The biggest bike race meeting of the year, the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, is all set for its annual journey north to Knockhill next weekend and for two Scottish riders, there is even more reason to put on a good show for the home fans.
Taylor Mackenzie, eldest son of three-times MCE BSB Champion Niall Mackenzie has made the step up to British Superbikes this season and is beginning to get to grips with the increased power and performance of his WD-40-backed Kawasaki.
That was until race two at the last round at Snetterton when his bike suffered an engine failure causing fuel to be pumped directly on to the hot exhaust. Engulfed in flames and having to spectacularly dismount, the footage has now been seen over a million times on YouTube as the 22-year-old jumped from his flaming bike.
Taylor will be on board a new bike at Knockhill and will be aiming for his best finish as his quest for his first points of the season continues at his home track.
Stuart Easton from Hawick, Scotland’s longest serving and most successful rider of recent times, is also gearing up for his home round and the PBM Kawasaki rider is aiming for a repeat of his podium finish from last season at Knockhill.
Easton was victorious at Oulton Park, following on from his podium finish at the opening round of the season at Donington Park. Now with Knockhill rapidly approaching, the flying Scot is determined to gain ground on the top three in the overall standings.
Easton said: “I am feeling really good and comfortable with the PBM Kawasaki; I never ever say that I am overly confident, because that isn’t me, but I definitely feel happy with where we are at the moment. We have had podiums and a win so far and even at Snetterton which has never been that good to me, I came away with two top tens and that consolidated my position in the top six for now.
“I was really glad to come away stronger and it gives me confidence for my home race now, which is always a big event for me. You always want to give that little bit extra at your home round, you want to find that extra one percent, and I want to be fighting for the podium again.
“At the end of last season we were pushing in the top five and since then it hasn’t been perfect at every round but we have definitely been in the mix. We keep moving forward, but so does everyone else, and my confidence is growing all the time. We were on the podium at Knockhill last year so I really would like that to happen again.”
Tickets for this massive event for Knockhill, Fife and Scotland are available now on www.knockhill.com or by phoning 01383 723337.
Picture credits: Courtesy of Knockhill and Jon Jessop Photography
NOTES TO EDITOR
The event runs over three days from 3rd to 5th July with the main race day on Sunday July 5th. For full event information, please contact Stuart Gray or Tracey Donald at Knockhill on 01383 723337.