The on track preparations for McAMS Yamaha’s Bennetts British Superbike title defence get underway this weekend as the team take to the track at Snetterton for the first official BSB test.
2021 champion Tarran Mackenzie and 15-time BSB race winner Jason O’Halloran once again line-up in a formidable line up which won 21 out of 33 of BSB races last year.
However, the team has not rested upon their laurels over the winter and the title-winning R1 gets a number of improvements as the team look to defend their crown. Working closely with the PATA Yamaha World Superbike effort, the McAMS Yamaha will see a further boost in aerodynamics for 2022 while the engine and electronics department have been busy working on further improving the R1’s power delivery.
Mackenzie, who sustained an injury in a testing crash in January, will be back on a bike for the first time since. Over the past two months the 26-year-old has recovered well, with his medical team happy with his progress. Nonetheless, the weekend will be about easing himself back into the swing of things as the team builds towards the beginning of their title defence in the first round at Silverstone in little over a month’s time.
O’Halloran is more fired up than ever before having lost out on the title in 2021 despite his early dominance. He’ll be joined by a new crew chief in the shape of the experienced Les Pearson, who most recently worked with the PATA and GRT Yamaha World Superbike teams but has a long history on both the British and World stage.
The superbike duo will be joined on track by new signing Tim Neave, who will compete for the team in the Superstock category under the Edwards 1902 Yamaha banner.
The team are on track for three days from Friday-Sunday and updates will be provided throughout the test via McAMS Yamaha’s social media channels, including their new TikTok @mcamsyamaha.