Antonio Maeso is set to make an electric return to the TT Races with Nottingham University, as he focuses his TT 2017 campaign on the innovative TT Zero class.
Regarded amongst Spain’s all time great pure road racers, Antonio in recent years has battled his way back to fitness having been involved in a serious incident at TT 2013.
Having made his real roads return last year at the North West 200, the rider from Madrid is looking forward to returning to the Mountain Course.
Photo by Tony Goldsmith
His TT CV includes an excellent 17th place finish in the 2009 Pokerstars Senior TT, plus a top twenty finish in the following years Superbike TT.
Now embarking on a new challenge with Nottingham University, the Spaniard is quietly confident of contending for a podium finish in the eighth running of the TT Zero race.
Dr Gimeno Fabra, lead academic for the Nottingham University racing project, stated the teams ambitions for TT 2017.
“The team’s passion and fundamental understanding of the latest technology in the electric vehicle research arena will help push them to the top step in the podium.
We were still seen as the underdogs prior to last year’s TT Zero Race, but we have proved our abilities with a fine podium place.
The TT is a seriously competitive environment and we’ve achieved fantastic results with only a fraction of the investment of the big bike manufacturers racing against us.
This year we want to show the full potential of our machines, which is something that we have not yet been able to do.
We think that we have the right people on board, and fully committed riders that love the project and are helping massively in developing the bikes so this time we have every reason to think that we will be pushing the top teams.”
Words by Stevie Rial