Former 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz and racing’s most famous runner-up, Randy Mamola will be Arai’s guests this year at the Isle of Man TT Races to take part in the parade lap on Wednesday June 6th.
Schwantz will be riding a Suzuki GSXR-1000, while fellow American Mamola will taking Ducati’s newest Superbike, the Ducati 1199 Panigale around the 37.73-mile circuit.
“The Isle of Man is rightly considered a mecca for Motorcycle Racing and when I was offered the opportunity to experience a closed road parade lap I jumped at the chance. The top TT racers are respected around the world and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the famous Mountain Course first hand,” said Schwantz.
Mamola, who will be making the trip for the first time said, “I have a long connection with Arai and it will be a real honour to represent them in a parade lap around this iconic race circuit. I’ve met many TT racers over the course of my career and I’m pleased to get the chance to see the races live.”
Joining the two Americans will be eleven-times TT winner Phillip McCallen who’ll be on a Honda RC45 and former British and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson who will also be on a Ducati Panigale and Swan Yamaha’s and multi-TT winner Ian Hutchinson who is still recovering from his latest leg injury, but is still able to ride as he demonstrated during the TT press launch.
To represent the current crop MotoGP riders (after Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Jorge Lorenzo, and now retired Loris Capirossi) and back for the second straight year, will be Yamaha’s Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow, who last year rode alongside five-time world champion Mick Doohan.
Ian Hutchinson who made history last year after winning five races at the TT, will be not able to compete in this year’s edition.
The Bingley Bullet is still fighting leg fitness after picking up a compound fracture to his left fibia and tibula when he was run over after crashing out in the first lap during the British Supersport Championship last September at Silverstone (check the video at the 3.16 mark to see the incident).
Despite undergoing 16 (!) operations and skin grafts and doctors have advised Hutchinson not to race at NW200 and TT to continue rehabilitation and think of fully recovering.
“I’m gutted not to be able to compete at the TT Races this year,” said Hutchinson. “I’ve done everything I could to be there but I’ve just run out of time. I have to listen to the advice of the surgeon and think of my long-term fitness. This has only made me more determined to get back on the bike and return to racing later this year. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both Yamaha and Shaun Muir for being so supportive and I’m looking forward to the chance to repay them.”
Hutchinson will be appearing on the Isle of Man in the Arai Parade Lap with Moto GP legend Mick Doohan and MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Cal Crutchlow.
Source | iomtt.com
The title looks like something made up, but it’s true. Ian Hutchinson has been the hardest to beat this year at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. Gaining a hat-trick at the 2010 TT, Hutchinson took out the Superbike title in 1h 46′31″, followed by Michael Dunlop and Cameron Donald in second and third respectively. The Superbike round saw John McGuinness and Conor Cummins both retire, paving the way for Hutchinson to gain his fourth title on the island.
That title was soon followed by another two in the Supersport and Superstock categories, with Hutchinson so far winning everything there was to win at the 2010 TT. Hutchinson’s win in the Superstock was an exciting one, gained only in the last lap after he managed to recoup the five second lead that Ryan Farquhar was holding with a scintillating final lap of more than 130 mph (on a stock!!).
The Supersport saw Hutchinson win over Guy Martin with Michael Dunlop again, this time in third. After the jump you’ll find the full race results and be sure to check out the IoMTT website for all the action.
Honda celebrated fifty years at the Tourist Trophy and Honda South Africa to commemorate the event has released this CBR600RR 2009 limited edition of this year’s Supersport TT winner Ian Hutchinson racing livery.
Each bike is serialized No. 1 through No. 50, and comes with a Shark RSF3 helmet personalized with the same livery colours and and a personalised certificate of authenticity will be supplied with each and every bike purchased with the buyers name.
The bikes will be selling for R 109.999.00 (10.185 euros) while the C-ABS version will sell for R 118.999 (11.018 euros)
Source | motoring