Bridgestone and Saroléa gear up for their third Isle of Man TT

May, 31 2016

Saroléa chases podium in the TT Zero, mounted on Bridgestone off-the-shelf racing tyres

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 emissions. 

About Saroléa 

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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