Bennetts British Superbike Champion Tarran Mackenzie will look to defend his crown in 2022 after signing a one-year extension to his deal with the McAMS Yamaha team.
The 26-year-old took ten victories and 19 podiums on his way to the 2021 title, sealing the deal with a stunning treble victory at Brands Hatch in October. The success was even more poignant given it came exactly 25 years after Tarran’s father, Niall Mackenzie, won the first ever modern-era British Superbike Championship title in 1996.
Now, the youngest Mackenzie will be seeking to further mirror his father’s accolades with Niall having gone on to win back-to-back titles, doubling up in 1997 with the Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha squad.
2022 will be Mackenzie’s fifth year with McAMS Yamaha on the R1 superbike, having first joined the squad when he returned from Moto2 in 2018. Taking to the podium as a rookie that season before clinching his first win in year two, Mackenzie has improved year by year and now sits on 13 British Superbike wins and 33 podiums from 92 starts.
In 2021, Mackenzie became stronger and stronger throughout the season, winning five of the final nine races to finish the year 36 points clear of nearest rival Tommy Bridewell.
The youngster has made no secret of his desire to progress to the world stage and in the hope of helping him realise that dream, McAMS Yamaha intends to enter him as a wildcard into certain rounds of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship – further details of which will be revealed in due course.
Returning to the track as champion in 2022, Mackenzie has opted to run the #1 plate on his McAMS-liveried R1 as he seeks to become the first rider to successfully defend his crown since Shane Byrne in 2017.