Taylor Mackenzie proved the decision to switch to the 2019 BMW S1000RR was correct at Oulton Park’s Bennettss British Superbike round, taking the Bathams-backed bike to second on the practice timesheet.
Mackenzie had done the bulk of the season on the older machine but decided to make the change ahead of this weekend and, after some decent test runs, proved it was fast in both wet and dry Pirelli National Superstock 1000 sessions.
“Obviously I’m over the moon with the lap time, but I’m also very clear on what changes we need to make ready for qualifying and race. The new bike feels totally different to my last one, in particular with how it turns. It’s just what I was hoping for,” said Mackenzie.
“I’ll be honest, I was a little bit nervous about taking the risk to move away from a bike that we all know inside out and while still in contention for the championship, but after the first few laps in FP2, I knew it was the right decision.
“Now we can get stuck in working through the adjustments that will hopefully make it even more competitive. There’s still a long way to go this weekend, but as far as debuting the bike goes, we’re off to a great start.”