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PowerSports Business - June 15, 2015

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FOCUS PSB Tire & Wheel www.PowersportsBusiness.com Powersports Business • June 15, 2015 • 21 This year Metzeler's commitment to road racing activity will be strong once again, thanks to the impressive lineup of riders putting their trust in the brand of the elephant logo, helped by the good results achieved in last year's events. Metzeler will also be the 2015 Title Sponsor for the Ulster Grand Prix, as well as confirming the popular Metzeler Village initiative on the Isle of Man. THE TEAM OF METZELER RIDERS More than 15 riders have chosen Metzeler tires this year to race in the various road competi- tions on the calendar. These include, to name a few, Guy Martin, William Dunlop, Alistair Seeley, Martin Jessop, Ian Hutchinson, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin, James Hillier, Michael Rutter, Glenn Irwin and Ben Wilson. For the various road racing rounds Metzeler will also be collaborating in 2015 with many of the major motorcycle manufacturers including BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, Kawasaki and MV Agusta. Last year, thanks to the close collaboration with the riders, teams and motorcycle manu- facturers, Metzeler caps were on the podium 23 times, including 11 times on the top step. ROAD RACING The best-known competition and the one that all road racing fans await most anxiously, is the legendary Isle of Man TT where last year Metzeler riders took eight podiums. This truly global event is scheduled on the calendar this year from May 30-June 12. Racing to represent Metzeler in the vari- ous categories will be Martin, Dunlop, Jessop, Hutchinson, Johnson, Harrison, Lintin, Hillier and Rutter. At the end of the Tourist Trophy, on Satur- day, June 13, the Post TT Races will be held at Billown, with the participation of Harrison and Lintin. Then it will be time for the Southern 100. Last year the Metzeler riders won all seven of the major categories, dominating on this spectacular 4.25 mile track, again held at Bil- lown. This year the race runs from July 6-9, and participating riders include Martin, Dunlop, Harrison and Lintin. From Aug. 3-8 the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix will be held in Northern Ireland, a com- petition where the brand is title sponsor for the third year in a row. It's also known as "the fastest road race in the world" because of its 11.9-kilometer track that is raced at an aver- age speed of 223 kph. Metzeler riders on the starting grid will include multiple event winner Martin, Dunlop, Hutchinson, Johnson, Har- rison and Lintin. The Metzeler road racing season will end in autumn with another historic and excit- ing round for all road racing fans, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which will start on Nov. 19, an event dominated by Metzeler rider Stuart Easton in 2014. METZELER VILLAGE AT ISLE OF MAN The Metzeler Village, opened in 2013 by Met- zeler, has even more to offer for 2015. In fact, guests will be able to book everything they need to complete an already unique experience and watch the special "TT Heroes" evening during which the Metzeler stars of the paddock will make a brief stop in the Metzeler Village. The village is located in the National Sports Centre beside the Quarterbridge corner and is the perfect place to watch the race, in addition to being close to the paddock/grandstand and just a few minutes stroll from the lively Doug- las Promenade. The campsite, offered at a competitive price and with a further discount for bikers who arrive on Metzeler tires, provides tents, a guarded parking area, a Wi-Fi area, a chill-out area with satellite TV and more. PSB Metzeler makes road racing season plans Guy Martin is among nine racers representing Metzeler at the Isle of Man this year.

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