MACKENZIE WINS STOCK 1000 CHAMPIONSHIP
Taylor Mackenzie was crowned Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Champion after a dominant display onboard his Buildbase BMW saw him take his sixth victory of the season.
With the stock series not visiting Assen in two weeks’ time, Mackenzie needed to finish ahead of Tyco BMW’S Ian Hutchinson to secure the crown with one round to spare and he did it in style to take a new lap record on his way to a commanding win over Michael Rutter with Hutchinson in third.
The 23-year-old now has his sights set on a return to the Superbike class where he hopes to prove himself after a difficult season in 2015.
“It was a long hard fight and I’ve been working for this since January and my team have done an incredible job all year,” he told MCN.
“The whole reason I did this was to show everyone what I’m capable of. This year has really turned my career around. I hope I’ve shown I can be quick by winning the title this year. Superbikes is where I want to be and now I can focus on getting there.”
The title came almost 20 years to the day since his Dad, Niall, won his first British Superbike title at the same circuit in 1996.
Speaking to MCN, Mackenzie senior said: “It’s surreal, it’s so close to how I won my first title on a sunny day at Donington when Taylor was three years old! I have to say, I’ve had ten times more pressure thinking about this then I ever had about any of my own results!”
‘It’s so close to how I won my first title when Taylor was three’ NIALL MACKENZIE