Mackenzie on the pace

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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’

The Ben­netts squad have made big progress with the new GSX-R

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