Tarran Mackenzie goes to this weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike round with a good chance of staying in the Showdown for 2019 but still has concerns over his recently-broken wrist at such a physical track.
The McAMS Yamaha rider has slipped away from the championship leaders over the past few round but strong early-season pace means he is still in with a shot at a top-six spot - but it’s going to be a hard weekend for the young Scot.
“This year the goal was always to be in the Showdown and fight for the championship. I know I am quite a few points off from the lead in the standings with the podium points, but that is the beauty of the Showdown really because once you are in it you still have a good chance of being in the battle,” said Mackenzie
“I think if I can get in it would be an achievement in itself with the injuries I have had and not really having the best few rounds. I would be happy as the rounds after that are tracks that really suit the McAMS Yamaha so I want to have a strong end to the season no matter what and end the year on a high.”
Mackenzie scored decent points at Oulton earlier in the year and can at least rely on the data gathered to give himself a boost - and rival Andrew Irwin has to start race one from the back of the grid due to his Cadwell nerfing of Scott Redding.
“Oulton at the first round I struggled a bit to start, I made a mistake and came through to eighth and then race two I ended up in fifth and my lap times were nearly good enough for not the win, but a podium.
I think that if my wrist is OK and I feel good there is no reason why I can’t fight for podiums or at least the top five so fingers crossed that would be good enough to get me in the Showdown.
“Anything can still happen and I just need to arrive as fit as possible and ready to roll. I mean I am sure that Andrew didn’t think he wouldn’t score in race two at Cadwell and so I can’t control what any of the other riders can do who are fighting for the positions. I just need to focus on myself and being fit and ready.
“It has been a bit unfortunate really as before Snetterton I felt like my Showdown place was quite strong but having a few DNFS and not starting four of the races wasn’t ideal. The fact that I am still in with a shout of the Showdown despite those non-scores shows how good the start of our year was and now I have to try and carry that on until the rest of the season.”