Mackenzie a fraction outside the top ten in WorldSBK race 2 at Assen

Mackenzie a fraction outside the top ten in WorldSBK race 2 at Assen

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Competing for the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team, rider Tarran Mackenzie has concluded the Dutch WorldSBK round at Assen with a very encouraging eleventh place finish in an action-packed second Superbike race.

Mackenzie a fraction outside the top ten in WorldSBK race 2 at Assen

With the wet weather having conditioned sessions across Friday and Saturday, the SBK field was not surprised to face cold, damp conditions for the morning warm-up, with most riders choosing not to exit so as to avoid any unnecessary risks. Norrodin completed just a couple of laps, while Mackenzie remained in the garage. 

Conditions remained cold but dry for the ten-lap Superpole sprint race. From fourteenth, Mackenzie lost ground through lap one, slipping to eighteenth and giving himself work to do as the race progressed. Doing his best to get into a rhythm, the British rider was able to gain one position during this brief sprint, crossing the line seventeenth. Twenty-first on the grid, Norrodin did his best to stick with the riders immediately ahead but soon lost contact. On lap five, Adam took the decision to pit, having struggled with an electronics issue. 

The second and final 21-lap Superbike race started in the dry at 2pm local time (CET). Mackenzie held fourteenth through the first corners, while Norrodin moved into twenty-first a couple of laps in. The Malaysian made up another position on lap five, while the Brit found a good rhythm, battling with fellow Honda rider Vierge during the central phase of the race for twelfth place. Rain began to fall with eleven laps to go but did not overly impact on the action, with the track surface soon drying again. Fighting all the way to the line to reach the top ten, Mackenzie retained a strong pace throughout and crossed the line an encouraging eleventh, just one tenth of a second from tenth. Norrodin was determined to complete the race and collect more important data, the young Malaysian crossing the line twentieth. 

With the seven points scored this weekend, Mackenzie now places nineteenth in the general standings, while Norrodin is yet to score points. The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team now has a long wait for the fourth WorldSBK round, which will run at the Misano World Circuit in Italy over the weekend of 14-16 June. 

Tarran Mackenzie Tarran Mackenzie WorldSBK Rider #95

"“We have worked well as a team together, it was a very positive weekend and a really good race today. P11 is my best SBK result to date, and it was great to score some solid points. My bike is the same as in Barcelona, but I'm just starting to understand riding this bike a little bit more. And any more experience each race is helping a lot in a race situation. I’m pleased was I was able to keep pace with some good riders and I feel I’ve gained a lot of useful experience. It was raining at points but I managed the situation the best I could and really enjoyed the race. It was good to be in the mix, good for my confidence and for pushing on for the next races, so I’m very happy and can’t thank the team enough.”"

Adam Norrodin Adam Norrodin WorldSBK Rider #27

"“A really difficult weekend for me. We had an electronics problem during the Superpole race, which is why I had to come into the pits in the end. We made a big change for Race 2 and the feeling was better, but we need to understand more in order to come to a good compromise in terms of setup. I also struggled with arm pump this weekend, which was strange. I had no problems with it in Australia or Spain, but it’s been an issue here, so I need to understand how to manage that situation and improve my general feeling with the bike. Hopefully we can find something during our next test session next month; we need to work out how to make progress.”"

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