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TT organisers dismiss suggestion of Honda influence

'At no point did any one manufacturer influence the decision' Isle of Man TT statement
The organisers of the Isle of Man TT races have rejected a suggestion that a change in regulations in the Superbike class was implemented at Honda's request.

The claim was made in an official statement issued by Milwaukee Power Tools, title sponsors of Shaun Muir's MCE British Superbike and international road racing team.

It relates to new rules preventing the use of trick electronics at the TT in 2014, which Muir feels puts his riders at a disadvantage compared to their rivals.

The statement from Milwaukee Power Tools said: “The forced ECU changes, suggested at the outset by Honda, would have made all SMR road racing machinery less competitive than its rivals, and the control ECU that SMR would have been forced to fit [Motec] – gives less control than that of their main competitors' Kit systems.”

Milwaukee has pulled the plug on its backing for Muir's team at the TT this year.

However, the Isle of Man TT organisers have dismissed the suggestion Honda influenced the rule change.

“The Department of Economic Development and ACU Events Ltd, organisers of the Isle of Man TT Races, regret the decision by Milwaukee Power Tools to withdraw their sponsorship from Shaun Muir Racing (SMR) for the 2014 Isle of Man TT races as a result of a regulation change in the Superbike class,” said an Isle of Man TT statement in response.

“ACU Events Ltd amended the regulations following consultation with the motorcycle manufacturers as part of a longer-term strategy to contain costs for the TT teams and competitors.

“Despite extensive mediation and consultation with SMR, which began in July 2013, ACU Events Ltd is disappointed that the team has rejected the compromise proposed for the 2014 Races,” the statement continued.

“At no point did any one manufacturer influence the decision and after discussions with a number of competitors, ACU Events Ltd does not believe that it will in any way compromise rider safety, which remains the organisation's utmost priority.”

The Milwaukee Yamaha machines use a Magneti Marelli ECU on their road racing R1s but under the change in regulations, Muir would be required to switch to the Motec system or run Yamaha's own kit electronics.

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January 08, 2014 3:10 PM

"“ACU Events Ltd amended the regulations following consultation with the motorcycle manufacturers as part of a longer-term strategy to contain costs for the TT teams and competitors. " Surely "longer term" doesn't mean straight away? There should be at least 12 months warning for rule changes, unless agreed by ALL teams. The TT should allow whatever BSB allows for the same year. BSB are already controlling costs in an acceptable manner. They need someone in charge of the calibre of Stuart Higgs.

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