the weather holds out and we can get some decent track time in!”

Ian Hutchinson

Edwards 1902 Yamaha - National Superstock

“I’m really looking forward to riding the Edwards 1902 R1 for the first time at Silverstone. I saw the R1 on track a little bit in stock last year and it looks like a really well-balanced package and the results in BSB show what it is capable of. I haven’t ridden since the last round at Brands Hatch so we’ll ease ourselves back into it, we have quite a lot of track time planned ahead of the season so I’m looking forward to getting things started this week.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“After what seems like a very long winter, we are finally ready to go testing! 2020 was a great year for the McAMS Yamaha team, but the plan is to go one better this year and we start to put that plan in action tomorrow. Silverstone has always been a good circuit for us, and all-in-all it was a strong round for us in 2020 but there were a few areas we noted for improvement so it’ll be great to get to try them out. While nobody wanted to wait this long to test, or wait even longer for the season start, it could be quite beneficial as we get to test at tracks we actually race at. We’ve got a clear, structured programme of how we want to proceed and that’s what we’ll be focused on over the next few weeks.”

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
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 168
8 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 157
9 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW 137

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