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Mackenzie set to defend Bennetts BSB title with McAMS Yamaha

Wednesday, December 08 2021

Tarran Mackenzie will be taking on his Bennetts British Superbike Championship title defence with the number one plate in 2022, returning with the McAMS Yamaha team next year as he bids for a second consecutive crown.

Mackenzie celebrated a spectacular title victory in the 25th anniversary season of the Championship this year, snatching the advantage in the Showdown on his way to sealing a debut title. Mackenzie claimed the title after securing ten race wins and a further nine podium finishes and is now focused on once again bidding to replicate his Father Niall's success by scoring consecutive crowns.

Mackenzie said: "I am really excited to come back and defend the title; it will be my first time in that position in BSB, so it is another new experience and a different way to start the year - I am really looking forward to it!

"I will be coming back with McAMS for my fifth year in the British Superbike Championship, which is amazing and it is fantastic to be back with Steve and all of my exact same crew. The Yamaha looks like it will make a good step forward too for next year as well.

"To be running that number one plate is going to be something special. It was something that I did in Supersport and it is obviously something that Dad has done over the years. It will be an interesting year and I am looking forward to it.

"We were laughing about it the other day as 2022 will be 25 years on since Dad defended his, and then he won his second title, so that 25 year history is still there for me!

"I want to thank all of Raceways Yamaha, Steve  Rodgers, all the guys and girls at McAMS and the entire team as we had an amazing year and made my dream came true. To get to ride with them again next season makes me feel very lucky and I am grateful that we can defend the title together."

Steve Rodgers, Team Principal commented: "We are delighted that Tarran will remain part of the family in 2022. He did such a fantastic job in the 2021 season, taking us to our first British Championship. In the final few rounds of the season, he without doubt raised the bar so if he can carry that form into 2022 he will be a force to be reckoned with.

"We aren't resting on our laurels, 2021 was our most successful season to date but there are a number of areas in which we know we can improve. There were a few parts run by the factory WorldSBK team towards the end of last season that we'll be running at the start of 2022 so hopefully we can hit the ground running with an even better package."