For our 150th anniversary, Metzeler officially announces the names of their eight sponsored riders and our participation in the Isle of Man TT and North West 200, as well as Ulster Grand Prix and Southern 100 races as title sponsor.
During the Isle of Man TT, Metzeler will have a village capable of providing free board to bikers who, book ahead and arrive on Metzeler tires.
Starting this year, Metzeler will be the Ulster Grand Prix title sponsor for three years, as well as for Southern 100 Post TT Races for the next two years. Metzeler will also be the technical partner for a selection of riders at the Isle of Man TT and 2013 North West 200.
There will be eight riders on Metzeler tires who will receive official technical support: the team Tyco Suzuki riders Guy Martin and Josh Brookes, Gary Johnson who, with the new F3 675 will be the jewel of the MV Agusta return to the Tourist Trophy, Dean Harrison on team RC Express Kawasaki, Alastair Seeley for team Gearlink Kawasaki, multiple winner of the North West 200, Martin Jessop and the team Riders Motorcycles BMW, the team Mar Train Yamaha Scotsman Stuart Easton and James Hillier on the team Quattro Plant Kawasaki.
The first event of the season will be the North West 200 ,which will be held from 12 to 18 May in Northern Ireland. It’s one of the most followed sporting events in Ireland and one of the fastest road races in the world. All eight of the Metzeler riders will be among the participants, with Alastair Seeley, eight-time winner of the competition, racing for the first time on a Kawasaki, and Martin Jessop who makes his return to the “Triangle” (as the race is called due to the layout of the circuit) after a serious accident in 2011.
At the Isle of Man TT, from 25 May to 7 June, Metzeler will be represented by Guy Martin, Josh Brookes, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier.
For this legendary event and to celebrate 150 years of history with bikers from all over the world, Metzeler has also arranged to have an exclusive village built – the Metzeler Village – close to the centre of Douglas, just a few meters from the race track. The Metzeler Village will be open for 7 nights from 1 to 8 June, throughout the entire Tourist Trophy race week.
The Metzeler Village will be equipped with new tents arranged into three two-person pods on the National Sports Centre rugby field, the most exclusive sporting centre on the Isle of Man which is located close to the centre of Douglas, just a few meters from Quarter Bridge Corner—one of the most famous corners on the TT circuit—and just a few minutes from the Douglas seafront, where the main Metzeler will be located.
All bikers who come to the island riding on Metzelers during this period will be able to stay free of charge in the Metzeler Village after booking on-line at the following link on the Metzeler website: www.metzeler.com/roadracing (while beds are available).
At the end of the race event, Friday 7 June, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, Metzeler will be organising the rocking event of the 2013 TT season, the Metzeler 150th Ultimate Party at the prestigious Villa Marina Royal Hall on the Douglas seafront. It will be a unique party with an incredible AC/DC tribute band, DC/AC and DJ set rock afterwards.
At the end of the Tourist Trophy, Saturday 8 June, the Southern 100 Post TT Races will be held which, for the period 2013-2014 will have Metzeler as the title sponsor. The competition, held for the first time in 1991, is laid out on a 6.8 kilometer street track and Metzeler rider Dean Harrison will be participating.
Starting from 2013 and for the next 3 years, Metzeler will also be title sponsor of the “fastest road race in the world”, the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland, scheduled from 12 to 17 August. During the week the event attracts an average of 50,000 spectators to watch the riders fly around an 11.9 kilometre track at an average speed of 223 kph. The Metzeler colours will be held high at this event by Guy Martin, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier.
For more information on Metzeler road racing 2013 and to book with the Metzeler Village go to our website at www.metzeler.com/roadracing.