The 2010 Isle of Man TT will host the first British racing appearance of one of the new Grand Prix Moto2 machines.
A Moto2 bike will line up for the 2010 Senior TT on June 11, the first time one of the new GP machines has been raced in the British Isles.
The 600cc Moto2 motorcycles are replacing 250cc machines and will be raced at prestigious short circuits around the world as part of the MotoGP calendar, but the Isle of Man road racing event will be the first chance to see one of the bikes being raced anywhere in Britain.
British chassis manufacturers FTR will be supplying the Honda-engined machine, which will be a similar spec to that being ridden in GPs by riders including former 125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi and GP winners Alex Debon and Andrea Iannone.
It is expected the special GP bike, which will be ridden at the TT by Olie Linsdell, should be able to mirror the speeds of the Supersport bikes around the Mountain circuit.
Bedfordshire-based Linsdell will be following in his father's footsteps in riding a revolutionary machine at the TT – dad Steve was the last man to ride a Grand Prix bike in a Senior TT when he rode the 500cc Paton in 2007.
Double Manx Grand Prix winner Linsdell, 22, looked set to have a strong TT in 2009 until he broke his leg in a practice crash at Glen Duff. He is now 100 per cent fit and excited to be given this opportunity.
“The Moto2 GP class is exciting for everyone at the moment and I'm delighted and honoured to get the opportunity to race one at the TT. There's a big buzz around the class and while the 600cc bike won't be quick enough to challenge the Superbikes for the win in the Senior TT, there's no reason at all why it can't lap in excess of 125mph and get inside the top 10, which would be a great achievement.”
“Both the team and I obviously have a lot to learn about how the bike will cope with the Mountain Course, but the chassis is as good as anything else out there and we'll be aiming to match, if not better, the 600cc Supersport lap times. The whole project is sure to create a lot of interest during TT fortnight and we're confident we can do it justice and get a credible result.”
Isle of Man Tourism and Leisure Minister Martyn Quayle added:
“The TT has always provided a great test-bed for new and innovative machinery since its inception in 1907 and everyone is really looking forward to seeing how the Moto 2 GP bike performs on the course.”
“This year's event is sure to be fascinating for spectators with a wide range of manufacturers – both new and established – competing against each other as well as the return of some old favourites.”