Motorcycle lubricants and lubrication company Motul have created a new Technical Team Award for this year's Isle of Man TT, awarded for the best team performance.
This comes as they extend their partnership as The Official Lubricants Partner to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
The award will be judged by the event organisers, ACU Events Ltd, the scrutineers and representatives of the Race Committee including the rider liaison officers Richard 'Milky' Quayle and John Barton. The judges will be reviewing the team pit stops as well as their race set up, machine development, reliability and performance.
Relentless Suzuki by TAS will surely be one of the teams in the running for the award with numerous race wins and podiums to their name during their participation in the TT.
Team manager Philip Neill explained why his squad are associated with Motul and assess his team's chances of claiming the inaugural award.
“We are proud to be associated with such a well known market leader as Motul, given their association at the pinnacle of our sport in MotoGP. As a team we have recorded 15 wins on the Isle of Man, so we have enough experience to know reliability is as important as horsepower at an endurance event like the TT. The quality of Motul Lubricants works well with our full stable of GSX-R Suzukis, so we look forward to hopefully bringing Motul and our other sponsors additional success this year, at the world's most prestigious international road race.”
Relentless Suzuki have a high profile line-up for this year's TT, with former Le Mans 24 Hour and Bol D'or winner Guillaume Dietrich making his debut on the mountain course alongside the charismatic Guy Martin.
The Lincolnshire man, a former podium finisher at the TT, warmed up for the event by competing at the North West 200, but heavy rain and an oil spillage meant that only one race was possible, with Martin finishing eighth.
“Eighth place is nothing to shout about, but I am now going into the TT Races full of confidence: confidence in the blokes working on the bikes and confidence in the bikes themselves. It was a confidence building day for the bigger picture, the bigger picture being the TT.”