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Team Mirai Return To TT Zero Class With 10 Time TT Winner Ian Lougher

Japanese electric racing outfit, Team Mirai are confirmed to return to the TT Races this year, running as in their previous Mountain Course tenure in 2013, 10 times TT winner Ian Lougher within the one lap SES TT Zero race.

Fifth in the 2013 TT Zero encounter, Welsh star Lougher for TT 2018 is set to pilot an EV machine, which features an NSF 250 Honda chassis.

Speaking via his own teams Team ILR website, about adding the innovative TT Zero class, to his itinerary roster at TT 2018, which will also see him jockey Suter’s two stroke MMX 500 machine in the Superbike and Senior races, he stated:

“I’m quite intrigued and looking forward to riding (Yoshi) Kishimoto san’s electric bike at the TT again, although this bike is a totally new machine from 2013.

I was lucky to be able to test the machine while I was in Japan recently, it was not an ideal test as it was only one degree above freezing but it was still good to get a general feel of it.

It’s very small as it’s based around a Moto 3 Honda chassis, which is great for me as I have plenty of experience riding one of those, so I’ll get tucked in and see how we get on.”

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Owner, team manager of Team Mirai, Yoshihiro Kishimoto, who secured last year top six finishes at the famous Wanganui, New Zealand based Cemetery Circuit, added via Team ILR’s website:

“I am extremely pleased that my team is planning to come back to the TT Zero class, for the first time in five years.

When preparing for our last participation within the TT Zero class in 2013, our final preparation for the machine ‘TT Zero 13’, we heard the news of Yoshinari Matsushita’s accident while we were in London.

Our team had to face the heaviest difficult decision after our rider died during practice for the Isle of Man TT.

But Ian Lougher who was a close friend of Yoshinari, decided to ride in honour of him and he finished the race well.

This year, I am very proud that Ian and our team can come together again for the TT Zero race. Of course, Yoshinari will also participate together in our minds.

We are just a small independent team from Japan, please support us and our rider Ian Lougher. Thank you.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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