Mac is Back as McAMS Yamaha Dominate Brands Hatch Weekend

Mac is Back as McAMS Yamaha Dominate Brands Hatch Weekend

Tarran Mackenzie returned to winning ways as the McAMS Yamaha team dominated Round 5 of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch with their first ever treble 1-2.

After Jason O’Halloran’s stunning Sprint Race win on Saturday with Mackenzie second, the reigning champion would go one better twice on Sunday to earn the Monster Energy King of Brands trophy for the second successive year. O’Halloran took two seconds, rounding out McAMS Yamaha’s highest ever BSB points haul. It was sheer domination for the Fleetwood effort, taking every win, second place and pole position.

Temperatures soared on race day making for a slower two races than Saturday’s affair, with lap times around a second slower overall. In the opening race, Mackenzie got to the front early on and was able to pull a gap to take a commanding victory as he returned to the top step of the rostrum for the first time since he took the title at Brands in 2021.

O’Halloran had a fight on his hands for second, with Tommy Bridewell and Bradley Ray pushing him hard. However, he was able to make a pass towards the closing stages and cement the position, moving him into the lead of the overall championship standings.

The weekend’s final race would be a nail-biting affair with Mackenzie starting pole and O’Halloran third. Glenn Irwin took a surprise early race lead for Honda and was able to hang in until over half distance, when O’Halloran made a move for the lead. Not long after, Mackenzie came through too and the final five laps would be a blockbuster for fans as the McAMS Yamaha duo duelled it out for the win.

It was Mackenzie who held the advantage going onto the final lap, and he’d managed to hold on to the top spot despite a last corner lunge from O’Halloran – the pair split by just 0.037 seconds.

O’Halloran now leads the standings by 10 points over Bradley Ray, with a seven point podium point advantage after his run of nine races finishing no worse than second while Mackenzie’s strong points haul sees him move into a Showdown position in eighth with 105 points, igniting his title defence.

The series now takes a two week break before round six of the championship takes place at Thruxton in two weeks’ time.

Tarran Mackenzie

Race 2

1st

Race 3

1st

C'ship

8th

“It’s been a perfect return to the front, being on the podium and winning races again! The goal was to try and get one podium this weekend and make headway into the championship so to have a dream weekend is amazing. We had good pace, qualified well and felt awesome in both of today’s races despite the heat. It’s been an incredible effort for everyone, I’m so happy to be back and I can’t wait for Thruxton. It’s been a great weekend for the team, our first ever triple 1-2!”

Jason O'Halloran

Race 2

2nd

Race 3

2nd

C'ship

1st

“A really good weekend for us, I was really happy to win yesterday. I’ve finished no worse than second in nine races now and won five of them. We needed to make a step forward at Brands from last year and I think we’ve done that. I’m really happy with the progress here, we made a change for the last race which was a bit of a risk and I fought with Taz all the way to the end, made a pass on the last corner and nearly made it stick but just didn’t quite get there! It’s been an amazing weekend for the whole team, we won every race, had every pole and were second in every race too. Everyone is doing a fantastic job and I can’t wait for Thruxton.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“Our best ever BSB weekend. Every pole, every win and every second place. It doesn’t get better than that. I’m absolutely thrilled. Tarran rode like the champion he is with a dominant ride in the first race today and he managed to keep his cool with a lot of pressure from Jason in the final race. It was close between the two of them, but that’s what we pay them for. We have two riders capable of fighting for the championship and after this weekend, I’d say we now have both of them in the title fight again! We didn’t quite expect Tarran to be in the top eight this early on given his start to the year!”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 2 result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
3 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati
4 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
5 Leon Haslam VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
7 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
8 Tom Sykes MCE Ducati Ducati
9 Danny Kent Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
10 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 3 result:

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