Motorcycle manufacturer Honda will provide a fleet of CBR1000RR Fireblades to be used by travelling marshals throughout the 2016 IOM TT races.
The deal will continue Honda's association with the TT which traces back to 1954. The company first made an appearance in 1959 winning its first race in 1962.
Honda has the most race wins by a manufacturer with over 250 victories, the most recent of which were the closing race of the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races, the PokerStars Senior TT, when John McGuinness clinched his 23rd TT race win, breaking the outright lap record in the process.
Travelling Marshals were first used in the 1935 TT Races. The marshals are positioned around the 37¾ mile course and are able to provide a rapid response to any incidents. All of the bikes carry medical equipment that can assist in managing a casualty. They also carry out duties such as course inspection, observe machines on the course for visible faults and review and report any course incidents.
The Travelling Marshals have previous race experience of the Mountain Course, having competed in either the TT or the Manx Grand Prix. The current team has eight Manx Grand Prix wins and a TT podium between them and all of them are first aid trained to a high level and play a vital role in the Isle of Man TT races safety programme, which relies on fast responses.
Nick Campolucci, Head of Motorcycles at Honda commented:
"Honda's Racing history is inextricably linked with the Isle of Man TT Races and we are delighted to extend and increase our partnership with the TT Races and the Isle of Man. Our success around one of the world's most demanding circuits continues with the current generation Fireblade and it's fitting that the bikes help the travelling marshals in their essential work, as well as taking a starring role in the racing.
David Cretney, Isle of Man Government representative for Tourism and Motorsport, commented:
"There is a great bond between Honda and the TT Races, the Isle of Man and its people. It is a great reflection on the current strength of the TT that a company as prestigious as Honda has come on board as an official partner and its support is a vital part of delivering the TT experience and running the races."
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