Donington BSB: Mackenzie ‘gutted’ to miss race opportunity

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Taylor Mackenzie had to sit out both Bennetts British Superbike races on Sunday after a big crash in the Superstock 1000 race saw him unable to take part.

The elder Mackenzie brother had been given the chance of a ride in the big time by Tyco BMW and after impressive rides in wet and dry practice secured a ninth-place grid slot at the expense of factory-supported Yamaha rider Tarran whom he dumped out of Q3.

But an incident in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race saw the Scotsman get his clock cleaned and even after passing a medical, all teams thought discretion was the better part of valour. He will return to the fray at Brands.

“I’m gutted to not get any results after the strong start we had in practice and qualifying. I felt really good in the wet and the dry so I felt quite confident whatever happened with the weather but it wasn’t to be,” said Mackenzie.

I still don’t know what quite happened in my Superstock race earlier in the day, it was a bit of an unlucky crash in all honesty. I haven’t crashed all year – so it’s really frustrating that the two crashes I have had all year fell on race day.

“But looking forward to Brands I think we should be strong there too, so I’m looking forward to seeing where we end up.”

Team boss Philip Neil added: “We are very impressed with the performance of Taylorin his first weekend with Tyco BMW. A calm and calculated approach through practice and qualifying delivered impressive results. What a shame he was left unfit to race after a heavy fall during the Superstock race, however it was the correct decision in the circumstances and we look forward to working with Taylor again at Brands Hatch.”