BSB: Mackenzie and MotoRapido Ducati announce split

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Taylor Mackenzie and the MotoRapido Ducati team have parted company during the Knockhill round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

The decision, which is said to be mutual, has been made following a disappointing first five rounds which saw the Scotsman score just three points on the MotoRapido Panigale.

Citing the lack of results as the reason for the split, team boss Steve Moore insisted the parting was on amicable terms: “This is an extremely tough racing class and this season is no exception, while 2018 pre-season was promising the results have not come our way together. It’s just not happened, and we have exhausted all the options to make the Ducati suit Taylor and he has decided to leave the team. We part on friendly terms and thank him for his effort and professionalism. I still believe he has a great racing future.  We expect to make another team announcement shortly.”

Mackenzie added: “I’m really sad to be leaving the Moto Rapido team. For some reason I’ve struggled to achieve the results I know I’m capable of in the superbike class this season. The team have been fantastic from day one and I wish them all the very best in the future. I have no immediate plans but I hope to be back racing as soon as possible.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing