Lorenzo and Nieto to ride at Isle of Man

Grand Prix racers to ride a parade lap of mountain course

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 14, 2010
Angel Nieto and Jorge Lorenzo will be guests of Dainese at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.

The two past and present Grand Prix racers will ride a lap of the course before the Dainese-sponsored Senior TT race on June 11. Dainese was named the official safety partner for the Isle of Man TT in 2008 and the event has played a role in the development of the D-Air airbag system.

“I’m very glad to have the opportunity to be at the Tourist Trophy this year and ride the Yamaha R1 together with Angel,” says Lorenzo. “It will be a great honor for me, because this is one of the most famous and epic races, it still keeps all the meaning of real motorcycling and pilots who ride here deserve the biggest respect. Furthermore I will bring my experience in testing the D-air racing in MotoGP, as a Dainese Safety ambassador.”

A 13-time (or “12+1” time, as the famously superstitious rider calls it) Grand Prix World Champion with 90 career GP wins, Nieto has ridden on the Isle of Man before but he says he is eager to do it again.

“It was many years ago last time I’ve been on the Isle of Man and it will be a great emotion to be there again, at the Tourist Trophy,” says Nieto. “It is a very difficult circuit, only for very talented pilots, and a special race, very different from the Moto GP ones. To win the TT has always been very important for any racers. I am very keen to see if and how it changed.”

Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini attended the 2009 Isle of Man TT, also riding a lap of the 37.73 mile mountain course.