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Silverstone BSB: Second-ever win for 'emotional' Mackenzie

McAMS Yamaha's Tarran Mackenzie took his second-ever Bennetts British Superbike win today at Silverstone, coming through from a mid-grid start to beat Kyle Ryde by a tenth of a second.

The young Scot hasn't seen the podium since the middle of 2019 and broke down in parc ferme as he was congratulated by crew chief Chris Anderson.

"My last podium was at Snetterton at round five last year so I was pretty emotional. I had a really strong start to last year and then broke my wrist at Thruxton, and after that it just became difficult with injuries and not having the confidence and I reset in the off season," said Mackenzie.


“During lockdown I worked really hard, and then thought, ‘When I get to round one I will be strong and back up the front where I know I can be', and it didn’t happen. Then it didn’t happen at Snetterton and in the last race at Snetterton I had good pace, for a podium if not a win, so that gave me a lot of confidence.

“For me and probably the team as well, we didn’t understand the front tyre maybe as much as some other people did, and that was really hard. It was understanding it and getting the feeling and the confidence, and once I got that back, I knew coming in to this weekend I could be strong.

“I have been strong here since I started riding a Superbike, so I was really annoyed in qualifying to be starting 12th. I didn’t expect to be getting a win - maybe a podium, because of my pace I had in practice, but I got a really good first couple of laps. I came through to fifth or sixth, then picked them off and pulled a gap.

“I was really surprised to see I had a gap. I had to use my tyre a lot at the start and the middle of the race to make some ground on the leaders, so starting on the front row tomorrow should help that.

"I can maybe conserve it a little bit. The last couple of laps I just backed off slightly as I didn’t want to make any mistakes. It felt like a long nine laps when I was in front, but I am really happy so a big thank you to the McAMS Yamaha team, I am over the moon and can’t wait for tomorrow.”

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