MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

At the 46th Tokyo Motorcycle Show,TEAM MUGEN introduced “Shinden Hachi” the 8th iteration of the EV machine with which MUGEN will take on the Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge.

The team welcomes Bathams Brewery as a new sponsor this year, and will race as “TEAM BATHAMS MUGEN”.

Revisions for 2019 include development of the electric drivetrain to provide an increase of output power, and aerodynamic improvements to improve bike stability and reduce drag at the higher speeds the bikes are expected to reach.

As in previous years the team’s ambition will be to optimize their performance and win the race for the 6th successive year, and to further extend the lap record from the current 121.824mph, set in 2018 by Team MUGEN rider, Michael Rutter aboard Shinden Nana.

Michael Rutter will return to the team for his 2nd year and will be joined by 23 time TT victor, John McGuinness.

McGuinness returns to the Isle of Man after a 2 year absence due to injury, and will be looking to resume his winning ways straight away, and add to his two TT Zero wins.

However, his 2019 team-mate, Rutter, is unbeaten in his 4 TT Zero races, and will be looking to defend his record while adding a 5th electric vehicle win to his name.

Regardless of anything else, TEAM BATHAMS MUGEN is set up for a fascinating intra-team head to head contest over the TT fortnight.

Source: MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

Dunlop Masters Official test

Dunlop Masters Official test

Day 1 of this new official test session went really well.

4 sessions each day for each class giving means plenty of time to make adjustments or improve setups.

On hand to give tuition and guidance on and off the track was Dickies British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy on the Mondello S1000rr.

It’s on again tomorrow and admission is free for everyone, highly recommended.

Must open a file share account to post photo’s. What site is everyone using to embed images?

Source: Dunlop Masters Official test

Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, MBE, GM (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981)

Mike was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time. He was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities.

Mike was one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

Sadly, Mike died following a road traffic accident in Warwickshire, England.

His daughter Michelle was killed instantly in the crash and his son David survived it.

The crash happened on the 21st of March 1981.

Source: Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

The Supersport 600cc Races appear to be the most popular, at least amongst the early entries received for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races in the first few days after entries opened.

A total of 16 have been accepted, so far, including five Newcomers Michael Bates, Albert Walker, Kieran Brockie, Laurence Jones and Russian competitor Danila Krasniuk.

Stephen Bostock, Chris Watson, Michael Mace, Stephen Beale, Andy Sailor, Mark Goodings, Paul Cassidy, Richard Charlton, Gavin Brown, Stuart Rayner and David McConnachy are all entered on a mixture of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Triumph machinery.

Source: S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals

Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals

Ballasalla based Chartered Certified Accountants UHY Crossleys LLC have generously agreed to continue to cover Postage Costs for vital correspondence sent to all Southern 100 Marshals, who volunteer their services for all three road races held on the Colas Billown Course.

Chief Marshal, Peter Chadwick says:

‘The Southern 100 Marshals Association are progressing online Sign-on however, feedback from our marshals indicates that this method does not suit all.

‘We upload our Signing-on forms on the official Southern 100 website and try to encourage marshals via social media to download the forms and send them in.

‘Only a small percentage actually do this, and I think old habits die hard as Marshals wait for the reminder when the forms drop through the post.’

‘Going forward, we need to reduce the cost of postage and we ask all of our Marshals to please consider this for future.’

Peter concluded:

‘Meantime we are very fortunate to have the support of a long-established local Accountancy Firm, UHY Crossleys LLC for which we are very grateful, especially in view of the impending increase in postage costs from next month.

Source: Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals

Homestay available

Homestay available

Homestay registered house in Greeba available for TT and FoM. 2 double rooms (1 en-suite) and 1 single available, along with space for put up beds in large living area if required. Large side garden and private parking. Situated inside the course, less than 5 minutes walk to the Hawthorn Bistro and 2 minutes to the main bus route. £200/night, minimum 7 nights. If you can arrange it, happy for groups to share the rental.

Source: Homestay available

Michael Dunlop: BSB men have raised bar at the TT but don't write me off yet

Michael Dunlop: BSB men have raised bar at the TT but don’t write me off yet

Michael Dunlop says he may be going into this year’s Isle of Man TT as something of an underdog but has warned his rivals ‘I’ve a lot more left in the tank’. Dunlop moved onto 18 victories last year following a Superbike, Supersport and Lightweight treble, but much of the spotlight centred on the record lap times set by Senior TT winner Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

Bradford man Harrison had stormed into a comfortable lead in the Superbike race on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki following a blistering starting-start lap at 134.432mph – the first ever 134mph TT lap.

However, a clutch issue with his ZX-10RR thwarted his prospects of a maiden win the blue riband class and Dunlop swept through to claim his 16th triumph around the Mountain Course on the Tyco BMW. In the showpiece Senior, Harrison and Hickman set a red-hot pace and it seemed as though the Kawasaki rider would make amends for the disappointment of his retirement from the Superbike TT as he led on every lap.

Yet in a dramatic finale , Hickman produced the first ever 135mph lap on the sixth and final circuit on the Smiths Racing BMW, narrowly edging out a dejected Harrison by two seconds to win the big race of the week.

Dunlop, who struggled with set-up issues with his S1000RR, was a long way back in fourth place.

Perfect conditions throughout practice and race week in 2018 saw seven lap records tumble and although Hickman and Harrison have raised the bar overall, Dunlop has warned against writing him off.

The Ballymoney man, who attended the official TT launch show at the Villa Marina in Douglas on Tuesday, said:

“I think there is a lot more to come and I don’t think anyone will be willing to push as hard as I am, so there’s definitely a lot more left in the tank.

“We’ll keep pushing and I think now that I’m a very small fish in a big pond. I’m the underdog now and I don’t think anyone rates me anymore, but we’re all right and we’ll be ticking along in the background, so you never know what will happen.”

Both Hickman and Harrison compete in the British Superbike Championship, which has become a growing trend for many of the leading international road racers.

Dunlop, though, says he hails from a different background after honing his skills on narrow country roads at the Irish national meetings and admits short circuit racing is not at the top of his agenda.

“The short circuits were always a bit funny for me because I don’t really do them. We were born and reared around the back roads and road racing was road racing then,” he said.

“Now, the international level has become probably more like a BSB round and back in the day you had real road racers as such, but now you have BSB riders that have adapted to both and it is them at the front of the game.

“For the purpose of track time I’ll go and do some BSB rounds but for me I find it a little bit hard because of the tyre choice, as we run different tyres on the roads compared to the short circuits,” Dunlop added.

“I’ve spent a long career on Dunlop tyres and when you try to switch back you get a different feel, so I struggle a bit with that on the circuits.

“The short circuits are mainly about track time for me and I just need bike time really.”

The 29-year-old set a new lap record in the Supersport class at the TT last year at 129.197mph and also established a new benchmark of 122.750mph on the Paton as he won the Lightweight TT for the first time.

Dunlop’s quickest lap currently stands at 133.962mph, which he set on his way to victory in the 2016 Senior TT on the Hawk BMW.

Kyle White

Source: Michael Dunlop: BSB men have raised bar at the TT but don’t write me off yet