Rossi to attend Isle of Man TT races

Lino Dainese to accompany MotoGP champion

story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Apr. 30, 2009
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Eight-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will make his first visit to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in June this year with Dainese, who recently renewed its current partnership with the Isle of Man TT races as Official Safety Partner for the second successive year.

Dainese founder and CEO Lino Dainese will accompany Rossi and Italian legend Giacomo Agostini on this historic visit.

Rossi will attend the Dainese Superbike Race on June 6 with Agostini, who raced on the famous Mountain Course between 1966 and 1972, winning 10 TT races which then held world championship status.

Rossi will complete a parade lap of the 37.73 mile circuit before the start of the six-lap Dainese Superbike race. He will ride behind the course car on a 2009 Yamaha R1.

“I am fascinated by all sort of motorsport and the Isle of Man is a destination and a race I have wanted to experience for a long time,” says Rossi. “Always the MotoGP schedule is very busy around this time of year, but this year the TT has moved dates a little and there is a week gap between Mugello and Catalunya, so now at last we have the opportunity!

“I have seen many famous images from the TT races and of course heard much about it from Giacomo and Mr. Dainese who enjoyed the experience so much last year.”

Valentino Rossi (left) shows his support for TT Dainese racer Guy Martin.After the Dainese Superbike race there will be a press conference involving Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini and TT Dainese pilot Guy Martin outlining Dainese’s future commitments to further improving safety for people who love active sports.

“This is the second year of being the Official Safety Partner to the Isle of Man TT races and is a very big challenge for our company: we want to give a strong signal to our commitment of safety,” says Dainese. “We continue with our research and development program of the D-air system, and at the TT races we will cooperate again with our rider Guy Martin who gave such valuable feedback at last year’s event.

“Our research will continue also at Grand Prix circuits this year with Valentino Rossi's support too. We are delighted he can be with us at the TT this year to highlight the general commitment of all our pilots, together with D-tec (Dainese Technology Center) to make a step forward in Motorbike protection.”

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