McAMS Yamha’s Tarran Mackenzie was the only man able to keep sight of the Ducati horde at the weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike round, leading race one and taking a podium finish.
Snetterton was always going to be a tough place to keep the new Panigale V4R in check and in both races, it was only Mackenzie who was able to stay with Josh Brookes, Scott Redding and Tommy Bridewell.
“Race one was obviously really good. I ended up third and felt like I put together a good race in the first two thirds, but the last third was a bit difficult,” said Mackenzie.
“When I saw Tommy went out it was hard to go with the two PBM bikes so I settled for third. In race two I didn’t get the best of starts, held my position in fourth and the Ducatis got away a bit.
“I was trying hard to catch them and setting quite a good pace. I was slowly catching them towards the end, but ended up losing the rear and then losing the front from that.
“I feel like I’m riding really well, it was another solid weekend and we were in the top two for a lot of it. I’m really happy, to be honest. Finishing fourth would be OK but I’d rather finish third for podium points. I’ll keep trying and come back at Thruxton even stronger.”