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McAMS Yamaha retains O'Halloran and Mackenzie for 2021 BSB

Wednesday, November 18 2020

McAMS Yamaha have retained their line-up of Jason O'Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie for next season after the team celebrated their best campaign to date in the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

The announcement of O'Halloran and Mackenzie agreeing one-year extensions to their current deals follows the news that McAMS will remain on board as title sponsor for a fifth year, as the pair continue as team-mates for a third consecutive season.

During the 2020 season with the new Yamaha YZF-R1, O'Halloran and Mackenzie shared five victories between them and made seventeen visits to the podium. O'Halloran eventually finished runner-up in the championship chase after taking the title fight to the wire at Brands Hatch.

Mackenzie also displayed his title-fighting credentials in 2020 with victories at Silverstone and Donington GP with a further four podium finishes taking him to fifth in the standings at the end of the season.

The Fleetwood-based team already have their 2021 preparations underway to make further progress with the YZF-R1 as they seek to go one better and clinch the 2021 crown.

O'Halloran said: "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!"

Mackenzie said: "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 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 closed the gap to Josh to fight at the front until the end and I am 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 Owner Steve Rodgers added: "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 commented: "We are really happy that Jason and Tarran will continue to be the team's riders as we head in to our fifth year as McAMS Yamaha. 2020 was a great season for the team with both riders winning races and finishing on the podium regularly and it was brilliant for us to see Jason fighting for the title until the very last race. In Jason and Tarran, we have two riders more than capable of fighting for the title and that is the ultimate goal - becoming British Superbike Champions!"

Lee Neesham, Yamaha Motor UK, concluded: "Jason and Tarran went from strength to strength during 2020 with some outstanding rides with both riders delivering pole positions, podiums and wins on the new R1. It was such a shame that fans did not get to watch from trackside as the racing was more competitive and closer than ever. So we are delighted that they will both continue with the McAMS team for next season and we wish them every success with their challenge for the 2021 British Superbike crown."