Tarran Mackenzie will make his full-time debut in the WorldSBK Championship next season after earning the chance to graduate from WorldSSP with Petronas MIE Racing Honda.
The 2021 BSB Champion will form an all-new rider line-up for the Malaysian-sponsored Honda satellite team alongside Adam Norrodin, who joins him in making the step up to WorldSBK.
While it will be a fresh new challenge for Norrodin, for Mackenzie it will mark a return to the 1000cc machinery with which he made his name in the British Superbike Championship, winning 15 races and emulating his triple title-winning father Niall by winning the title in 2021.
“I’m very happy to step up to World Superbike, as it’s been a dream of mine for a long time. I’ve got a lot of experience in the British Superbike championship, albeit with a different manufacturer, and it’s been good to test the MIE Superbike already this year at Misano.
“I also completed two tests with HRC at Suzuka to better understand the CBR1000RR-R, and then doing the Suzuka race on another Honda was also very important of course.
“So, it’s good to have already had a taste of the Honda Superbike and it’s great that the agreement for next season is now in place.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and thank both PETRONAS and the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team.”
Mackenzie comes to WorldSBK on the back of a challenging rookie campaign in the WorldSSP Championship class aboard the underpowered Honda CBR600RR, with exception to his shock victory at Most in damp conditions.