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Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes on course for TT races

'Milwaukee feel that both the team and their high-profile riders, Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson, deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of their global TT fan base' - Milwaukee statement
Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes are set to return to the Isle of Man TT this year following a decision by Milwaukee Power Tools to reinstate its support of Shaun Muir's team at the event.

The company had pulled its backing of SMR in January following new rule changes by the TT organisers preventing the use of after-market electronics systems, but remained on board as the team's title sponsors for the MCE British Superbike Championship plus the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix road race meetings.

Yorkshire star Hutchinson and Aussie Brookes' appearance at the TT was cast in doubt, however Milwaukee has now reversed its decision and will support Muir's outfit financially after all, paving the way for the pair to compete at the legendary Mountain races.

A statement issued by Milwaukee in the Belfast News Letter said: “After much deliberation Milwaukee Power Tools – title sponsor to SMR Racing in the British Superbike Championship and international road racing arena – is happy to support Shaun and his team at this year's Isle of Man TT.

“Despite well-publicised feelings on the technical rule changes in the Superbike class, Milwaukee feel that both the team and their high-profile riders, Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson, deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of their global TT fan base.”

The regulations at the TT remain unchanged and Muir has been forced to switch to the BSB-spec Motec unit after previously running Magneti Marelli on his roads Superbikes.

Muir has previously stated that his riders will be put at a disadvantage by the switch to Motec, with rival manufacturers such as Honda taking advantage of their own kit electronics systems, which are more advanced than the standard Yamaha ECU.

Hutchinson has won eight TT races, including an historic five-timer in 2010, while top BSB contender Brookes became the fastest newcomer in the history of the top road race in the world on his debut in 2013.

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February 27, 2014 11:16 AM

I'm guessing that Shaun Muir has been working on and testing the Motec ECU and has found it is not such a great disadvantage after all. So now we have Mickey D and Hutchy joining McPint and the other top men back on Glencrutchery Road. That's great news.

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