A double in the Bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight with James Hillier and Dean Harrison, second place for Gary Johnson in the Royal London Superstock, races always hard fought up to the last lap in all classes and the Metzeler 150th Ultimate Party brought excitement to lovers of the German brand and of road racing
ROME, GA – June 10, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A positive balance sheet resulted from Metzeler’s participation in the 2013 edition of the Tourist Trophy not only for the satisfactions and the placings obtained by the riders but also for the atmosphere that the German brand was able to evoke on the island creating the Metzeler Village at the National Sports Centre in Douglas and organizing the Metzeler 150th Ultimate Party last night at Villa Marina Royal Hall which was attended by the Metzeler riders and by more than 1000 motorcyclists who had come to the Isle of Man to watch the races and to experience the special atmosphere to be breathed around these spectacular competitions on the roads.
Metzeler’s commitment and the dedication of teams and riders for which the German tire brand was the technical supplier was constant for the entire duration of the Tourist Trophy, enabling good results and excellent placings to be obtained. In particular on Friday 7 June James Hillier and Dean Harrison won a splendid double for Metzeler claiming respectively the first and second place on the podium in the class Bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight TT while Gary Johnson was the protagonist right up to the end in the Royal London Superstock obtaining second place at the finish. The other races of the week were also hard fought by the Metzeler riders up to the last lap with the Pokerstars Senior TT which saw James Hillier struggle up to the last corners for third place on the podium, but having then to make do with fourth, followed over the finishing line by Guy Martin (5th) and Michael Rutter (6th). These last two, however, helped to make the competition spectacular with breathtaking overtaking obtaining also excellent placings (respectively 4th and 6th) in the Dainese Superbike.
For Metzeler taking part in the 2013 Tourist Trophy was also the occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its foundation together with its fans from all over Europe for whom the little blue elephant company made available the Metzeler Village, a camp site at which it was possible to stay for free, and organized the Metzeler 150th Ultimate Party last night with the participation of DC/AC, an AC/DC tribute band, and of many riders, much loved by the many – more than one thousand – motorcyclists present at the party.
Enrico D’Aloja, Metzeler Brand Manager, said: “Our intention was to celebrate the 150-year history of our brand together with our fans in a place, the Isle of Man, which historically has always had great charm and appeal for motorcyclists all over the world not only for the special nature of races run on public roads but also and above all for the atmosphere, the enthusiasm and the love of bikes, that you can breathe on the island during the days when the Tourist Trophy is held. Being able to celebrate our 150th anniversary together with the riders and motorcyclists who had come to the island was the greatest satisfaction for us!”.
Metzeler’s commitment to road racing activities has not finished with this event. Some of the Metzeler riders, including Guy Martin, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier will in fact take part in the Ulster Gran Prix, the “fastest road race in the world” scheduled from 12 to 17 August in Northern Ireland, a competition in which Metzeler will be a title sponsor from this year and for the next three years, confirming its interest and involvement in road competitions both in the short and the long term.