Long-time mates Niall Mackenzie and Neil Hodgson set up Mackenzie Hodgson in 2016, after researching the market and coming to the conclusion that motorcyclists deserved more rider-focussed bike insurance.
The pair are well-known faces on the UK motorcycling scene. Niall spent a decade racing in the Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championships in the 1980s and 1990s, being Britain’s leading competitor as a factory rider in the premier 500cc class, before returning to the UK to win three back-to-back British Superbike titles for Yamaha between 1996 and 1998. This unique hat trick remains a record today, having never been achieved again since.
Neil’s career saw him win the British 125cc championship, as an 18 year old, in 1992, before moving to the Grand Prix world championships, first in 125s and latterly 500s, before moving to World Superbikes, where he was a factory rider for Ducati and Kawasaki during the championship’s golden years.
Hodgy returned to the UK in 1999 and won the 2000 British Superbike Championship in one of the most memorable seasons of all time.
His rivalry with Chris Walker was pure box office and two wild-card wins in the World Superbike Championship saw his career really take off. Neil won the World Superbike title in 2003, before moving into MotoGP and the American AMA Superbike Championship.
In addition to Mackenzie Hodgson, Niall and Neil continue to impart their knowledge as TV pundits (Neil as one of BT Sport’s lead MotoGP commentators and Niall working for British Eurosport on their Superbike coverage) and have spent many years teaching everyday riders how to ride better as advanced level instructors.
Despite spending their careers racing around the world’s greatest racetracks on some of the fastest and most exotic motorcycles, Niall and Neil’s passion for bikes means that they’re not just focussed on the latest Superbikes. From small mopeds and scooters, through to commuters, tourers, cruisers and adventure bikes, Mackenzie Hodgson offers unparalleled knowledge of the motorcycle market.
Niall Mackenzie had his first GP race in 1984 at the British Grand Prix hosted at the famous Silverstone. This was the start of a successful career in the sport, during which he won the British Superbike Championship three times from 1996 to 1998, having already won the British 250cc and 350cc titles twice earlier in his career.
Neil Hodgson started his GP journey 11 years later in 1995 at the Australian Grand Prix at Eastern Creek. Again this proved to be the starting block of a successful career in the sport which took Neil all over the world. He won the 2000 British Superbike Championship and became Superbike World Champion in 2003.
Update on the purchase of Bennetts - September 2020
The Ardonagh Group (“the Group”) announces that, further to the announcement on 17th February 2020 and 7th August 2020 confirming that Atlanta Investment Holdings C Limited, a subsidiary of Ardonagh, has completed the purchase of Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited (“the Company” or “Bennetts”), and on Friday 7th August 2020 the CMA (as customary) imposed an Initial Enforcement Order (“IEO”), also known as a ‘hold-separate’ order on Ardonagh Group Limited and Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited (www.gov.uk/cma-cases/ardonagh-group-bennetts-motorcycling-services-merger-inquiry).
As announced by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the CMA has launched an investigation into the proposed acquisition by Ardonagh of Bennetts and effective as of Friday 7th August 2020 the CMA has imposed the IEO. The overriding purpose of the IEO is to ensure that Ardonagh and Bennetts are held separate during the course of the CMA’s merger investigation and that the competitive structure of the markets in which Ardonagh and Bennetts operate is maintained. As such, Ardonagh and Bennetts are prevented from sharing information except where strictly necessary in the ordinary course of business, integrating or conducting any joint negotiations (or negotiations on behalf of the other party) or discussions with potential or existing customers and suppliers, among other things, until the CMA has completed its review of the transaction and the IEO ceases to apply. We will inform you once the CMA has completed its review, but until then, please continue to liaise with your usual contacts at Ardonagh or Bennetts, respectively, but being mindful that the two business are operating separately under the terms of the IEO. Further announcements on the progress of the IEO will be made in due course.