Cartagena BSB test: Superbike power ‘not monstrous’ says Taz Mackenzie

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McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie made his Bennetts British Superbike debut at Cartagena yesterday and was surprised to find that, after riding Supersport and Moto2 machinery, the full-blown R1 was not as monstrous as he had thought.

The youngster got in a couple of hours at the Spanish track before the sun went down and said he felt comfortable straightaway. He will be back in action this morning.

“I didn’t really know what to expect as I thought the Superbike would be some monster to ride but it actually felt really nice and the power was really linear and my first impressions were really good. The overall feeling of the bike felt quite hard because we haven’t got a setting for me yet but the laps I did do, I felt comfortable straight away and that is the most important thing,” Mackenzie said last night.

“I just need some sleep now as I was up at 2am to fly out and then I will be ready for getting loads of laps in tomorrow. For me this test is all about getting the laps in and adapting to the Superbike so we need to maximise that over the next four days and then see where we are at coming into the official test at Donington Park.”

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