Redline KTM Announcement Re Taz MacKenzie
Despite only just turning 16, Tarran already has two seasons experience in the class and finished 13 overall in 2011, with a best result of fourth. His father, Niall - a former MotoGP rider and three-time British Superbike champion, will once again mentor ‘Taz’.
Tarran rode the KTM purpose-built race bike fresh from its crate for the first time at Mallory Park on November 26 and was instantly impressed.
“I’m really excited about this. The bike had never turned a wheel when we tested and it still exceeded my expectations – it’s very fast. I’m just gutted we’ve got such a long wait until the start of the season!”
Redline Motorcycles are orange to the core, having been a KTM dealer for 21 years and have raced with the brand throughout this time in various classes, most recently contending the Super Duke Battle, RC8 Super Cup and the British Superbike championship in 2010 with the RC8 R.
The KTM RC125 will be prepared by Ryan Saxelby of Sheffield-based RS Racing and the British 125GP championship campaign will spearhead the dealer’s racing efforts in 2012, which will also include other disciplines of road racing and off-road competition.
Tim Walker, owner of Redline Motorcycles, said:
“KTM and racing are two massive parts of my life. I’ve been speaking with the Mackenzies for years about working together and the timing is finally right. As soon as Tarran rode the bike he wanted to be part of this project. He’s ready to progress, we’ve got the right machinery for him to do that and Redline KTM are out there to be contenders.”
The 12-round championship begins at Brands Hatch on April 9, but Tarran will test again in both the UK and Spain in the new year.