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125: Taylor Mackenzie gets grand prix ride

Taylor Mackenzie secures grand prix ride for 2011 and 2012.
Taylor Mackenzie, son of former grand prix rider and multiple BSB champion Niall, has signed a deal to race in the final season of 125cc grand prix - then the first year of the new Moto3 class in 2012.

“It's official! I've signed a 2 year deal for Grand Prix with World Wide Group, better known as Ongetta. The 1st year is 125, 2nd is Moto3,” Taylor wrote on his Twitter page @taylormac77.

17-year-old Mackenzie raced in several championships this year, finishing fourth in the British 125cc Championship (with three race wins), a best of fifth in the Red Bull Rookies Cup (pictured with Niall) and a best of sixth in the CEV Buckler 125GP Championship.

Taylor also made his first two grand prix starts as a wild-card this year, at Silverstone and then Valencia, claiming his debut GP finish with 21st place in the season finale.

Father Niall took seven 500cc podiums and one pole between 1986 and 1994. The Scotsman's best season was 1990, when he was fourth in the championship for Suzuki.

After retiring from grand prix, Mackenzie - who also raced in 250cc - won the BSB title on a Cadbury's Boost Yamaha in 1996, '97 and '98.


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Hugh Janus - Unregistered

December 07, 2010 5:18 PM

'Hope he was a better rider than his father' Ffksake Niall MacKenzie never won a 500GP or championship so he must be crap? Is that what your saying? I think I'm just remembering why I don't come in here very often... He was a great rider and very probably still is and he gave us plenty of high quality entertainment with some great performances throughout his career from Clubman racer to his BSB days.Anyone remember the crowd at Donington as he came through the field and took the lead? Leading Laguna till the brake discs seriously warped just towards the end of the race? or even pole at his very 1st race at Suzuka? Great to see a young fella getting a chance to develop and see what he can do. Best of luck to the Mackenzie Clan from New Zealand :-)

Richard Mushet

December 06, 2010 11:20 PM

Taylor's a decent wee rider, but his results in the British championship flatter him, as it's easy to be up there all the time when you're on the best bikes in the paddock. You only have to look at the speed traps on the straights to see that the KRP bikes are absolute rocketships in comparison to the rest of the grid. But look at the speeds through technical sections and it's riders like Guiver, Vincent, Green, Wakefield and Rendell that carry the speed, even though some of them are a fair bit weightier than the young whippets on the top machinery. And look at his results against riders on even machinery in the Rookies Cup. Danny Kent and Jake Gagne were the real class in that cup. Of course it's nice to see more Brits in GPs, even if it does take a touch of nepotism to get them there.



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