Literally earlier today I thought, “gee wouldn’t it be nice to start getting news on who’s showing up to the TT.” Now clearly I haven’t been blogging much, and I am pretty sure I told everyone to take me off their e-mail lists. I don’t think I’ve received a press release from them in two years. Replies to some questions maybe, but not a PR. I’m not the only one, and yet I received it at a little past 3am so says my mail box. Sorry if I’m rambelling, but my mind went poof a minute ago. I was going to practice the piano, but heck no one else seems to have reported this. And I assume the world would like to know. I just get to smirk because you have to hear it from me. Here’s the what I got from Mugen. Make of it what you will. I have a piano to practice. Oh, and I tried like heck to add pics but it didn’t work. Don’t worry, all that is missing are some logos and some pictures of the riders I can’t un-see, and that more is coming in March:
Release on Details of TEAM MUGEN’s Participation in the 2016 Isle of Man TT
Once again MUGEN (M-TEC Co., Ltd., Tomoyuki HASHIMOTO, President) will, as “TEAM MUGEN”, participate in the TT Zero Challenge class *1 at the 2016 Isle of Man TT races, to be held from May, 28th (Sat.) through to June,
10th (Fri.), 2016 on the Isle of Man.
For MUGEN the challenge of participating in the Isle of Man TT races started in 2012 using our original bespoke EV bike, SHINDEN, as a unique project to foster young engineers and conduct developments in a new area of motorsport and experimental powertrain design, and in 2014 and 2015 accomplished consecutive victories with 1-2 finishes in both years.
The 2016 machine, (SHINDEN GO), has been extensively developed using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the past 4 years, resulting in an all-new machine for this year’s challenge.
With SHINDEN GO we will continue with our highly-successful rider line-up of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey as we strive to win our third consecutive TT Zero title.
John has won a total of 23 Isle of Man TT races, and took his second victory in the TT Zero Challenge class in 2015. He also updated the outright course record for the mountain course with his Superbike lapping at an average speed of 132.701mph(00:17:03.567), while Bruce, who has won at the TT 10 times in total, took victory in the Superbike class last year.
“SHINDEN GO” will be exhibited *2 at the 2016 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in March, 2016.
█ Team structure
Team name Rider Machine Representative / Director TEAM MUGEN John McGuinness SHINDEN GO Representative: Satoshi Katsumata Bruce Anstey Director: Akihiro Miyata
【ＴＥＡＭ UGE TT Zero Challenge results ２０１２-２０１５】
Year/ achine Ｊｏｈｎ ＭｃＧｕｉｎ ｎｅｓｓ Ｂｒｕｃｅ Ａｎｓｔｅｙ anking Average peed
Time anking Average peed
Time 2012 HI DE 2 102.215 22’08 850 – – – 2013 HI DE I 2 109.527 20’40 133 – – – 2014 HI DE A 1 117.366 19’17 300 2 115.048 19’40 625 2015 HI DE Y 1 119.279 18’58 743 2 118.857 19’02 785
*1 The Isle of Man TT Race (The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race) TT Zero Challenge
The Isle of Man TT race, which started in 1907, is the oldest high-speed motorcycle race that is still currently held. The island, which is located between the United Kingdom and Ireland, is about the same size as the
Awaji-shima island of Japan.
The races are held in a time trial format on a 60 km public street course that includes urban zones, residential areas, and a mountain section. The event was resumed in 1947, after the end of World War II, as part of the
Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship, and was soon an irresistible competitive challenge for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to demonstrate their technical abilities, and the riders courage. As a result of their successes in the Isle of Man TT it has served as a foundation for the Japanese motorcycle industry, from which it has made the leap to the pinnacle of world class motorcycle manufacture and competition.
The TT Zero Challenge class is a new category that was started in 2009 in anticipation of the future of the age of clean energy. In this category, machines are required to be equipped with a power plant emitting zero carbon dioxide. Though races for conventional internal-combustion engine classes can range from three to six laps, the race distance for the TT Zero Challenge class is currently one lap (approximately 60 km) in
deference to current technology battery performance and capacity.
◆ＴＴ Zero Challenge chedule
Event ame Date and time :Japan time is ahead 8 hours from the time of the Isle of an(summer time) ualifying 1 Free ractice ualifying 2
Friday 3rd June, 2016 20:40～ （1 A ） aturday 4th June 16:35～ （1 A ） onday 6th June, 2016 16:25～ （1 A ）
Wednesday 8th June, 2016 16:20～ （1 A ）
*2 Release of “SHINDEN GO”
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Complex) West Exhibition Hall, Special stage in atrium
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Date and time: March 25th, 2016 (Friday) 14:45 – 15:15
Date of birth: April 16, 1972 (43 years old)
Began competing in the Isle of Man TT races in 1996, and, with 23 victories to date, he holds the record for the most wins of currently active riders. Since 2012, he has been racing in the TT Zero Challenge class as a rider for TEAM MUGEN. In 2014 and 2015, he took 2 consecutive victories in the TT Zero class. In 2015, he took victory in the Senior TT race, updating the course record at the same time. As well as being the TT Zero lap record holder is also the current outright lap record holder for the TT Mountain course.
2015 TT Race Results
・TT Zero Challenge class 1st place ・Supersport class, Race 2 8th place
・Superbike class 4th place ・Superstock class 8th place
・Supersport class, Race 1 7th place ・Senior class 1st place
Date of birth: August 21, 1969 (46 years old)
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Made his Isle of Man TT debut in 1999 and currently has 10 TT victories to his name. In 2014, set an outright lap record with an average speed of 132.298 mph in the Superbike class . In 2015, won the title in the same class, his first TT win in the Superbike events . Has participated in the TT Zero Challenge class with “SHINDEN” since 2014, earning 2 consecutive 2nd-place podiums for the past two years.
2015 TT Race Results
・TT Zero Challenge class 2nd place
・Superbike class 1st place
・Supersport class, Race 1 . 2nd place
・Supersport class, Race 2 2nd place
・Superstock class 9th place
・Senior class 8th place
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