Mackenzie on the pace
Taylor Mackenzie was another young gun to showcase his potential at Knockhill with an eye-catching fifth place on the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the opening race.
The result is a big step forward on his previous best of 14th at round two and the Bennetts Suzuki man puts his success down to two key reasons.
“The team made a big step with the bike with Michael Dunlop at the TT and those little bits helped me a massive amount,” he said. “But to be honest, the arm-pump operation I had at the start of the break was the big thing. I lacked a bit of strength in the races as I haven’t been able to do much during the break, so there’s definitely more to come. We’re still only four rounds in on a brand new bike.
“It’s nice to prove to myself that I’m capable of running at the front, I was behind Shakey for the whole race. You’re never sure as a rider until you go and do it, so I can take massive confidence from this and push on.”
While team-mate Sylvain Guintoli had an improved feeling with the GSX-R this weekend, he could only manage eighth and 14th in the two Knockhill races.
‘ The team made a big step with Michael Dunlop at the TT’