Race two victor Tarran Mackenzie believes he’s finally broken through a barrier after clinching his maiden Bennetts British Superbike win today.
And despite the controversy surrounding his first race finish, the McAMS Yamaha rider feels there isn’t any bad blood in the team garage.
Mackenzie now sits as joint championship leader with Josh Elliott, who also bagged his first BSB win this afternoon, but admitted he didn’t feel he had the potential when he rolled out onto the National circuit for Friday’s practice.
Now, however, he says he feels a weight lifted as he looks to chalk up more wins when the series heads to Oulton Park next month.
“I didn’t come into this round very confident,” Mackenzie told Bikesport News. “I was confident in myself but I didn’t have the best feeling on the bike.
“But on Friday we found something and it just clicked straight away. We went from 10th or 11th to second in FP2. I wasn’t trying any harder, it just came naturally.
I don’t think I’ve redeemed myself, but I’ve definitely got the monkey off my back.”
Mackenzie also revealed he would have regretted not making a move and going for victory in race one. And although it looked like the dust-up may have put a partition in the factory Yamaha garage, he believes the team is ready to move forward. “I was genuinely gutted at what happened in race one, although the win got taken off me it’s not how I’d want to win anyway. I would’ve been kicking myself if I didn’t go for the gap and I think some of my team members would have been as well. “It’s just unfortunate that it was Jason. I just tried to put it to the back of my mind, but I was pretty motivated to go out there and win again. I want a proper battle with Jason again but it didn’t happen because he broke down
“I didn’t do it on purpose. It wasn’t like I let the brakes off and rode into the side of him. He would’ve done the same thing I think if it was the other way around. “Jason was very respectful in the steward’s inquiry, he didn’t want me to be penalised. He wanted the penalty to be in a different way, so I have to take my hat off to him for that. “He’s probably not going to be my best mate but at the end of the day, there’s always rivalry whether you’re battling for 15th or first. I’m sure he’ll be coming out at Oulton Park swinging.”