Bridgestone keeps strong in its partnership with Saroléa, competing together for the third time in the TT Zero at the Isle of Man on June 8th. Riding on two promising performances (2014: 4th
place, 2015: 5th place), the all-electric Belgian motorcycle manufacturer is reaching out for the
podium this year with two world class riders. Bradford’s Dean Harrison and Northern Ireland’s
Lee Johnston will pilot an SP7 each, 2 bikes in 2 different colours.
The SP7 boasts improvements in aerodynamics, a modified motor, and a maximum speed of 320
kph. Coupled with Bridgestone Battlax racing tyres, this should prove once again that green
doesn’t mean slow.
To optimise its performance, Bridgestone welcomed Saroléa to try out the new and improved
SP7 at its European Proving Ground near Rome. This state-of-the-art testing facility was the
ideal setting to test the SP7 to the limit and prepare for the TT Zero.
“This partnership gives Bridgestone an exciting opportunity to demonstrate that we push the limit
when it comes to the quality of our products. And by entering our regular off-the-shelf Battlax
Racing tyres to the TT Zero, we hope to show that we can give everyday riders the best possible
performance.” explains Nico Thuy, Head of Motorcycle department at Bridgestone Europe.
Bridgestone, the world’s number one tyre and rubber company, formed a technical partnership
with Saroléa in 2014, providing technical support and tyre expertise for Saroléa track testing and
racing ambitions. The partnership is seeded from Bridgestone’s commitment to a future with
sustainable mobility. This is underpinned by the Corporation’s long-term environmental vision
which focuses on ecological conservation, resource conservation and reduction of CO2
Founded in 1850, Saroléa was the first Belgian motorcycle manufacturer and also one of the first ever global
motorcycle manufacturers, producing fine machines for 7 decades until the factory closed down in the 1960’s.
The rights were then bought in 2008 by twin brothers Torsten and Bjorn Robbens, (Their great-uncle was a
factory rider in the earlier years) and the brand was reborn. Torsten, a high profile racing team manager and
expert in motorsport, military and space composite manufacturing together with brother Bjorn, an IT and
Electronics expert, are now pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology far into the future with the
Saroléa SP7 and the Saroléa MANX 7 100% Electric Superbikes.
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About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.