Podium success for Mar-Train Racing and Jack Kennedy at Thruxton has moved the British Supersport debutants into top spot in the championship standing after just two meetings. Kennedy backed up his hard-fought fourth place in Saturday’s 12-lap sprint with second place in the feature 18-lap Supersport encounter on Sunday. He also posted the fastest lap of the race on lap two of 18.
The Dubliner had led Sunday’s nail-biting encounter on a number of occasions but second place, by a mere 7/100ths of a second secured top spot in the championship standings – also proving the pedigree of the Mar-Train Yamaha.
Taylor Mackenzie continued to make progress at Thruxton, after making the transition to Supersport racing this season from the 125 class. In the opening race on Saturday Taylor posted a 19th placed finished; then bettered his lap time in the second outing where he finished 20th.
“That was probably one of my best races in Supersport and even though we narrowly missed out on the win, I wasn’t settling for anything less than a podium. I’m delighted with second place and my fastest… oh yeah and leading the championship! Big thanks to Mar-Train, ‘me Ma and Da’ and my trainer Michael.”
“Every time I got on the bike this weekend I managed to go faster so we are making progress. I struggled a bit towards the end of race two with the harder tyre, but again as the race wet on I was getting the hang of it more and more. I’m really looking forward to Oulton now.”
Tim Martin – Team Principal:
“It’s been a dream start to the season for us, but as I always said, it’s too costly and there’s too much effort being made by a lot of people to come here and just be happy to be racing. Jack and the team did a great job this weekend, and what a battle in that second race. It’s another podium, some more coverage for our sponsors and Yamaha, and we also have the luxury of holding top spot in the championship. No one will get carried away but it certainly is a motivating factor. As Taylor has said, he made more progress this weekend. Our first goal with Taylor is to get him into the points and he’s been chipping away and chipping away. He’s a professional lad and is enjoying his racing. It will all come together for him.”