Donington BSB: Mackenzie bounces back after two big crashes

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Tarran Mackenzie came away from last year’s opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship as joint series leader but there was to be no repeat performance this time around.

Two heavy spills over the course of the weekend at Donington Park – one in free practice and one in morning warm-up – meant the McAMS Yamaha rider was only able to manage a best finish of sixth across the three races.

“Saturday morning was tough and after crashing in FP3, we went into qualifying not knowing the situation,” Mackenzie said. “I was struggling with turning in under hard braking so we made some big changes for the race with both the engine braking and geometry, similar in set-up to what the WSB boys have, and it was a big step forward.

Seventh was the outcome in the opening race only for the Ashby-based youngster to then suffer a high-speed spill at Craner Curves during Sunday morning warm-up giving his team plenty of work to do.

Seventh was again the result in race two but the third and final race of the weekend showed him at his best as he ran in second place in the early stages. However, having taken a wrong direction in set-up, he slipped back to an eventual seventh again although this became sixth when Andrew Irwin was excluded from the results.

“I didn’t come to Donington for three sevenths but I’ll take it after suffering two massive crashes. The first one could have been quite nasty so I was lucky to walk away and glad to be wearing the kit I am! It knocked me back a bit and I was chasing a good set up all weekend.”

“The bike felt really good in the second race and I was on the front row for the third race but we made a small change which was nothing more than that but it was enough to change how the bike felt and unfortunately didn’t work. We’ll use the information we’ve gained this weekend to better ourselves next time out at Snetterton.”