Worcester Presses are pleased to continue their support by sponsoring the Bathams Racing team in the National Superstock 1000 Championship for the 2021 season.
27/06/2021 – The Latest
It was a story of the highs and lows of racing for Bathams Racing’s visit to Knockhill for the second round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Round 2 was a double header for the championship, and on “home” soil for Taylor Mackenzie being north of the border as he looked to build on the early success from round 1 at Oulton Park.
Following a good qualifying session to claim a front row start for the race, Mackenzie eventually took the lead after losing a couple of places at the start and dominated the final stages to take his second victory of the season by 2.8 seconds.
In the second race, Mackenzie crashed while leading and pushing to build a gap to register his first DNF of the season. While disappointing, there are still reasons to be cheerful – Mackenzie is only 6 points behind the championship lead despite the crash, the Bathams BMW M1000RR lapped at close to lap record pace on only it’s second outing and the team continue to learn more about the bikes systems.
Mackenzie – Race 1: P1/Race 2: DNF – Championship P2 “Not gonna lie, the crash in race 2 was obviously not the plan, I was pushing really hard to gap the pack and just got caught out. Otherwise it was pretty much the perfect weekend, front row start, fastest lap and the win in race one and Pole Position for race 2. The racing was mega, and there’s no major damage to the bike or me, so we’ll be back at Brands Hatch for round three for more of the racing but less of the crashing!!”
Rutter – DNS: “I was watching the race on a big screen in the garage and Taylor was riding perfectly until he made a tiny mistake. I was gutted for him as the penalty didn’t fit his crime.
26/06/2021 Victory for Bathams Racing !!
Taylor Mackenzie produced a dominant and controlled ride at the first round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship to give the team its first victory in 22 months and the BMW M1000RR its debut win in the UK.
The combination of a challenging season in 2020 due to injuries sustained to Bathams Racing rider Richard Cooper, and a delayed start to the 2021 season means that victory has been a long time coming for the team. A huge amount of work to learn the new BMW M1000RR during the Winter/Spring season with continued support from all the teams sponsors, suppliers and technical partners means that Bathams Racing is back to winning ways.
Mackenzie made a good start from second position on the grid, and quickly established himself in a break away pack of riders. By the end of the 14 lap race, the breakaway of four riders became spread out, and Mackenzie finished the race with a 2.8 second lead over second position to take victory following a series of consistently fast laps during the final laps of the race – The first time he has won at Oulton Park on a Superstock bike.
The team will continue developing the BMW M1000RR between now and Round 2 at Knockhill, but before that, a bottle of Bathams Beer never tasted better!!
Mackenzie – Race P1/ Championship P1 “What a day!! Obviously I’m really chuffed to have won the race, that goes without saying, but I’m also really happy with how well the bike is going considering how new and how different it is to the last one. It’s probably got a lot to do with Michael doing loads development testing on it – He should probably give himself a pay rise. Also, the whole weekend ran really smoothly, everything just worked. I always look forward to racing at Knockhill, but I’d go tomorrow if I could!”
Rutter – DNS: “I take full credit for the result, and will be giving myself a large pay rise for assessing all those electronic settings on the M1000RR since we took delivery of it, and all weekend!!
Seriously though, this is great for everyone on the team who has worked so hard on the bike all winter, and our suppliers and sponsors who have helped. You never really know where you are until you get to the first race, and while it is a dream result for us, it is only one race, so we’ll enjoy this evening and get back to work tomorrow. We’ve got a lot of useful data from the race, and feedback from Taylor to go through to hopefully make the bike better for Knockhill”.
25/06/2021 Front Row start for Mackenzie
Taylor Mackenzie qualified in second position for the first round of the National Superstock 1000 Championship after a hectic qualifying session.
Returning to Bathams Racing, Mackenzie picked up where he left off when he rode for the team in 2019 by setting consistently competitive lap times that resulted in a front row starting position.
Meanwhile, Rutter continued to focus on testing and developing electronic solutions on the teams new BMW M1000RR with a number of positive results to continue the teams ongoing learning of the new bike. Having completed the testing program, Rutter has elected to withdraw from tomorrows race, preferring to spectate with a bottle of Bathams Beer.
Rutter: “Today has been really productive. Taking part in the ten lap “Last Chance Qualifier Race” was really useful on top of all the other practice and qualifying sessions. My work is done for the weekend, and so I think I’ve deserved a day off”
Mackenzie – P2 1:36.361sec “Today was great, the bike felt mega, Michaels efforts with all his work today has been a help too, so big thanks to him and I’m sure he’ll have a nice day off tomorrow. Otherwise, I can’t wait to get into tomorrows race.”