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!

Be sure to check out all of our other Arai Corsair V Helmets in our online store as well.

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]

Rico Penzkofer Will Return to Isle of Man TT in 2011

Rico_at_Isle_of_Man_TTRico Penzkofer will be returning to the Isle of Man TT this year after a superb performance in 2010. The German will be embarking on his third year in the TT, and he is aiming for top 10 finishes.

Penzkofer came less than a tenth of a second short of lapping at 125 mph around the mountain course last year, and earned a 12 place finish in the senior TT. But Penzkofer hopes that he’ll be able to put Germany back to the podium soon, something the country hasn’t accomplished since 1986 when Helmut Dahne took 2nd in the Production B TT.

“Germany has a strong TT tradition and while they have not had much success recently,” said Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager. “It’s great to see Rico coming through the ranks. I’m sure that he’ll add to his country’s illustrious TT history if he achieves the results that his talent deserves.”

Penzkofer made his TT debut in 2009, where he earned a 30th place finish and set a fastest lap of 119.24 mph. Penzkofer would vastly improve in 2010, bettering his speed by more than 5 mph to become the 27th fastest rider to ever lap the 37.25 mile mountain course.

Penzkofer plans to ride the Superbike and the Senior races this year with BMW. He’ll ride the Supersport races on a Yamaha.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Isle of Man TT Zero Rides Again in 2011

Isle of Man TT Zero logo The Isle of Man TT has again added the all-electric TT Zero event to its schedule for the 2011 running. The TT Zero will be held on Wednesday, 8 June, during TT week and will be an official race of the meet. This is the second time that it will be included in the authorized program; the 2009 electric motorcycle race was organized and controlled by Azhar Hussain’s TTXGP and was not officially included in the Isle of Man TT, though it ran within it.

The Isle of Man’s Economic Development department is excited about the event and sees it as a way to demonstrate the clean-tech capabilities of the small English island. Putting such cutting-edge technology on the course allows the teams to use it as development and practice time, thus putting the Isle of Man at the forefront of new technology and innovative design. The TT Zero is very well supported by the Isle of Man government and that means it will likely stay on the schedule in the foreseeable future.

Changes have been made to the TT Zero race plan as well. Foremost in the minds of many will be the new 100 Club. This new honor will be given to the first ten electric motorcycle teams which manage to average over 100 MPH on the course. The award also comes with a special trophy to be presented to each team who joins the 100 Club. The £10,000 (US$15,572) prize for the first team to reach this goal remains in place – MotoCzysz nearly took it home in 2010.

Another new feature of the TT Zero will be the University Prize, which was created to encourage university and college teams to compete on the Isle of Man. It will consist of £5,000 (US$7,786) and will be given to the student-filled team which is the fastest on the island in the TT Zero event.

The 2011 Isle of Man TT Zero race will be another highlight at this historic and legendary real roads battle. This is the future of motorcycle racing and it is continually expanding and getting better each and every year.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

The Isle of Man TT Mountain Course Centenary

Isle of Man TT Mountain Course Centenary Poster At the June 2011 running of the annual Isle of Man TT road race, the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development has created an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Snaefell Mountain section of the course. That part of the real roads circuit runs from the city of Ramsey to the Creg Ny Baa Hotel and has been part of the event since 1911, just four years after the very first TT motorcycle race on the island. The celebration will honor some of the many great riders who tread that section over the last century and look back at some of the more memorable events from that time by recreating the achievements in an extravagant parade which is to be held on Senior Race Day, Friday 10 June.

In the parade will be many of the best racers who have tackled the TT and a huge assortment of iconic, historic and definitive machines from past TT events. Included among the greats are Philip McCallen, who won four TT events in one week, Phil Read, multi-time World Champion and eight-time TT winner, and Giacomo Agostini, legendary Italian racer who will be riding his own MV Agusta. Riders who will be in the parade and also participate in this year’s event are John McGuinness, who clocked the first 130mph lap on the TT, Ian Hutchinson, who managed five race victories at this year’s TT to set a new record, and Dave Molyneux, a 14 time sidecar champion at the TT. Along with these luminaries and legends of the sport, many other current and former stars will saddle up for the parade on Friday.

The motorcycles in attendance will include every significant machine to ever race on the mountain. This includes the Isle of Man TT Then and Now very first Senior TT winning Indian, the first sidehack winner Douglas, and bikes from long-time participants such as AJS, Norton, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and many more. Yamaha will be celebrating their 50th anniversary running at the TT and an entire program has been created for that thanks to Yamaha UK, the Yamaha Classic Racing Team and the Department of Economic Development. Yet another parade will feature past and present top end Yamaha racers.

The overall theme is simply to celebrate the many great memories the Isle of Man TT has created in the minds of residents, fans near and far, the TT heroes and the many that have had the great opportunity to actually race over the Mountain Course.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com