Reigning Isle of Man TT privateer champion Ian Mackman will join a new team for the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
Team Hairy Snid will provide Ian with a Kawasaki ZX-6R to contest the Supersport class under the Team Hairy Snid Racing banner.
The team is a collective of road racing fans who, with a motto of ‘Bikes, Beer, Craic!’, have been attending events for a quarter of a century. The team was founded at the TT in 1988 and has made an increasingly visible presence at the festival each year.
The team has developed a desire to support road racing by providing financial assistance to riders and organisations that assist road racing. Its distinctive logo has already appeared on a number of race bikes and now also features on a range of merchandise - the proceeds from sales of which are ploughed directly back into the sport.
Mackman explained the collaboration:
“Team Hairy Snid approached me at the TT last year to ask if I would run their decals on my bike. They were in the early stages of starting up a venture to support road racing charities and I was happy to help... fast forward to November when the team contacted me with some ideas to promote their now established venture.”
“They have provided me with a Kawasaki ZX-6R prepared by Kev Spur of KS Performance. The bike is carrying the Brand Hairy Snid logo to raise awareness of the amusing merchandise that they produce and sell to then put money back into road racing and related charities. I'm really gratefully for the support of the team and see the Supersport class as a good opportunity to get them into the spotlight.”
A Team Hairy Snid spokesman said:
“What better way to celebrate our 25th Isle of Man TT Tour than entering a bike? We wanted to return the favour Ian did for us last year in carrying our Hairy Snid logo by sorting him a Supersport ride to complement the ZX-10R he runs under the Kemtile Hygienic Solutions banner.”
“He has improved year on year at the TT, despite being a privateer with underpowered machinery compared to his rivals. With the new Team Hairy Snid Racing ZX-6R we hope to help him make the next step up the top 10 placings after his 9th place best last year.”
Team Hairy Snid has secured support from roadracingsupporters.com, SB-Fotosport and Lancaster Brewery. The latter will play host to a Pre-TT Fundraising Evening on May 18, with monies raised benefiting the Rob Vine Fund and supporting Ian’s racing. Full details can be found at teamhairysnid.com.