Brands BSB: Mackenzie confident of strong challenge - Bikesport News

Brands BSB: Mackenzie confident of strong challenge

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Tarran Mackenzie has admitted he is in a good way after finishing today’s Bennetts British Superbike practice sessions fourth quickest and feels he’s on for a fight come race day.

McAMS Yamaha’s top rider clocked a fastest lap of 1’26.345 this afternoon, just under a quarter of a second off second placed Scott Redding and third placed Christian Iddon.

And while today’s pace-setter, Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes, was a further half a second out front, Mackenzie believes he can be fighting at the front – especially with his love of the Brands GP circuit.

“This morning the track was probably a little bit dirty [from the rain], but this afternoon I felt like I made a good step in my riding,” he told Bikesport News. “During the session we wanted to change something on the front suspension, but it was going to take too long change it so I just had to ride with what we had.

Josh was half a second in front then and I only used one tyre – I don’t know if he did or not. If he didn’t, then half a second is too much to close up.

“In all classes I’ve been quite strong here, even last year first time on the Superbike. It was definitely one track I was looking forward to coming back to on the Superbike. I just love riding here, it’s one of my favourite tracks on the calendar.

“I’m in quite a good way with myself and the bike, so as long as the weather’s alright I’m sure we’ll be there or there abouts tomorrow.”

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