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TT Zero ends 'momentarily'

Tue, 22 Oct 2019

The Department for Enterprise has announced a temporary 'moratorium' on the TT Zero race due to decreasing participants.

An announcement was made on the TT website that the electric motorcycle class will be dropped from the TT schedule next year and 2021.

The TT Zero was introduced in 2010, when the Races premiered all-electric prototype and production machines on the TT Course, with significant milestone successes from both mainstream developers of motorcycles and University entrants. 

However DfE said that in recent years, entries have reduced to the extent that the Department now needs to work with the industry to grow a modern zero emission class and encourage more teams, universities and manufacturers to participate.

Rob Callister MHK, Member with responsibility for tourism and motorsport, commented: 'As an island we remain committed to the principles and passion that continues to motivate everyone associated with the TT Zero class and the clean tech industry. Our intention is to have a moratorium on the event to allow the motorcycle industry as a whole to catch up on the leading edge developments that some manufacturers and individual race teams and universities have achieved to date.

‘We remain incredibly proud of everything that has been achieved in clean emission racing at the TT and will work closely with the industry and with manufacturers without the pressure and focus of delivering a race format to build on the success to date.’




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