Tarran Mackenzie will make his British Superbike debut this season after signing to ride alongside former champion Josh Brookes in the McAMS Yamaha team.
The Scottish youngster comes back from a tough time in Moto2 and has landed a plum ride in the factory-backed team. He will take on James Ellison’s side of the garage with old hand Chris Anderson as his crew chief and Pete Jennings on electronics duty.
Mackenzie left the team after three rounds in 2017 to take up the offer of Moto2 after winning all six races and building a 54-point gap. He now has to get used to the power of a litre bike after two seasons on a 600.
“It’s a big challenge but I know I’ve got a great bike and team around me to give me the best chance. You can see in past seasons what rookies can do and I’d love to say I can go in and win races and finish on the podium but I don’t think it’s going to be that easy,” said Mackenzie.
“I think for now it’s best to get a good feeling with the bike and just learn how to ride it and the results will come.”