Mackenzie lands Moto2 deal
British Supersport champ ready to take on the world when he makes Moto2 debut this week
Reigning British Supersport champion Tarran Mackenzie will take on a new challenge his weekend, when he steps up to the Moto2 world championship with the Kiefer Racing team to replace former Moto3 world champion Danny Kent.
The son of former 500cc GP podium finisher Niall Mackenzie, Tarran has been completely dominant in the 2017 British Supersport championship after taking six wins from the opening six rounds and enjoying nearly double the points tally of his closest rival David Allingham in the race to take a second championship.
But he’ll leave his championship campaign and the MCAMS Yamaha squad behind to instead make his Grand Prix racing debut with the German Kiefer squad and their new Suter bikes this weekend – a decision he told MCN wasn’t easy to make.
“I was sitting watching Stefan Kiefer getting interviewed by Hodgy about Danny leaving, and the next day I got a phone call to say my dad was meeting with them about the possibility of riding it! It all happened so suddenly, and I can’t really believe it yet!
“I just couldn’t turn down an opportunity like this. It was hard making the phone calls to some of my friends
who are the supersport team managers and sponsors, but thankfully they were all understanding.”
Yet, despite jumping in at the deep end of the championship on a brand new motorbike (in a deal brokered by his dad last weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix), Mackenzie should be in safe hands with the world championship- winning Kiefer Racing team.
The team is finally starting to find their feet in recent rounds despite being only one of two squads running the new Suter chassis on the frame firm’s return to the championship after a two-year absence. Mackenzie’s new team-mate Dominique Aegerter ran in podium contention at Jerez – something that gives him confidence.
“The only 600cc machine I’ve ridden before is my Supersport bike, and I can imagine that it feels a bit different and that I’m going in at the deep end. But I know that and I know I’ll be riding around at the back for the first few rounds, which is OK, because if that’s what I have to do that’s it.
“But Dominique was on the front row at Jerez and has been in the top 10 of every race, so from what Danny said I think it was more a personal problem with the team and not the bike. Trying to replace a world champion is big boots to fill, but I guess that it’s good timing that they needed a Brit in Moto2 and I was in good form in BSB!”
That should be aided by an influx of extra capital into the team, with series organisers Dorna believed to be financially supporting Mackenzie’s move as they maintain a British presence in the championship. Dorna have shown a big commitment to British talent in recent months with the launch of both John Mcphee’s British Talent Team and the upcoming British Talent Cup.
‘It all happened a bit suddenly but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity’ TARRAN MACKENZIE