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TYCO SUZUKI TAKES THE POSITIVES FROM SNETTERTON


Snetterton British Superbikes - Round 3

Taylor Mackenzie took fifth place in today’s 15-lap Supersport race at Snetterton in Norfolk onboard his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600. The Scottish rider came through from the third row of the grid to take his best result of the season so far.

Mackenzie’s 20-point haul from round three of the championship [he was seventh in Saturday’s Sprint Race] lifts him to seventh in the current standings. His British Superbike team-mates John Hopkins and Josh Waters were also in action at Snetterton.

American John Hopkins finished ninth in race one and seventh in the second 16-lap encounter. His Australian team-mate Josh Waters finished tenth in race one, but was forced off the circuit in the opening exchanges of race two. He re-grouped and came back to again finish tenth.

Hopkins currently holds eighth place in the championship standings just ten points outside the magical top sixth, with Waters currently fourteenth.

Josh Waters:
“It’s been another tough and frustrating weekend but also good to score two top tens. We’ve been working to try and find a comfortable set-up with the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R and although the results don’t maybe reflect it at the minute – I’ve also been putting in a big effort. Full credit to the boys in the team as they are working hard alongside me in the garage.”

John Hopkins:
“I feel like we have made good progress with the chassis and I was actually having to sit up and literally wait on the guys in front at times to peel into corners today we were carrying so much more corner speed. Unfortunately we didn’t have the grunt this weekend to just power past them on the straights, which means we closed in then dropped off in different areas of the track and that was frustrating. At least we were in there fighting and moving forward. I’ve come back fitter and stronger and we must now focus on the next round at Knockhill and improve on these results and get up to the sharp end and start pushing well into that top six in the championship.”

Taylor Mackenzie:
“I’m really pleased with that second Supersport race this weekend. The bike felt great; probably the most comfortable I’ve been on it all year. I’ve made a few little changes to my pre-race preparations and they have helped me come out of the blocks a lot quicker in the opening couple of laps. Thanks to the whole team for another great job this weekend and Knockhill now can’t come soon enough.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It wasn’t one of our better days but we did find some positives from the weekend. We also made improvements and have been working hard to find the ideal set up for both riders and we believe this weekend provided an useful insight for both John and Josh.

Qualifying wasn’t ideal for John and he had work to do and although he made some mistakes, it was good to see him fighting back at the end of both races. He could quite easily have finished top six which is encouraging.

After a difficult start to the weekend with a hefty crash on Friday, Taylor worked hard in both Supersport races. His fifth place in race two, after making some strong passes and a personal best lap time was a very pleasing way to end the weekend.”

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, race one result:
1. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki)
2. Josh Brookes (Yamaha) +4.133s
3. James Ellison (Kawasaki) +4.882s
4. Tommy Bridewell Yamaha) +6.839s
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW) +12.073s
6. Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +19.202s
7. Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) +19.271s
8. Patric Muff (BMW) +19.519s
9. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +19.797s
10. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +27.291s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, race one result:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +4.133s
3. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +4.882s
4. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +6.839s
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +12.073s
6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +19.202s
7. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +19.271s
8. Patric Muff (Bathams BMW) +19.519s
9. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +19.797s
10. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +27.291s


Motorpoint British Supersport Championship feature race result:
1: Graeme Gowland [Triumph]
2: Billy McConnell [Triumph] + 3.488s
3: Luke Mossey [Triumph] +4.461s
4: Luke Stapleford [Triumph] +5.438s
5: Taylor Mackenzie [Tyco Suzuki] +14.409s

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