Tay­lor Macken­zie 2016 Na­tional Su­per­stock 1000 champ

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‘I’ve rid­den the old bike a lot on James Whitham’s school days. It’s re­ally nice, very smooth and great for track­days. But to race, it was lack­ing that last bit. It wasn’t the fastest and was a lit­tle bit big and heavy.

“The new one is like jump­ing on a race bike. It feels like a tuned GSX-R1000, but still very smooth, espe­cially the way the power comes in, which is handy in tricky con­di­tions. It’s so docile you could ride it to the shops as well as thrash it around a track. It still has the same GSX-R char­ac­ter, but it now goes like the lat­est 1000s – it’s got that ex­tra bit you need.

“It’s small, the seat is low and it doesn’t feel like you’re get­ting on a big, ag­gres­sive beast of a bike. It’s more like a sharp and sporty 600 than a 1000. The sus­pen­sion feels like you’re sat on a race bike, too, not a road bike and it han­dles re­ally nicely. It’s a step for­ward in that sense.

“I tried all the trac­tion con­trol modes. On the max­i­mum set­ting it will save any­thing, so it’s quite nice and the way the trac­tion cuts when the tyre slides is dif­fer­ent to what I’ve rid­den be­fore and in­stils con­fi­dence.

“The brakes are re­ally good, but the ABS is a lot sub­tler and there’s no mas­sive pump­ing through the lever when the grip goes.

“I’m re­ally im­pressed with the over­all pack­age. It’s what Suzuki needed and some­thing peo­ple can be re­ally ex­cited about. It will be the re­vival of the GSX-R and you’ll see a lot of them about once they hit the deal­ers next year. I can’t wait to race it.”

‘The new one is like jump­ing on a race bike. It will be the re­vival of the GSX-R’

2017 GSX-R (left) and 2016 bike (right) as Macken­zie spills the beans to MCN’S Neeves

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