Isle of Man TT winner Chris Palmer will compete in the TT Zero clean emissions race on an ex-World Supersport machine, it has been confirmed.
The TT veteran will ride for the Swedish Electric Racing Team (SERT). The team has confirmed it will be taking part in the TT Zero race for clean emissions electric motorcycles, which forms part of the 2010 Isle of Man TT race schedule.
The SERT team has bought Anthony West’s Honda CBR600RR from the now defunct Stiggy Racing WSB team and are in the process of modifying it to incorporate an electric system.
The team has been formed and is led by Lars “Lasse” Nilsson, a former motocross and road racing competitor. He has also been a mechanic in Endurance VM and STCC competitions.
SERT has also brought popular former TT and Manx Grand Prix racer Mats Nilsson on board as the team TT liaison officer.
The rest of the team includes Per “Backis” Backstrom (technical responsibility and chassis), Christoffer Alwen (Mechanical design and testing) and Project Manager Peter Rosenquist.
Rider Palmer, 47, is originally from Carlisle in England, but is now resident in the Isle of Man. He has a very credible record with three wins and four podiums in the TT since his debut in 1990, with particular success in the lightweight (250cc) and Ultra-lightweight (125cc) classes.
Lars Nilsson said:
“We bought the Honda CBR600RR because the frame design is well suited to convert to an electric system and since the new parts are about the same weight and placement we expect the handling to be very similar to the original bike.”
“We are all really thrilled to be participating in the world’s greatest motorcycle race although we have a lot of work between now and June to get the bike ready. The TT is the ultimate challenge for an electric motorcycle and we are looking forward to the task.”
Tourism and Leisure Minister Martyn Quayle added:
“We are delighted to welcome our first Scandinavian team to TT Zero and are really looking forward to seeing them put their technology to the test around the Mountain Course.”