McAMS Yamaha’s Bennetts British Superbike line-up will remain unchanged for 2020 with both Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran staying on board for another season.
It will be Mackenzie’s third year with the team and O’Halloran’s second, and the duo will have at their disposal the 2020 YZF-R1 which has some significant engines changes which should prove effective.
The team has already undertaken a number of performance tests on a pre-production model, finding impressive results and will be on track with the new bike by the end of October.
“I’m really happy to stay with McAMS Yamaha for the third year running. Continuity is important for me and it’s something that helped us take a step forward this year,” said Mackenzie.
“This season has been fairly good, we’ve been able to run at the front regularly and it’s only the injury that’s held us back in the middle part of the year.
It’s really exciting to have a new YZF-R1 coming for next year, the guys have already had one on the dyno and the improvements on the 2019 bike look promising at this stage, especially in regard to mid-range power which should help us next year.
“I’m happy to get my 2020 deal signed and out of the way early so I can now focus on the last three rounds and ending the year in the best possible way.”
Australian O’Halloran added: “This season hasn’t panned out how I wanted it to given we’ve had two separate injuries, one at the start of the year and now the shoulder.
“It’s been frustrating as it’s the first year where I feel the potential of the bike and myself hasn’t been maximised. From a positive point of view that means there’s more to come, especially as I’m really enjoying riding the Yamaha and even though I’m struggling with my shoulder, the results are still encouraging.
“I’ve a lot of time for Steve and the team so I’m glad to be staying on and with a new R1 on the way hopefully there’s another step for us to take in 2020.
“The focus for me now is to get fit and healthy for 2020 and then we can learn from our mistakes, put them into practice and have a stronger year with the new bike.”