Quick update from tar Mackenzie camp:
I’m very happy to report boys had an excellent weekend at Thruxton posting their best results of the season so far.
Taylor had a trouble free practice bringing his Bathams BMW home in pole position before fighting hard in a five way battle throughout his 16 lap Superstock 1000cc Championship race where he eventually finished in 2nd position less than a second from the winner.
‘I’m still smiling from the weekend as I’m back to riding at my best and ready to take the next step back to winning races. My crew chief Alec at the Bathams BMW team has got my bike working perfectly in the chassis department so I was able to manage my tyre wear then push hard on the closing laps of the race. After a mistake on my part last time out I took no chances this time so I’m satisfied with my second place finish. I’m back enjoying racing with a fantastic team and so very grateful for everyone supporting me during the recent realignment of my career’
Meanwhile Tarran was consistently in the top six throughout free practice but unfortunately broke down on his out lap of the qualifying session which meant he had to start race one from dead last on the grid.
A new engine was was fitted overnight and while it was a blow to the team, everyone agreed it was much better to have a problem in qualifying than either of the races.
From that moment on his McAMS Yamaha ran faultlessly, seeing him come from last to 9th in race one then finishing a strong 5th in race two just 2.2 seconds from the leader.
‘My good form continued at Thruxton where I once again learned loads at the fastest track on the calendar.
My bike seemed physically tough to ride on Friday but my crew figured out a good setting to make my bike more stable under hard acceleration and heavy braking. Race one was a challenge coming through the pack and by the time I broke into the top ten my rear tyre was spinning badly so I had to keep things safe. Starting from 7th on the grid from race 2 meant I was immediately in the leading bunch and in a good rhythm. Like Brands Hatch I was with Leon Haslam for most of the race so I was able to learn lots as he is one of the world’s best superbike riders. Being just half a second from the podium at the chequered flag gave me a great confidence boost for the next races.’