Mackenzie, who stormed to emphatic success with the Yamaha R1 in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with ten victories and 19 podium finishes, will race a World Superbike specification R1 for his McAMS Yamaha team as they make a one-off appearance on the world stage at their home event.
While the 26-year-old will have to quickly familiarise himself with the WorldSBK specification engine and Magneti Marelli electronics, the chassis of his BSB R1 is almost identical to that of the official WorldSBK teams and naturally, both Mackenzie and McAMS Yamaha have extensive experience of the Donington Park Grand Prix layout. The Leicestershire track is just ten minutes up the road from Mackenzie’s Ashby de la Zouche home and was the scene of one of his most commanding victories in the 2021 Showdown, which saw him carve through the pack to take the win.
Mackenzie was scheduled to make his WorldSBK debut in April at Assen, but a crash in pre-season testing saw him ruled out with a broken ankle, from which he has now fully recovered. He made his return to the British Championship in May and has been working his way up the order as he returns to full fitness.
The wildcard will be the first venture onto the world stage for McAMS Yamaha in its present iteration, but the team behind the successful BSB outfit, Raceways Motorcycles, made several wildcard appearances in the World Supersport championship in the 2000/2010s.