The championship-leading McAMS Yamaha duo are targeting further success in Round 8 of the 2021 series at Silverstone this weekend after Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran completed the team’s third hat-trick of the season at Snetterton last weekend.
There is no rest for the team as they head straight from the Norfolk circuit to Northamptonshire and the home of the British Grand Prix. Again, the British series will run on the 1.6 mile, super fast National circuit – which saw the McAMS Yamaha on the podium in every race in 2020 including victory for Tarran Mackenzie.
The weekend marks the final three races before the Title Fighters’ Showdown gets underway at Oulton Park, with both O’Halloran and Mackenzie having secured a spot in the nine-race title scrap.
Mackenzie, who enjoyed a career-best weekend at Snetterton, heads to Silverstone full of confidence. A venue where he took his debut BSB podium and first BSB win, the Northamptonshire circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the 25-year-old in previous years. Now confirmed in the title fighters’ showdown, Mackenzie is keen to narrow the podium point gap to team-mate Jason O’Halloran.
Aussie O’Halloran continues to lead the championship after a remarkable ten wins from the first 21 races. He’s got his eyes firmly set on victory this weekend as he looks to further extend his podium point lead ahead of the Showdown getting underway at Oulton Park later this month.
Lap record holder around the Silverstone National track, O’Halloran was on the podium in every race at the track last year but will be aiming for the top step this time around as he continues his best ever season in BSB.
After showing promise at Snetterton, Ian Hutchinson and the Edwards 1902 Yamaha team will be out to make amends in the National Superstock category. Hutchinson was cruelly denied a strong result at the Norfolk track through a technical retirement, but he’ll be hoping the fast, flowing nature of the Silverstone circuit will play into the hands of the stock R1.
Championship: 1st (399 points)
“Snetterton was a great weekend for me. It’s not been my strongest track on the Yamaha so to win a race and take two podiums just shows how far we’ve come with the whole package. Silverstone on the other hand has been incredible for the Yamaha in recent years. We had a brilliant test there in April and the improvements we found for Snetterton should also help at Silverstone. It’s the last chance to get those vital podium points and carry as much of a lead into the Showdown as we can.”
Championship: 2nd (293 points)
“Two wins and a second at Snetterton is a career best weekend in BSB for me and now we head straight to a track that has been very good for me in the past. I had my first BSB podium at Silverstone, took my first win there and won there last year too. We know our bike works really well there and tested there earlier this year, so I’m hoping we can have another successful weekend and now I am confirmed in the Showdown, I want to continue to close the gap in the championship fight ahead of the three Showdown rounds.”
Edwards 1902 Yamaha National Superstock
“Snetterton was frustrating as we had shown good pace all weekend and I felt that the podium was possible, but we had a small technical problem in the race that meant I had to retire. Silverstone should suit the R1 so we’ll be looking to continue making progress and hopefully make a step towards the front.”
“This is a really important weekend for both Jason and Taz as while they are both confirmed in the Showdown, it’s going to be crucial to have as many podium points as possible going into the final three rounds. Silverstone has been a strong circuit for us before and we had a very positive test there earlier this year, so both riders will be looking to win races this weekend so we can go into the final three round title fight in as strong as a position as possible.”