Mackenzie signs for TAS in BSS

"It's refreshing to bring in an enthusiastic and talented young rider like Taylor, which will help us start the development process going all over again, a bit like we did with Tom Sykes" - Philip Neill.
TAS Suzuki will return to the British Supersport Championship in 2013 with Taylor Mackenzie.

The 19-year-old son of Niall - a three time British Superbike champion who was also part of the Suzuki family during his illustrious 500cc Grand Prix career - moved from grand prix two-strokes to British Supersport this year.

His best result was a sixth place at the Brands Hatch finale and Mackenzie is now looking forward to teaming up with the Tyco-backed double British Supersport champions.

"I'm really excited to be joining Tyco Suzuki in British Supersport and I can't wait to get started,” said Mackenzie. “At the end of the season nothing was really happening but once I'd spoken to Tyco Suzuki and knew there was a deal on the table to ride their championship-winning GSX-R600 package, I was so happy.

“They have a lot of experience in the Supersport class and this deal has really given me so much motivation for next season. Last year I wasn't sure what to expect in British Supersport but now that I've a year under my belt, my aim is to keep moving forward and hopefully be on the podium as soon as possible."

Last month TAS parted company with former BSS champion Alastair Seeley - who stepped up to BSB with the team in 2012 but wanted a BSS return for next season.

At the time, team manager Philip Neill stated: "After a tough year in BSB, Alastair has decided that he would like to return to the Supersport class – a decision that I fully support. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Alastair a position in Supersport at this time, as our main focus will again be in British Superbike with Tyco and Suzuki in 2013."

The team's BSS position has now clearly changed and Neill is looking forward to working with a new up-and-coming rider.

"It's an exciting proposition for us going back into the British Supersport class. It's an important part of the BSB championship and we've already proven how competitive the GSX-R600 package is with our championship success in 2011, and also taking a win this season in our only race in Supersport class at Assen,” he said.

"It's refreshing to bring in an enthusiastic and talented young rider like Taylor, which will help us start the development process going all over again, a bit like we did with Tom Sykes, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

“The Mackenzie family are well respected in the paddock and also within Suzuki, and I know I speak on behalf of Suzuki GB when I say we are delighted to have them back in the fold.

“Niall's influence will continue to be vital for Taylor but at Tyco Suzuki we will build our 2011 championship winning team around him to give him the best chance possible during the season."

Josh Brookes and PJ Jacobsen will race for Tyco in BSB next year, while Seeley has joined Gearlink Kawasaki for BSS.

Tagged as: Brands Hatch , MacKenzie

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encee - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 10:44 AM

I can't beleive they've signed Taylor Mac. He's been nowhere all year. I don't know how he kept the ride at Mar-train. Whilst Kennedy was winning TM was finishing 16th! maybe its something to do with his name.

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