Taylor Mackenzie to British Supersport

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Taylor Mackenzie to British Supersport

Post by Blacklisted on Fri 6 Jan - 5:21

Taylor leaves 125GPs to ride a Yamaha R6

TAYLOR MACKENZIE has signed a ride for the British Supersport series riding a Yamaha R6 with Mar-Train Racing.

The young Scottish rider, who competed in 125GP last season, will make his British Supersport debut for the Northern ireland based team. Taylor will joined by his father Niall, who campaigned Yamahas for much of his career in Grand Prix and British Superbikes, as the racing legend takes on an advisory position for his son.

"I had a tough season in Grand Prix last year, so it’s nice to have the deal completed and be able to concentrate on my training programme." said Taylor.

"I was at my limit on the ‘one-two-five’ last year size-wise: I was squashed onto it! At times I’d sore knees and was trying to stay as skinny as possible all year, but having ridden an R6 in Spain before the New Year it was so nice and comfortable to ride.

"The BSB calendar now has so many good tracks to race at and I’ve ridden at Assen this last three years, so that will obviously help. Having Jack in the team next year will be great, as I’ll have someone to learn from. I just need to concentrate on getting stronger now to ride the 600. I can’t wait.”

Niall will see both of his sons compete in British series next year, as Tarran will ride in the British 125s with Redline KTM. He added: “We looked at what was possible and the plan was to stay in Grand Prix for one more season, but a number of things happened and we realised he’d have to move onto a 600 at some time.

Taylor was also keen on the idea and after that it all just unfolded. Taylor had five days in Spain at the end of last year and had time on an R6 road bike. He loved it and having grown a bit towards the end of last season, he was happy that he fitted onto it after being cramped on the 125.

"I must admit I'm happy that Taylor’s on a Yamaha – it will suit the way he rides. There’s a bit of family history there obviously and I’ve a good relationship with Yamaha worldwide, so hopefully that will be good for us and the team.”

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