3 YAMAHA RD350LC
‘ When I first saw an LC, I knew I just had to have one’
“I’ve ridden factory Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki 500GP bikes and my favourite twostroke remains the RD350LC. When I saw a blue and white LC in MCN something told me I had to have one. I actually entered my first ever race on that very LC, but the Pro-am series was my springboard to success.
“I got a full-time ride in the Pro-am in 1982. I finished runner up, but it was enough to get me noticed. It was an amazing series – free racing, free bikes and £500 to win! Considering an LC cost £1000, that was a lot of money and certainly made you try harder. The fact that as an amateur you could beat a GP star was another bonus.
“You had to be the last of the latebrakers and also anticipate when the two-stroke motor’s power band would kick in, so it was good practice for GPS. It was also pretty fierce racing. People talk about riders hitting each other’s kill switches, pulling on their number boards and other slightly dirty tactics in Pro-am racing and it certainly did happen. Down the straights we used to pull on anything we could reach to gain an advantage and kill switches were always fair game – I remember riders used to lie flat on the bike with their feet on the seat to gain an edge.
“Before I owned an LC I never really considered you could make a career out of racing bikes, but six years after buying one I was sitting on pole position astride a factory Honda NSR500.”
Mackenzie came back in 2015 to race an LC again. He won...