BSB: McAMS Yamaha Re-Sign Both of their British Superbike Riders for their 2021 Championship Campaign

Published on November 18, 2020
By Dawn Hammersley

British Superbike riders Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie have both signed a deal to continue with the McAMS Yamaha Team, hoping to pick up from where their 2020 season ended.

The 2020 British Superbike season was by far the best for both of the McAms Yamaha riders. Australia’s Jason O’Halloran just missed out on the championship title by 21 points, having had three race wins and a further eight podiums. Team-mate, 25-year-old Tarran Mackenzie, finished the season in fifth place, having had two race wins and a further four podiums.

With the announcement of both riders agreeing to a one-year extension to their current deals, the teams’ current sponsor McAMS will remain with the Yamaha team for their fifth consecutive year. It will be O’Halloran and Mackenzie’s third season as team-mates. The Lancashire-based team have their 2021 season preparations underway as they hope to bring the championship title home to the McAms Yamaha garage.

Jason O’Halloran – McAMS Yamaha Team

“2020 was my best year in the Bennetts British Superbike championship, fighting for the title until the end and finishing runner-up in our first year with the new YZF-R1, so for me it was a no brainer to continue this project for 2021 as I feel there’s a lot more to come. We were quite conservative with what we tried with the bike this year, with the season so short and sessions reduced we found something that worked and stuck with it, but there’s a lot we want to try so I am really excited to have a full testing programme and then a full season. This year I was on the podium at every track we went to except one, and with the full calendar back next year I feel this will really suit us, so I can’t wait to get going!”

Team-mate, Mackenzie will also be hoping to build on his 2020 season, a year which saw the derbyshire-Scotsman claim two victories.

“Tarran Mackenzie – McAMS Yamaha Team

I’m really happy to be staying with the Mcams Yamaha Team in 2021 off the back of a great year, it was my strongest in bsb as of yet and the team had two bikes fighting for the title at the final round. we made some really big steps with the r1 for this year. and I’m confident there’s more to come. all the guys and girls here are great and the last three years in the superbike class have been amazing with a better result each year, so i want to continue that success.

Team Principal Steve Rodgers was keen to keep things the same within the team for 2021, with both Jason and Tarran fighting for the title in the 2020 season.

Steve Rodgers – Team Principal, McAMS Yamaha Team

“We’ve just had our best ever season in BSB in just our fourth year in the series, so keeping things the same for 2021 was the priority. Jason valiantly fought for the title this year, taking it down to the final race at the final round with some astonishing performances, including taking the win in what the best race of the year at Brands Hatch. Taz also showed his potential with some brilliant rides, most notably winning from 12th on the grid at Silverstone and then that great ride at Donington Park.
“After 2020, there is no doubt we have a package capable of fighting for the championship, so for everyone concerned, keeping everything the same for 2021 made perfect sense as we look to build on such a successful season.”

Valentina Slater, McAMS Sales Director, is thrilled that both Jason and Tarren are continuing to be the team’s riders for the 2021 season and feels the two-riders are more than capable of fighting for the title and that is the ultimate goal-becoming British Superbike Champions for the McAMS Yamaha Team.

Featured image: McAMS Yamaha



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