The METZELER brand is proud to unveil its supported riders ahead of the 2016 Road Race season. Featuring some of the best riders in the sport, METZELER will be looking to build on the success of 2015 which saw them secure wins at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Southern 100 alongside countless other ‘Roads’ events.
After a phenomenal 2015 season, which saw him secure an emotional hat-trick of victories at the Isle of Man TT, Ian Hutchinson remains with METZELER for 2016. Joining the experienced Tyco BMW squad for this season, ‘Hutchy’ as he is affectionately known to his legions of fans comes into the season as a favourite to secure the top step once again. Northern Irish Road Racing legend, Ryan Farquhar (who joins Hutchy at Tyco BMW for the TT and NW200) will also be utilising METZELER rubber on both his International Energy Group BMW and Tyco S1000RR.
132mph TT rider James Hillier is back racing a conglomerate of Quattro Plant Kawasaki machines across the Superbike, Supersport, Superstock and Supertwin classes and will again use METZELER. Enjoying his most successful year of racing in 2015, Hillier will be a force to be reckoned with on the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Two-time TT winner Gary Johnson remains with METZELER for this season, competing on the Penz13 BMW and TT3 Triumph (in Supersport) whilst William Dunlop has again chosen the brand as his tyre choice on varied Yamaha and Kawasaki (Superstock) machinery.
For the North West 200, Alastair Seeley will be representing METZELER on his quest to become the most successful rider in the events history at his local event. Currently joint top of the standings with legend Robert Dunlop on 15 wins, the ‘Wee Wizard’ needs just one more victory around ‘The Triangle’ to cement his place in the history books.
Alongside these riders, other star names who will be using METZELER include Michael Rutter, Jeremy McWilliams, Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and Martin Jessop. Guy Martin will also use METZELER again for any select events he will be competing in during 2016.
Those riders competing in the Supersport, Superstock and Supertwin classes will use the treaded, road legal METZELER RACETEC™ RR tyres developed in the Roads campaign. In the Superbike races, teams have a choice of compounds from the RACETEC™ Slick range.
THE 2016 ROAD RACING SCHEDULE:
The 2016 Road Racing season kicks off with the North West 200, which runs in Northern Ireland from May 8 to 14. Now one of the biggest sporting events in Ireland, the North West is one of the fastest Road Racing competitions and sees some big names from the British Superbike Championship compete.
The most eagerly awaited event of the Road Racing calendar, the iconic Isle of Man TT runs from May 28 and June 10, and is without doubt the ‘big one’ for riders , teams and fans. METZELER will again have a strong presence throughout the two week event, including the return of the popular ‘METZELER Village’. More info on the village can be found at: http://www.metzelervillage.com/. Following the TT is the traditional Southern 100 races from July 11-14.
From August 8 to 13 the world’s fastest Road Race, the Ulster Grand Prix, takes place in Northern Ireland whilst the METZELER road racing season concludes with the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which kicks off on November 17 in the Far East.
METZELER UK Marketing Manager Simon Carter commented; “2015 was a highly successful year of Road Racing for METZELER, with wins across multiple classes with different manufacturers. We are delighted to have such a strong line up of riders and teams and are confident of a great year on the roads, with Metzeler. Finally, it’s also great to meet so many street riders at the Metzeler Village at the TT, this is definitely one of our highlights of the year.”