Tarran Mackenzie has achieved his dream. Namely, he will compete in the World Superbike Championship as a wildcard entrant. Tarran could not hide his happiness for this chance that he had been waiting for a long time. He is aware that the competition is huge and that there are many big names in the game, but he will give his best and try to reach the desired result.
“I am very excited to finally make my debut in the Superbike World Championship at Donington,” said Mackenzie, as quoted by motorsport. “It feels like it's been a long time coming and I was obviously disappointed when we couldn't do Assen.
Donington is a special track for me as it's only 10 minutes down the road from home, I've had some great success there in BSB so I am looking forward to getting out on a World Superbike-spec R1 and seeing what both myself and the McAMS Yamaha team can achieve.
“Obviously, there is a lot to learn with the engine and electronics, but I know the chassis well as my BSB bike is very similar. “The level in World Championship is really high and I'm looking forward to getting out on track and giving it our all.
I have to say a huge thanks to Steve [Rodgers, team principal] and the McAMS Yamaha team, as well as Andrea Dosoli [Yamaha road racing manager] and everyone at Yamaha Racing for making this possible”.
McAMS principal on Mackenzie
McAMS team principal Rodgers and the rest of the team have noticed how much Mackenzie has improved.
That's exactly why they gave him the chance to show his full potential. For now, they don't want to put pressure on him, nor have high expectations. For Mackenzie, the most important thing is to enter the race relaxed and be focused on himself and what he wants from himself.
It will be interesting to see how Tarran will manage.
“His dream is to continue his progression, so we are delighted to be able to give him the opportunity to make his World Superbike debut as a reward for winning the championship last year.
“The engine and electronics will be different and the whole team will have to work hard to get used to those in a short space of time, but we have some very talented people on board including people who have recently worked in World Superbikes. There is no pressure or expectation from our side, we’ll just go and see what we can do!”