Teams from Japan, America, Belgium, Spain and Italy join experienced zero emissions racers in Isle of Man Mountain Course challenge.
A number of new teams have confirmed their participation in the 2011 TT Zero Clean Emissions Race, which has attracted a new race sponsor SES Satellite Leasing Ltd. The race, which is scheduled for 3pm on Wednesday 8th June, will be taking place for the third time on the Isle of Man as part of the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy.
Entries have been submitted from teams from the UK, IOM, America, Belgium, Spain, Japan and Italy including a number of interesting new teams. There are already four teams from America on the starting grid in 2011 and it is hoped that further teams from around the world will enter before the meeting starts at the beginning of June.
Rider entries include current TT stars like Michael Rutter, John Burrows, Dan Kneen and James Hillier who will all be adding further spice and intrigue to the race itself. Defending champion Mark Miller and 2009 TTXGP winner Rob Barber will also both be returning to compete for the top spot.
Both will be looking to claim the prestigious prize for the first clean emissions machine to achieve a 100mph average lap speed, which comes with a £10,000 fund donated by the Isle of Man Government.
There are also 10 special trophies to be claimed for the first 10 teams to achieve the magic 100mph lap of the TT Mountain Course by a clean emissions motorcycle. The Motoczysz team from Portland Oregon is the current lap record holders, with 96.82mph, which they set in winning the 2010 race.
The Isle of Man Government is also offering a £5000 prize for the leading University teams which this year sees the prestigious American University ‘The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’ entering for the first time. They will be competing against established English teams Brunel, Kingston and Imperial for the fastest University title.
Hon Allan Bell, MHK, Minister Economic Development commented:
“The growing success of this venture is helping us to showcase the Isle of Man’s Clean Tech capabilities as well as encouraging enterprise and innovation. The teams are making groundbreaking developments and their progress is setting the industry standard.”
“I’m delighted to see new teams from Belgium, Spain, the USA, Italy and Japan joining the line up, which highlights the international nature of the event.”