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Mackenzie: No pressure ahead of Brands Hatch title decider

Tarran Mackenzie knows that a 46-point deficit is going to be hard to overturn in the fight for the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship crown at Brands Hatch, but with 75-points up for grabs, anything could still happen next weekend (October 16/17/18).

Mackenzie heads into the final races of the season having his strongest campaign to date with the McAMS Yamaha team, winning two races and an additional two podium finishes, which puts him still with a mathematical shot at the title.

A win and a podium finish at Donington Park was just the end to the weekend Mackenzie needed after a tough start to free practice because of a technical issue, which sidelined him during the opening session and left him down the order on the starting grid for the opening race.

Mackenzie said: “It was a little bit unexpected going into the first race of the weekend at Donington Park, just because of what happened on Friday and having to start 19th for the first race, and then it getting postponed. I think a lot of people thought that we were just going to have three wet races over the weekend, so for there to be two dry races was a bonus.

“Going into Sunday I was probably hoping for three wet races if I’m honest, just because I hadn’t done any dry laps over the weekend, but then that first dry race, race two, was a big confidence booster for me finishing on the podium. I think after that race, understanding that I had pace to potentially fight for a win was a big thing. Not getting the best start in race three I thought ‘ah maybe it is not on the cards anymore, I’ll try and get a podium’.

“I really had to fight in that race, I got knocked back to sixth I think, or fifth, and then coming through to catching Glenn and Josh and then having pace to push at the end and get a win was obviously really good. Especially after Oulton as well, not having the best round, so to come back and be back on the top step at Donington was a big thing going into the last round especially.

“Being 46 points off is obviously still a long way to be off the championship lead, but it’s almost nice in a way going in with no pressure and just enjoying the last three races. I am just going to get the best results I can and then the championship will sort itself out really. Going into the last round, Brands Hatch is a track that I’ve been strong at in the past, so there’s no reason why I can’t go and fight for three wins there.”

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