Phil wain |
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A crash, a technique, a win and a BSB title lead, Donington Park turned out to be a roller coaster weekend for Tarran Mackenzie of McAMS Yamaha.
Mackenzie may only have achieved one victory on the Derby track, with the victory coming in the only dry race to come, but he left his home circuit with a 10 point lead in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. with only the last round to go.
It would also have been a greater advantage if the McAMS Yamaha rider had not been forced to leave the podium at the start of the final race. Nonetheless, he was happy with his weekend job and just as happy with his championship lead.
“I think there are a lot of positives to take from this weekend as we come away from Donington with a bigger points lead than we had here so I’m really happy with that,” said the 25-year-old.
The weekend got off to a slow start for Mackenzie after falling in qualifying and he was only able to place seventh in Saturday’s attrition race which saw several of his Showdown rivals crash.
“I was pretty happy that I crashed in qualifying because I felt I could ride and do what I normally do in the wet, but I don’t think it was possible for me to do it under the conditions. Saturday’s race. “
“After that accident I figured I was going to have to go around and try to finish the race where I could. When I saw Tommy (Bridewell) fall and Jason (O’Halloran) was only a few points ahead I wasn’t too worried so I just looked at my pit sign and did the trick to score valuable points. It’s days like Saturday when points really matter.
Tied for the championship lead with teammate O’Halloran after that first race, Mackenzie reaffirmed his authority in Sunday’s opener, moving from 13th place on the grid to taking the front for the first time. in the penultimate lap.
He ultimately took the victory over Danny Buchan, achieving the fastest lap of the race on the last lap, and with O’Halloran continuing to finish at the bottom of the field, his points advantage looked set to increase further until his final lap. retirement during the race.
“I wasn’t sure which tire to use in the first race, but I knew Jason had gone for the harder SC0, so I stuck to my plan and went for the softer SCX. We showed our speed by starting from 13th place to win.
“The starting position was far from ideal, but in the dry we had a great set-up and were able to save the lives of the tires while continuing to move forward at the same time. The first three had drifted a bit further but I managed to close the gap and pass Gino (Rea) and Christian (Iddon) before passing Danny with a lap and a half to go.
“In the wet during the final race, I also felt very comfortable and had good sensations, but unfortunately a small technical problem, which was nobody’s fault, excluded us. We’re going to Brands with a bit of a buffer, it’s not a lot, but it’s a bit and I can’t wait to find myself there no matter what the weather.