2009 electric TT winners Agni Motors are in bullish mood after confirming their entry into all three TTXGP championships, claiming big-money rivals from Mission, MotoCzysz and Brammo last year “looked five years behind when it came to the race”.
Boss Arvind Rabadia made the comments after confirming his UK-based team will compete in Italian, American and British championships.
Agni are also believed to be on the verge of confirming entry in the Isle of Man’s TT Zero event.
Rabadia says he’s undaunted by prospective rivals citing performance comparable to sports 600s: “They talked big before the TT last year. Their bikes looked a million dollars and probably cost it too.
"But when it came to the race they looked five years behind. In practice I thought everyone must be holding back. It was a competition in name only.”
Agni’s GSX-R600-based racer lapped the TT course at an 87.4mph average last year in the hands of Rob Barber and Rabadia says the critical 100mph TT lap looms large in their thoughts: “This year we have significantly different spec motors and of course our secret weapon is Cedric [Lynch, chief engineer]. It’s only 13mph away.
"I’m confident – though the changes to the streamlining rules have made it harder.”
Agni’s multiple series entry is the best possible news to hit a scene enduring torrid times, giving each series a benchmark performer.
More teams are expected to enter wherever the chance to race the 2009 TTXGP winner arises.
No news about possible Agni riders has so far been announced, though Barber is a shoe-in for the TT Zero seat if and when it is confirmed.