Clean emission racing will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2010, as TT Zero.
Following the success of TTXGP, the inaugural clean emissions motorcycle race on the Isle of Man in 2009, 'green' racing will be back as part of the 2010 TT programme.
The Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure has confirmed the one-lap race will be called TT Zero and that the team behind last year's race, TTXGP Ltd, is no longer involved. Instead the race will be promoted by the department, which promotes the core race programme, with ACU Events Ltd running TT Zero to the latest FIM standards.
A statement from the organisers said TT Zero will form part of the core TT programme, with riders from other classes on the Mountain course racing. The race will be held on Wednesday, June 9, after the second Supersport and second Sidecar races. Qualifying sessions will be held on June 5 and 7.
TTXGP grabbed headlines around the world after electric-powered motorcycles took to the TT circuit for a one-lap race. Interest in the event has led to interest in the creation of global race series for clean emission machines and TTXGP has been widely credited with accelerating the development of clean emissions transport and many of the technical innovations that were introduced in the Isle of Man are expected to become an integral part of future mass market transport.
As well as the usual prize money available to teams and riders, the Isle of Man Government has also created a £10,000 prize fund for the first TT Zero Race team to record a 100mph lap (160.93kph) around the 37.73-mile course. This landmark was achieved for the first time by a conventional motorcycle in 1957, when Scotsman Bob McIntyre lapped the TT Course in 22 minutes 24.4 seconds for an overall average of 101.03mph.
Rob Barber and Team Agni recorded a fastest lap time of 25 minutes 53.5 seconds (87.434mph) in the 2009 TTXGP race.
Isle of Man Tourism and Leisure Minister Martyn Quayle said:
“We have enjoyed a very successful partnership with TTXGP Ltd and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work last year. We look forward to welcoming many of the electric bike teams and riders back to the Isle of Man in 2010 as well as to seeing new challengers pitting their wits against the Mountain Course.”
“We are delighted that the Isle of Man was the first country to run an electric bike race and the fact that there are now events scheduled around the world is a tribute to the Island's entrepreneurial, innovative spirit and shows what an achievement it was for the Isle of Man to run the groundbreaking inaugural event. We are now building on this fantastic start by properly integrating the clean emissions class into the race programme - this really does send a clear signal that electric motorsport is fast evolving and that the TT Races remain at the forefront of motorcycle sport.”
Regulations and entry forms for the TT Zero Race are available from the Official TT website iomtt.com