Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes will return to the Isle of Man TT this year, after an eleventh hour deal between SMR Yamaha, sponsor Milwaukee Tools and TT organisers will see the Yamahas line up on the grid come June.
With Yamaha unhappy with new regulations forcing teams to use kit electronics, the team believed that they would be uncompetitive without their expensive Magneti Marelli system, but a new compromise with TT bosses will now allow them to run the same Motec electronics at the team’s BSB machines.
Despite initially removing their support from the team in protest at the changes, Milwaukee Tools have spoken of their relief to be back onboard.
“After much deliberation Milwaukee Power Tools – title sponsor to SMR Racing in the British Superbike Championship and International Road Racing arena – is happy to support Shaun and his team at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races.
“Despite well-publicised feelings on the technical rule changes in the Superbike class, Milwaukee feel that both the team and their high-profile riders, Josh Brookes and Ian Hutchinson, deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their tangible skills in front of their global TT fan base.”
For the full story see next Wednesday 5th February’s MCN.