Mackenzie Shows Potential with Donington Wildcard

Mackenzie Shows Potential with Donington Wildcard

Tarran Mackenzie and the McAMS Yamaha team concluded their positive debut in the Superbike World Championship with further points and promise on Sunday at Donington Park.

Having finished 14th in his first ever World Superbike race on Saturday, Mackenzie was keen to make further progress in the Superpole Race and Race 2 on Sunday.

Unsure how the 10-lap sprint race would be, given it is effectively ten, super-fast qualifying laps, Mackenzie got stuck in from 13th on the grid. He was sat comfortably in 12th on the back of Xavi Vierge with four laps to go, but found the Honda rider tricky to pass. This led to a moment for Mackenzie into Goddard’s which saw him run into the back of his rival, unfortunately crashing out unhurt.

Despite not causing Vierge to crash, the FIM handed Mackenzie a five place grid penalty for the the second race, meaning he’d have to start 19th.

After a strong initial launch, Mackenzie lost a couple of places on the opening laps before fighting back through to 15th. Lucas Mahias was three seconds up the road, but 26-year-old Mackenzie got his head down and began to chip away. He was on the back of the Kawasaki rider by the end of the race, but wasn’t quite able to make a move stick.

Crossing the line 15th, Mackenzie brought home more points, concluding a strong debut World Superbike weekend.

The McAMS Yamaha team would like to thank everyone at Yamaha Racing, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK with Brixx and the wider Yamaha and World Superbike family for their support and making the team feel so welcome.

The team’s attention now returns to the day job, with the fifth round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship getting underway at Brands Hatch on Friday.

WorldSBK Donington Park Race 2 Results
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)
2. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) +1.102s
3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +2.615s
4. Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) +5.067s
5. Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) +8.256s
6. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +10.114s
7. Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) +13.422
8. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +15.514
9. Loris Baz (Bonovo Action BMW) +13.422
10. Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) +23.512
11. Garrett Gerloff (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) +23.596
12. Philip Oettl (Team Goeleven) +24.142
13. Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) +23.896
14. Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) +32.872
15. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +33.356

Tarran Mackenzie

Race 2


Race 3


“I feel a bit frustrated, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing as it is because I know I could have done more than the results we achieved. It was my fault today, I made a mistake in the Superpole race this morning and that gave me a penalty for Race 2. This morning, I felt really good, I felt like I could push on and better yesterday’s result but unfortunately clipped the back of Xavi and came down. I’m sorry to him and the team. Starting further back in race two, I got boxed in at turn one and got stuck behind some slower riders, once I got past them I caught the group in front. I was pleased I was able to do that, my pace was better than yesterday and the gap to the winner was better than yesterday despite starting further back. I’m pleased with my first weekend here riding this bike, it’s been good to get more bike time, I needed to get a bit more bike fitness and I definitely feel a lot better in myself on the bike which is positive for next weekend at Brands Hatch. A big thank you to everyone at Yamaha Motor Europe and UK, everyone at Crescent, GRT – everyone chipped in this weekend to help. I can’t thank the McAMS Yamaha team enough, they’ve done a great job this weekend and fit right into this paddock. Scoring points in your debut is definitely a good thing so it’s a good starting point for me here!”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“We are really proud of what Tarran has achieved this weekend. He’s a true racer so he’s a bit annoyed with the crash in the Superpole race as that limited our potential today with the penalty, but overall he has shown that he has what it takes to run with these guys. He had such little bike time and showed a lot of promise and I’m really pleased with how he’s handled himself this weekend. He’d be an asset to any team in this paddock and we really want to see him step up to the world stage so will do everything we can to help him do that. I’m also really proud of our team, we’ve come here to World Superbikes and held our own, not embarrassed ourselves and had a fantastic weekend. Thanks to Yamaha Racing and Crescent for all their support.”

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2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 331
2 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 307
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 219
4 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 199
5 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 192
6 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 173
7 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 170
8 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 158
9 Peter Hickman FHO Racing BMW BMW 115
10 Leon Haslam VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 109

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