This weekend saw Team WD-40 lining up at Oulton Park for what promised to be another exciting day of racing in the MCE British Superbike Championship. All 3 Team WD40 riders were looking forward to build on their Brands performances and the Team looking forward to updates for the bikes.
Finally the last of the major components for the Superbike arrived, enabling Geoff, Danny and Tom to really get their teeth into the project with Barry. Niggling electrical problems with the harness continue to hamper progress along with getting Barry comfortable on the bike. Developments throughout the weekend in all areas saw Barry just miss points in race 2 just a little way off our target times. We now have sometime to try to rectify the wiring issues and look forward to the next race.
Barry Burrell said: “it’s great to have everything now for the bike it’s down to me to make the improvements and I am looking forward to the next test and race”
Ben still new to the 1000 and first time at Oulton made steady progress throughout the weekend matching Tommy’s times from the same event of 2013 so on target. In the same way we did in 2013 we are building on our performance and look forward to the same rewards. Ben Young said: “It was great to have my Dad come over from Canada to see me race, the results are not what I wanted but I have a great bike and Team and like Tommy before me I intend to build on where we are.”
The real highlight of the day came from 17 year old Tarran Mackenzie who finished in 10th place in only his second ever Superstock 600 race. Taz had continued his relentless program of improvement throughout the weekend moving up the grid. A good start to the race put Taz in the thick of the battle for points, but the ambitious youngster had targeted the top ten and pushed on to the last lap where he swapped places with 9th quite a few time only for a little youthful exuberance to cost him.
Trarran’s performance attracted attention from Eurosport racing analyst James Witham who described him as a ‘talented rider’ that’s ‘going to go places’. With only two races gone, this promises to be an exciting year for all associated with Team WD-40.
Tarran Mackenzie said: “I am so happy to get into the top Ten for the first time on a 600 for Team WD40, we are all really enjoying working together and being looked after by Clare and Sam. We have a plan for the next race to improve further and I can’t wait “
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “I’m proud of everyone in my Team and how they are working together! It is funny how we feel but everyone is full of confidence because this is the same way we started our championship year in 2013. Barry and Ben have work to do and with a few small personal changes I am sure we will see big improvements. Tarran’s work ethic is brilliant and it is paying off for him, but his fun side can always get him in a little trouble and keep everyone laughing!!”
Photos by Aaron Scott
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