As much as we bang on about MotoGP, WSBK and BSB, we also like to highlight the other classes of motorcycling around the world, and this week is the turn of the British Superstock 600 class, and in particularly, PaceDayz Yamaha rider Taz Taylor.
Now, I live in Mansfield, and Taz is from there, so it’s only natural that I want to promote sport in my local area, but this isn’t just a token article, he really is the real deal. Last season, in the Motostar category, Taylor demonstrated an incredible amount of talent. Whether it be starting from pole position and sprinting off or going into a last lap scrap with the eventual champion Scott Deroue, Taylor showed that he has what it takes to win races.
This year, he rides for the PaceDayz Yamaha team on-board an R6, that is relatively old compared to some of its competitors. Achieving a staggering 6th on his first appearance in the class at Silverstone and going on to achieve a 2nd place finish at Brands Hatch, this year has been far from shabby from the teenager.
However, as we approach Cadwell Park, is that recent 2nd place a springboard for Taz to build on and get more podiums as the season gets older? Last year, he crashed out towards the end of the race in tricky conditions, whilst in 2nd place behind Deroue. This year, a new class and a new set of opponents could be the key to Taz’ recent success, as he grows in confidence with those around him, both off track and on.
Whatever the result, all of us here at The Pit Crew Online will be behind the Pacedayz Yamaha rider all the way through this year and beyond, and we wish them all the very best of luck for the rest of this season.
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