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.