British superbike stalwart Niall Mackenzie has announced that, like another UK hero Carl Fogarty, he will be hanging up his helmet at the end of the year.

The Scot, a triple British champion who has seen his form fluctuate this season, will see out the campaign to its finale at Donington Park, before walking away from the GSE team at which he has partnered Neil Hodgson in 2000. Although widely associated with the superbike scene, Mackenzie has also competed in MotoGPs since the early 1980s, and will continue to be involved with the sport through his 250cc team in the UK.

"It's been great travelling the world, and being paid to race motorbikes, standing on the GP500 rostrum and then coming back to the UK to win three British championships," he told the GSE Racing website, "My plans for the future will probably be to increase my involvement with the Red Bull Yamaha GP500 team, launch the Niall Mackenzie Superbike School and make my 250 team bigger and better.

"I'd like to say a huge thank-you to all the fans who've cheered me on through the years - I hope they enjoyed the good times and thanks for the support during the bad times."

On the same day as the Scot announced his retirement, GSE revealed that it would be graduating to the WSBK with Hodgson. A second rider has yet to be confirmed.



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