McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie completed his final two days of testing in Spain this week utilising track time in Almeria to development work with the 2020 specification YZF-R1 ahead of the Bennetts British Superbike opener at Silverstone.
The wee Scotsman has been gearing up for the new campaign with a solid pre-season testing programme, working through electronics and chassis changes across three different circuits ahead of the return to UK tracks.
I’m really happy with how testing has gone. We were in a good position with the new YZF-R1 after Monteblanco and Jerez and then a further two days on track at Almeria enabled us to get through some extra stuff, which is all a step forward with the new bike,” said Mackenzie.
“The nicest thing for me is that we’ve tested at three very different circuits and didn’t have to change much with the bike to find a good feeling, which is encouraging for when the season starts. I can’t wait to get going now.”
Team boss Steve Rodgers added: “We’ve had seven days on track in Spain this month with near-perfect weather meaning we could get lots done.
“The official tests at Monteblanco and Jerez were very productive, and then Yamaha UK kindly offered us some extra track time at Almeria, which meant we could get through a few extra bits we didn’t quite have time to test in the first two outings.
“The 2020 R1 is an awesome bit of kit. The guys in World Superbike have shown the potential the bike has and our bike is very similar to theirs, so we are feeling confident.”