Arai Corsair V Isle of Man Doohan

With five consecutive 500cc world titles under his belt, it is no wonder that Arai has released the Corsair V Isle of Man Doohan Helmet for 2011. Mick Doohan is actually visiting the TT for the first time in 2011, and will complete a lap with 2010’s five-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson.  The Arai Corsair V has long been regarded as one of the best motorcycle helmets currently in production, and now you can own the Corsair V Doohan TT replica helmet.  With its distinctive black, red, and white color scheme, and the Three Legs of Man and TT logos, the Arai Corsair V Doohan is sure to turn heads.  Estimated delivery to the Arai warehouse is early to mid August, pre-order yours today!

 

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Michael Dunlop Takes TT Superstock Win

michael_dunlopMichael Dunlop made up for the disappointment of retiring from the morning’s Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 by winning Monday evening’s delayed 4-lap Royal London 360 Superstock race.

Dunlop overhauled lap one leader Guy Martin and promptly romped away, putting in a second lap some 13 seconds quicker than his nearest rival giving him the cushion that allowed him to control the race after the pit stop. His eventual winning margin, the 9th TT win for Kawasaki, was 18.63s over John McGuinness, the Padgetts Honda rider overhauling Martin on the third lap. However, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider had the consolation of his second podium of the day.

The daytime sun gave way to cooler, cloudier conditions for the 6.30pm start and it was McGuinness who put in his trademark rapid nine miles and he led Martin. It was close though with just 0.2s between them whilst William Dunlop was only another half second back in third. Indeed, there was only 1s between the top 4 and 2.4s between the top 7, Gary Johnson, Bruce Anstey and Keith Amor all right on the pace.

At Ramsey, Michael Dunlop was in the lead from Martin and McGuinness but it had all changed by the Grandstand and it was now the Suzuki man in the lead, his opening lap of 127.953mph giving him a buffer of just under two seconds. McGuinness was still in contention, only another 1.7s in arrears with Johnson, William Dunlop and Amor completing the top six. Leading contenders Dan Stewart was out of luck though, the Cumbrian retiring his BMW at the end of the first lap.

The front three were edging away from the rest of the field with Martin circulating on the road with Amor but it was Dunlop who was surging clear at the front, his advantage over Martin 3.5s which, amazingly, he extended to almost ten seconds by Ramsey. McGuinness was still only two seconds off Martin but at the end of the lap, Dunlop’s lap of 129.709mph was way quicker than anyone else and his lead rocketed up to 13 seconds.

Johnson was out though having retired at Cregny Baa whilst William Dunlop and Dan Kneen were treating the fans all around the course to a terrific spectacle as they lapped wheel to wheel.

The pit stops all went smoothly for the front runners and by Glen Helen, Dunlop’s lead was over 15 seconds and, with another 4 added to that gap by Ramsey, it was his race to lose. Behind though, McGuinness was making a move and he was now ahead of Martin by almost two seconds, the latter still circulating – and swapping positions – with Amor. The battle for fifth was also hotting up with little to separate Wilson Craig Honda team-mates William Dunlop and Cameron Donald.

Dunlop maintained his advantage over McGuinness all the way to the chequered flag for his second TT win whilst the Morecambe man was delighted to have racked up yet another TT win. Martin, meanwhile, was again left to rue what might have been and had to settle for third, his 11th TT podium.

Amor enjoyed his second top four finish of the day in fourth whilst William Dunlop just got the verdict from Donald by 0.48s. Kneen, Michael Rutter, Adrian Archibald and James Hillier rounded out the top ten whilst newcomer Simon Andrews put in a brilliant ride to take 11th, also lapping well over 123mph and being the first privateer home.

Conor Cummins got his much deserved first finish of the week in 12th with newcomers Dean Harrison and PiotrBetlej also putting in their first 120mph+ laps in 27th and 29th.

McGuinness has opened up a 10-point lead over Amor in the TT Championship while Ian Mackman, 15th in the race, continues to extend his lead in the Privateers Championship.

To listen live to Radio TT’s commentary for all races and follow live timing at the 2011 Isle of Man TT Races go to www.iomtt.com

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Isle of Man Media Office]

Jenny Tinmouth Leaves British Superbike Series

jenny_tinmouthShortly after making her historic debut in the British Superbike series, Jenny Tinmouth has split from the Splitlath Motorsport team.

Tinmouth, who was the first woman to compete in the British Superbike series, has had trouble finding competitive settings on her bike this year. Tinmouth failed to qualify during the opening rounds of the BSB series, but did manage to make her historic debut at Croft last weekend.

“We had a lot of problems with the bike and it hasn’t worked out,” Timmouth said. “It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly but things have not gone as I expected. We didn’t get enough testing in at the start of the season and the problems have been continuous.”

Tinmouth, who took third in the British Supersport series last year, says that she will try to compete in the BSB again in the near future.

“I always intended it to be a learning year but I went into British Superbikes to race and I just didn’t get the opportunity to show what I could do,” Tinmouth said. “I felt that the best thing for both me and the team was for me to leave and get some track time.

“I want to take the positives out of the whole experience and I am proud that I was the first woman to race in Superbikes. It’s definitely something that I am aiming to return to as soon as possible. I felt at home in Superbikes, it wasn’t a monumental step up from the level I was at previously. I know that I’m good enough to compete but in order to do that I need to race as it’s what I love to do.

“I’ll take stock, get back on the bike and hopefully have a shot at the Superbikes in the not too distant future.”

Tinmouth will be replaced by American Mark Miller for the next round of the British Superbike series at Thruxton.

“Jenny has been fantastic to work with and we are all sorry that things haven’t worked out as we had hoped. Mark is a very experienced rider and we are delighted he is joining the team,” said Splitlath team Manager John Dimbylow.

Tinmouth, who made history in 2010 by bcoming the fastest woman at the Isle of Man, will also be sitting out of the TT this year.

“I will not be competing at the TT but it will give me the chance to get a new perspective on the event and to recharge,” Tinmouth said.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

TT Day of Champions Gives Fans Opportunity to Meet TT Stars

guy_martin_iomttThe Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development has confirmed that there will be a ‘Day of Champions’ in the TT Races Paddock as part of the 2011 Mountain Course Centenary celebrations.

The event will take place on Thursday 9th June between 12pm and 3pm and will feature a series of interviews with leading TT riders, as well as the VIP’s who will be on the Island for the following day’s Parades.

Highlights of the day will include 3 hours of chat shows featuring legends such as Mick Doohan, GiacomoAgostini, Steve Baker, Mick Grant and Chas Mortimer as well as modern TT stars such as John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.

There will also be an auction on behalf of the TTRA (TT Riders Association). The event will be held on a purpose built stage in pit lane, in front of the TT Grandstand and will be hosted by Radio TT presenters Tim Glover and Chris Kinley.

Many of the riders will be participating in the ‘Milestones of the Mountain’ and Yamaha Classic Race Team parades the following day, while the TT riders will be featuring in the Blue RibandPokerStars Senior TT, the climax of the week’s racing.

Grandstand tickets for the day are available at £5 each and there is also the opportunity to purchase a VIP ticket, which will include tea and coffee, a buffet lunch and all day access to the VIP suite which will offer an opportunity to meet the stars who will be taking part in the Day of Champions. VIP tickets are available for £75. Both types of tickets can be purchased from official TT Races Travel Agency Regency Travel or from Duke Marketing via the official TT website www.iomtt.com from Monday 9th May.

Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, Political Member, Isle of Man Tourism commented:

“This will be a great day of celebration for the TT Races and I hope as many fans as possible can get down to the Grandstand and take the chance to hear the thoughts and views of these motorcycling legends.”

[Press Release Courtesy of the Isle of Man]

SES Inks Title Sponsor Deal for TT Zero Race

IOMTT_SponsorWorld-leading telecommunications satellite operator SES has agreed a deal with the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development to sponsor the 2011 TT Zero race, part of the famous TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy.

The Manx based outfit has a global fleet of more than 40 geostationary satellites that can reach 99% of the world’s population. SES satellites are the world’s leading television distribution platform and broadcast the equivalent of more than 100,000 hours of television programming every day. They also provide vital communications services and broadband access to businesses and to government administrations worldwide.

The company will benefit from a series of sponsor benefits including title sponsorship of the TT Zero race as well as becoming the exclusive ‘Satellite Technology’ partner of the TT Races. The company logo will feature on the startline, podium and winner’s enclosure as well as trackside branding and the TT Zero race bikes. The company will also have a presence on the official iomtt.com website.

The 2011 TT Zero race will take place on Wednesday 8th June and 2010 Race winners Motoczysz from America will be one of a number of teams that will be aiming to be the first to achieve the prestigious 100mph lap around the 37 ¾ mile course. The Isle of Man Government has offered a £10k prize to the first team to record the time, and this year has also offered a £5k prize to the first university team.

SES Satellite Leasing Managing Director Mark Guthrie commented:

“As a locally based business we are aware of the importance and impact of the TT Races, both locally and internationally and we are delighted to become an event sponsor. We admire the ground-breaking achievements of the TT Zero teams, and the Isle of Man Government’s success in hosting the event, and believes that the race shares many of our own brand values.”

Hon Allan Bell, MHK, Minister, Department of Economic Development, commented:

“SES is a great example of a successful business that is benefiting from the Isle of Man’s corporate practices and commercial environment. We are delighted to welcome them as the TT Zero sponsor and look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Isle of Man]