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Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes set to miss TT races

'We would like to stress that every effort was made with the Isle of Man TT organisers in somewhat protracted discussions, to find a solution' - Dale McElveen
Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes are set to miss the Isle of Man TT races after Milwaukee Power Tools withdrew its support of Shaun Muir's Yamaha team for the festival.

Muir had already threatened to withdraw from the TT after new technical regulations prevented the use of after market electronics systems such as the Magneti Marelli unit used by the Milwaukee Yamaha road racing machines, putting both riders at a disadvantage.

An official statement released by Milwaukee revealed that plans to run a third rider at the TT have also been thwarted as a result.

However, the team will still compete at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau and continue in the MCE British Superbike Championship with support from Milwaukee.

Dale McElveen, Milwaukee's UK Commercial Director, said: “The decision to withdraw our support from the 2014 Isle of Man TT races with SMR is two-fold. Firstly we believe the rule changes, apparently initiated as a cost saving exercise, would actually have had an adverse effect on SMR Racing – costing Shaun Muir and his team in excess of £30,000 to convert machinery that is currently ready to race.

“SMR, with much reluctance, made a proposal to the ACU and manufacturer supported teams, proposing to run their current Magneti Marelli ECU System – albeit with disabled rider aids. This would have brought the team's Marelli system into line with the proposed Motec variant, which was listed as an option by TT organisers.

“This in turn would have saved Milwaukee Yamaha £30,000 to purchase and fit the Motec systems, which we hasten to add, is not being used, or purchased, by any of the other leading manufacturers,” he added.

“Unfortunately SMR's proposal to use a restricted Marelli package, was rejected by the other leading manufacturers and TT organisers.

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January 05, 2014 3:29 PM

This is supposed to be an INTERNATIONAL EVENT and as such should come under FIM regulations the same as WSB not BSB rules that they are adopting. In my opion the team have made the right decision the TT organisers and the ACU need to stop doing what Honda want and be fair to everyone The losers here are the fans and the manx residents that rely on the event to make a living so with M Dunlop out and now these guys plus jonny foreigner with his xwsb bike there wont be much to cheer about. At least Honda will get what they want and win every race! not to mention what ever dodgy deal Motec/higgs and honda have cooked up to suit there own ends Any one got the Steam rackets canculation number !

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