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Mackenzie impressed with Suzuki potential

'The bike felt really good. I like the characteristics of the GSX-R600 and although it started to get very cold towards the end of the last session, I just wanted to do more laps' - Taylor Mackenzie
New Tyco Suzuki Supersport hopeful Taylor Mackenzie finally made his debut on the GSX-R600 in Northern Ireland this week after being left frustrated by a delayed flight.

Mackenzie missed the afternoon session at Kirkistown as fog caused his flight to be put back, however he eventually joined the tam's British Superbike riders, Josh Brookes and PJ Jacobsen, at the track in time to complete some laps in the afternoon.

The 20-year-old stepped up to the Supersport class in 2012 with another Northern Ireland team, Mar-Train Yamaha, achieving his best result at the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch with a superb ride to sixth position.

A cheerful Mackenzie was left wanting more, describing his first impressions of the GSX-R600 as 'really good'.

“It took a while to get here today, but I'm happy; really happy,” he said.

“The bike felt really good. I like the characteristics of the GSX-R600 and although it started to get very cold towards the end of the last session, I just wanted to do more laps.

“First impressions are really good and I'm just looking forward to more riding tomorrow.”

Team manager Philip Neill revealed the biggest change for 2013 was the decision to switch to Ohlins suspension – and the early signs are good as Aussie Brookes came within a whisker of his fastest lap at the Irish championship circuit.

“It's always good to get the boys over here on this side of the water, and although quite a bit colder than Josh has been used to, he had a good safe and consistent day, as did PJ and also Taylor in the afternoon,” he said.

“We've made quite a few changes this season; the major one moving to Ohlins suspension and although we didn't quite know what to expect - the initial feeling is very, very good, which Josh proved being so close to his best-ever lap around Kirkistown in not exactly ideal conditions.”



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Taylor Mackenzie tests the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ian Hutchinson, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Davide Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Davide Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]

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