Ex GP500 rider Niall Mackenzie establishes the form book for 2014 with a focus on all the British riders
There is no real off season in Moto GP. Although we complain about being starved of racing, for those at the sharp end, in little more than two months they have new bikes to assemble, team staff to put in place and sponsors to nail down that will pay for it ... Continue reading
Mackenzie remembers fellow journo Kev Ash a year after his death
I’ve lost dozens of friends in bike racing over the years, and while each death was a shock and incredibly sad, I’ve always had some kind of internal coping mechanism that allowed me to carry on relatively unaffected. Maybe it’s because I was always extremely passionate and committed when taking part ... Continue reading
Jet out to Bahrain over winter for a track day and instruction
A few months ago, expat (and ex racer) John Beddall made contact to ask if I fancied doing some track day instruction out in Bahrain. After thinking about it for two seconds, flights were booked and a plan was put in place to look after around forty riders for a day at ... Continue reading
Crafar's new book, out now
A highlight of Motorcyclelive this year was catching up with old buddy Simon Crafar. Two years ago he launched his excellent DVD and book ‘Motovudu: The Dark Art of Performance’, which I thought was a must have for any track day rider keen to improve their skills.
The book was full of ... Continue reading
Is Marquez better than Spencer? Mackenzie looks at the numbers.
Winter may be here but I seem to be as busier than ever, maybe the economy is finally turning around.
At my last UK track day of the year I had some fun testing this little beauty. It’s a late eighties NS400 triple bored out to 475cc and it felt sweet as I ... Continue reading
Niall Mac on the controversial season-ender
It has lovers, haters and even many that still don't understand it but everyone in British bike racing is currently talking about the BSB Showdown. With my rider's or team manager's hat on, I wasn't convinced when it was first announced in 2010 but I'm now totally converted and enjoy every part of the ... Continue reading
Mackenzie meets ones of his childhood idols
As an eighteen year old Kenny Roberts was my bike racing God. I loved Barry Sheene but as a Yamaha FS1E rider I always wanted the little American to win simply because his bike resembled mine. The coverage of Grand Prix in the late seventies was sketchy but I clearly remember ... Continue reading
If you came across a group of rather fast bikers on Skye, well now you know who they were...
With the Gaelic for ‘old man’ being Bodach it was only right we call our annual has been Scottish Racers run out 'Bodachs on Bikes'. The gang now includes names from the past like Morrison, MacPherson, Simpson and Duffus with a Robert Burns and Big Gordo thrown in for good measure.
Island ... Continue reading
Niall Mackenzie takes an RD350LC to pieces. Then puts the kettle on.
Last winter I managed to fill a void in my life when I stumbled on a very reasonably priced Yamaha RD350LC. It was a tad scruffy, had the wrong exhausts but most importantly it was blue and white with all numbers matching. I had the usual euphoria when the deal was ... Continue reading
Mackenzie on Rossi's Assen win and cash for crash lids
Based on being a fan since his GP career kicked off in 1996, myself and a few close friends have always refused to believe that Valentino Rossi wouldn’t win another race.
Disappointingly, many people who I used to consider quite knowledgeable chose to write the great man off. My faith (or sad ... Continue reading
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