Thursday, June 23, 2011

TT Assen ? The Brits Are Coming

Press Release:
Eighteen year old Taylor Mackenzie has a busy weekend ahead. Not only is he racing at the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen in Holland on Saturday but also misses one practice session to take an important A level exam.

In the middle of his revision for his A level Product Design exam, the son of former grand prix star and British Champion Niall Mackenzie, finished 12th in the 125 cc race at the rain soaked AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone last week. This week it gets even tougher for the rider who finished fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez a couple of months ago.

He will take part in the first 125 cc practice session round the World famous 2.822 Assen circuit in the north of Holland on Thursday morning. His father Niall will then drive him on the two and a half hour journey to the British School in Amsterdam to take the two hour A Level Product Design exam. Taylor will miss the second practice session but will be back at Assen for the third practice and qualifying on Friday.

A few years ago Chaz Davies, who currently leads the World Supersport Championship, missed a 250 cc practice session for the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello to take a Geography O Level exam. He was allowed to take the exam at the circuit with an Italian administrator present.

Smith Aims To Build On Silverstone In MP3

Twenty year old Bradley Smith looks to build on his superb second Moto2 finish at Silverstone. The Oxfordshire rider is looking to an improved qualifying session on the Tech 3 Honda to give him a chance to run with the leading pack in dry conditions. He was third in the 125 cc race a couple of years ago and currently lays an impressive seventh in his debut season in the Moto2 class.

Gloucestershire teenager Scott Redding?s season is beginning to kick off. After a disastrous start on the Marc VDS Honda he secured his first points of the season in Barcelona and was fifth at Silverstone where Scotsman Kev Coghlan finished 13 th in the rain.

Despite the rain at Silverstone it was a good day for the British youngsters in the 125 cc race. Wiltshire teenager Danny Kent continued his excellent start to the season finishing tenth. He was one place in front of Danny Webb who scored his first points of the season for the Indian Mahindra team with Taylor Mackenzie 12 th . A mechanical problem prevented Harry Stafford starting and the Leicester teenager still chases his first World Championship points.

Crutchlow Fights To Be Fit

Cal Crutchlow is freezing cold as he fights to be fit for Assen. The Monster Tech 3 rider broke his left collarbone in five places when he crashed in the early stages of qualifying at Silverstone.

He had an operation to pin and plate the broken collarbone in Derby on Tuesday and since then has been fighting to be fit for Assen which includes some very special treatment in an ice chamber. The Isle of Man based Midlander is spending three minutes at a time in temperatures as low as minus 135 degrees.

It?s the same treatment that got Champion Jockey Tony McCoy back into the saddle.

Crutchlow also suffered dreadful pain in his neck after the operation but is determined to try and make it to Assen?s first practice session on Thursday morning.

Taylor Mackenzie:

?It?s going to be quite a challenge and I?m actually looking forward to it. It?s been difficult revising with everything going on with so many races in such a short space of time. Dad will drive me down to Amsterdam straight after that first practice session and no doubt Mum will be ringing to check I?ve been revising.?

Bradley Smith:

?I like Assen because it?s a fast flowing circuit which should suit the bike. Obviously the result at Silverstone was a big boost for me and the team and hopefully we can take another step forward in Holland. It goes without saying we want to improve our qualifying and also I want to run with the leading group in the dry.?

Cal Crutchlow:

?The operation on my collarbone was a success and the doctors seems really happy with the outcome. But I am still in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, the break is a lot worse than the one my team-mate Colin Edwards had in Catalunya and I’ve got different pain and movement levels. And I’ve spent two days lying on my back with a suspected neck injury, so my shoulder just got swollen. I am not very happy that this happened to me in my home race at Silverstone when things were going really well for the weekend. I don’t know if I will ride in Assen. We will have to wait and see, but I’ll be trying 100 per cent to be there if I can.?


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