BSB Champion Tarran Mackenzie: World Cup debut in 2022 is fixed


British Superbike champion Tarran Mackenzie (26) would have liked to switch to the world championship full-time for the coming season, but Yamaha couldn’t offer him a place. The backgrounds.

Although Yamaha is the only manufacturer besides BMW to have four riders with identical factory equipment in the Superbike World Championship, there are still too few places. Yamaha has established a successful youth program over the years, in 2021 the youngsters Manuel Gonzalez and Luca Bernardi shone in the Supersport World Championship and wanted to advance.

And again and again drivers from national championships are recommended for the Superbike World Championship, such as Jonas Folger in 2020, who won the IDM, or Tarran Mackenzie, who became British Champion in 2021.

Tarran, son of former GP driver Niall Mackenzie, tried hard last fall to make it into the world championship. When it became clear that Pata Yamaha would continue with the eventual world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli and GRT with Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane, there was only a tiny glimmer of hope for Mackenzie.

The Go Eleven team toyed with the idea of ​​switching from Ducati to Yamaha for a few weeks. Team manager Denis Sacchetti worked on a future-oriented concept of how he could develop young drivers for a manufacturer and its works team in the medium term.

At Ducati, the Go-Eleven team became superfluous for this task because the manufacturer from Bologna will again be involved in the Supersport World Cup from 2022 and can promote talents like Oliver Bayliss there.

Yamaha would have been an attractive partner for Go Eleven because the Japanese are so involved in promoting young talent. But racing boss Andrea Dosoli signaled to Go Eleven early on that there is currently no budget for such ideas.

Go Eleven remained loyal to Ducati and signed the hopeful German Philipp Öttl for 2022 and 2023.

With this decision, Tarran Mackenzie’s last hope of competing in the 2022 World Superbike Championship was shattered. After all: his team McAMS Yamaha, with whom he wants to successfully defend his BSB title next season, is aiming for three wildcard appearances in the world championship. For this he will receive a factory machine from Yamaha, probably a test motorcycle. This is what Yamaha has done in the past, for example when Jonas Folger’s wildcard was used in late summer 2020 in Barcelona.

“It will be a nice experience for me,” said Mackenzie in an interview with our colleagues from “Nothing is set in stone for 2023. But if I perform well in some of the races – nine races mean nine chances. The Superbike World Championship is my goal. I am only 26 years old. Some drive there who are younger than me, others are older. I still have time – first I want to win the number 1 BSB again. At the same time, I’ll try to get into the Superbike World Championship: my hope and my goal are to race there in 2023. “

Provisional calendar Superbike World Championship 2022:

08-10 April: Aragón / Spain
22.-24. April: Assen / Netherlands
20.-22. May: Estoril / Portugal
10-12 June: Misano / Italy
15-17 July: Donington Park / Great Britain *
29.-31. July: Most / Czech Republic
09-11 September: Magny-Cours / France
23-25 September: Barcelona / Spain
07-09 October: Portimao / Portugal
21-23 October: San Juan / Argentina *
11-13 November: Mandalika / Indonesia *
still open: Phillip Island / Australia *

* without Supersport World Championship 300

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