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Category: IOM TT - Manx Grand Prix

  1. Dymag announces sponsorship of Peter Hickman for NW200 and IOM TT

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    Dymag, a world leader in lightweight wheels for the motorcycle industry, is delighted to announce sponsorship of renowned motorcycle champion, Peter Hickman.

    Peter Hickman needs no introduction when it comes to Road Racing - the fastest rider to ever lap both the Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200 and Ulster Grand Prix circuits.

    After a very successful IOM TT in 2022 with his first Supertwin win on the Paton, “Hicky” is setting his sights on more success in 2023 but this time on new machinery. 2023 will see Peter racing the Yamaha R7 built in-house at his PHR Performance headquarters. Not only will he compete at the TT but also the Northwest 200 road races. The bike has undergone extensive upgrades and improvements with the very best performance parts being added including the very latest Dymag racing wheels.

    Dymag UK has been designing and manufacturing wheels for over 30 years, so to supply "Hicky" with their UP7X wheels for this new project is an ideal partnership. Peter's feedback can only help strengthen the already well-renowned UK brand. To top the partnership off PHR Performance has also become a retailer of the ever-popular aftermarket Dymag wheels.

    Five times TT winner Peter Hickman said: “Dymag plays a key role in the racing world. Its wheels are ultra-light, meaning more performance from the motorcycle and faster changes of direction as well as being stronger than standard wheels, which is a huge benefit especially when racing on the road.

    “Having the opportunity to run my Supertwin using the UP7X wheels is awesome and I’m delighted to be associated with Dymag. Last year I had huge success in the Supertwin races and I want this year to be no different, although I am under no illusions of just how hard it is going to be. It's a brand-new bike and nobody has any real experience with it yet in the UK and on the roads. The bike has been built by my PHR Performance Centre and is a new project for us. The team have done a great job, as we only received the bike recently but the finished bike looks mega, topped off with fantastic-looking wheels!

    “I'm looking forward to running the bike next week at the NW200 and then onto the IOM TT!"

    Tom de Lange, CEO of Dymag said: “On behalf of all of us at Dymag, we are delighted to support Peter Hickman on this project with our UP7X lightweight high-performance wheels. We wish him well in both the NW200 and IOM TT”.

  2. Tune in to the Virtual TT 2020 - 6th - 12th June 2020

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    The Virtual TT powered by Motul, in collaboration with TT Isle of Man, and as part of their TT Lock-In schedule.

    The event will see eight TT racing heroes getting to grips with a new challenge, by tackling the familiar course from the comfort of their own homes via the newly released game, TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2. Each professional rider has teamed up with an experienced gamer from around the world to complete one lap of the famous course on the game. The team’s aggregated lap time will be their leaderboard score as they go ‘head-to-head’ with the other teams to decide who will be crowned ‘Virtual TT 2020 Champions’!

    Tune in from 6pm BST on Saturday 6th June

    Where to watch:

  3. David Johnson sets third fastest time in TT Superbike qualifying

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    It’s been a disruptive week on the Isle of Man for the 2019 TT races, with just two qualifying sessions going ahead in seven days. The Honda Racing team with Ian Hutchinson and David Johnson have been patiently waiting for the sun to shine and today there was action again around the Mountain course, where Johnson set the third fastest time in the Superbike class, aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

    Since last Saturday (25 May) only three sessions have been held, one of them being the Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomer last Sunday. In Tuesday’s first scheduled session Johnson impressed with his pace and was amongst the quickest in the Superbike and Superstock class – a feat the Australian was able to repeat today with a third place in the Superbike qualifying, posting a time of 17:39.206 mins (128.236 mph). Johnson also was quick on the Honda CBR600RR, posting the ninth fastest time in the Supersport class.

    Teammate Hutchinson suffered a crash in Tuesday’s practice session at the 11th Milestone – the 16-time TT winner was left uninjured after the fall. This afternoon ‘Hutchy’ went straight out on the Fireblade in the Superbike class, and ended the qualifying session aboard the CBR600RR strong; setting the sixth fastest time.

    Tomorrow (Monday 3 June) will be the first race day of the 2019 TT races with the RST Superbike Race (4 laps) scheduled to go at 10:45, the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (4 laps) will follow and is scheduled to go ahead at 18:30 (all times local).

    Click here for Monday’s full schedule.

    To keep up-to-date with all the latest team news follow @HondaRacingCBR on Twitter and Honda Pro Racing on Facebook and Instagram.

  4. IAM RoadSmart warns drivers to expect ‘the famous five’ if they are stopped by the police in the future

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    With the news today that three police forces are trialling roadside eyesight tests and could take licenses away at the roadside, IAM RoadSmart has warned motorists that they can expect to be tested for a suite of reasons if they happen to be stopped by the police for any reason.

    Every driver stopped by police from Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands in September will be required to read a number plate from 20 metres. Anyone who fails will have their driving licence revoked there and then.

    Police officers in those areas will be implementing their powers to request an urgent revocation of a licence through the DVLA, if they believe the safety of other road users will be at risk if that motorist remains on the road.

    IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, has welcomed this new trial and warns drivers that if it is a success they can expect additional basic safety checks from traffic police in the future.

    Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Law abiding drivers have nothing to fear from this – but we believe that extending the range of checks that the police could and should be doing will help remove many more unsafe drivers from our roads.

    “They should be, as a matter of course, examining the following five key items: driving licence, MOT, vehicle insurance, drink/drugs and now eyesight.

    “Adding a vision test to the standard list of roadside checks will be a sharp warning to those drivers who chose not to wear their glasses, or not get their eyesight checked, that the enforcement is now out there to back up the regulations. Our message is simple - don’t risk it!”