Reigning British Supersport Champion Tarran Mackenzie endured a difficult introduction to his Moto 2 career as he crashed out in the French GP at Le Mans.
The 21-year-old replaced former Moto 3 winner Danny Kent at Kiefer Racing after he walked away from the team following an extended run of poor results.
It’s been a tremendous rise for Mackenzie, who sealed the 2016 British Supersport crown in his rookie year in the class.
The Scot made the switch to ride the new Yamaha R6 this term and had begun in imperious form, topping the standings in all six sprint and feature races for the opening three rounds at Donington Park, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.
And his exploits did not go unnoticed as he was given the nod to ride the Suter.
Mackenzie, son of three-time British Superbike Champion Niall, was thrown in at the deep end having never ridden the bike prior to the first practice session, but held his own for much of the weekend, qualifying 29th on the grid before an unfortunate crash with five laps remaining.
His departure is good news for Sorrymate.com’s Kurt Wigley, whose chances of improving on his 10th place finish in round three’s feature race will be boosted with Mackenzie no longer leading the pack.
The new Moto 2 rider will be bidding to stay upright at the start of June for the Italian GP at Mugello before a trip to Catalunya a week later, while back home Wigley and co are back in action midway through the month at Knockhill.