2016 Superstock 1000 champ Taylor Mackenzie is set to ride the Tyco BMW for the final two rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. The 26 year old will be filling the seat Glenn Irwin has left vacant after his decision, mutually with the team, to step down.
Mackenzie has had a successful season riding for Bathams Racing on board their S1000RR. He’s taken four wins and nine other podium finishes. With his second place in the Superstock 1000 class secured, Taylor has made the decision to run both classes.
Posting on his social media, he said:
“I can’t wait to go have some fun with @tycobmw on a Superbike for the last two rounds 😁 Big thanks to @BathamsRacing for allowing me to race in both classes too 😁”
Speaking to BSB directly, he said:
“I’d like to thank TAS Racing, BMW, and obviously my Bathams Racing team for allowing me to take up this opportunity. Donington is only ten minutes from my house and a track I love racing at, so it couldn’t have come at a better time and a better place to jump back on a Superbike.”
“The all-new Tyco BMW S1000RR is similar in many areas to my Superstock bike, including the K-Tech Suspension, so that’s a good starting point. I’m really looking forward to being back with the TAS guys, as quite a lot of the personnel are the same as when I last rode for them. It should be good fun.”
Tyco BMW team manager, Philip Neill said:
“Having worked with Taylor previously and watched his progress in Superstock on the S1000RR, we are looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in Superbike, on the all-new 2019 S1000RR.”
“Obviously this was a late decision and with no available testing time, our expectations are realistic. However, it is important to reinforce the ethos of BMW Motorrad and support riders currently representing the brand. On that basis, we are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for Taylor. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Rutter and Bathams for supporting this.”