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Six in the mix: Mackenzie and McAMS Yamaha the next new winners in 2020

Tarran Mackenzie claimed a spectacular victory in the seventh round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this afternoon, becoming the sixth different race winner of the season to give McAMS Yamaha their first win in 2020.

At the start of the race, Danny Buchan launched off the pole position to lead the pack for the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki team, however it was short lived as Andrew Irwin was instantly on the attack and stormed ahead before they crossed the line for the first time.

Buchan was under fire from the opposition and soon it was the Honda Racing pairing at the front of the field, with Andrew leading Glenn and soon Jason O'Halloran was in the fight for the lead too, with Buchan then in fourth.

On the fifth lap, Glenn Irwin grabbed the lead from his brother and the pair looked like they would try and break the pack, however O’Halloran was in close contention and Kyle Ryde was into fourth and proving to be a threat on the Buildbase Suzuki.

By lap eight Ryde had moved ahead of O’Halloran for third with the Australian also having his teammate for company as Mackenzie sliced his way through the field from his fourth row start position in twelfth.

Mackenzie wasted no time in getting ahead of O’Halloran and by lap 12 he was into third place, before getting ahead of Andrew Irwin a lap later. The Honda Racing rider was trying to fight back, but a mistake into Brooklands meant he lost serious ground and then would have to do the work all over again.

At the front Mackenzie was soon putting the pressure on Glenn Irwin and a decisive move on lap 16 put him into the lead for McAMS Yamaha, with Glenn Irwin then having Ryde for company in the tussle for second place.

Ryde wasn’t able to make a move stick until lap 22 when he was able to move into second and then a lap later O’Halloran also carved ahead of Glenn Irwin to push him out of a podium position. On the final lap Mackenzie had the margin he needed to claim an emotional victory and his first of the season.

Ryde meanwhile celebrated his first ever Bennetts BSB podium finish, making him the eighth different finisher in the top three in 2020, with Buildbase Suzuki the fifth different team to celebrate a podium result.

Glenn Irwin and Andrew Irwin finished in fourth and fifth ahead of a huge contest for sixth place with Josh Brookes holding off Lee Jackson, Christian Iddon, Danny Buchan and Tommy Bridewell, who started last on the grid, completing the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Round 7 result:

  1. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
  2. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.105s
  3. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.446s
  4. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +1.855s
  5. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +4.362s
  6. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +4.944s
  7. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +6.293s
  8. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +7.585s
  9. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +7.661s
  10. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +7.797s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Round 7:

  1. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 131
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 101
  3. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 94
  4. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 92
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 81
  6. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 81
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 69
  8. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 64
  9. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 61
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 34

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