FTR Moto ready for historic debut at Isle of Man
FTR MOTO will provide the first Moto2 machine to race in the world famous Isle of Man TT Races when promising 22-year-old Olie Linsdell races the FTR M210 in the six-lap Senior TT around the 37.73-mile Mountain course on Friday June 11.
Practice for the 226-mile race takes place this week, and Linsdelltook to the TT course with the M210 for the first time in this past weekend’s practice sessions.
FTR’s TT debut complements an already extensive and growing range of racing and track day activities with its Moto2 racing machinery. Alex Debon, Gabor Talmasci, Andrea Iannone and Karel Abraham are all using FTR’s machinery in the new World Moto2 Championship.
In Spain, Kev Coghlan is one point off the lead of the CEV Buckler National Championship series thanks to victory last time out at Albacete while Russian newcomer Alexey Ivanov continues to progress well in Spain – the 18-year-old enjoying his first season of competition outside his homeland.
Following the introduction of Moto2 as a World Championship class from 2010 the popularity of the thoroughbred racing machines, fitted with 600cc Honda motors, has extended to track day customers with FTR also under way with a limited edition Ron Haslam-Elf replica machine.
Linsdell’s Isle of Man FTR Moto2 machine features the latest chassis technology from the Grand Prix activities of the company and houses a CBR600RR Honda motor prepared by the Joe Darcey Team in Spain, winners of last year’s Spanish Supersport Championship with Coghlan. The engine is built to World Supersport specification.
“To contest the TT is an exciting new adventure for FTR,” says FTR’s Steve Bones. “We’ve brought over technical expertise from our Spanish program to assist Olie and there’s a real sense of anticipation within FTR and from all of our partners. The TT is steeped in more than 100 years of history and the possibility of being able to field a modern, current World Championship machine in the event is a pleasure for us and we hope it will be enjoyed by everyone who witnesses the race and the machine. Just like the original time and reliability ethics behind the TT, we’re hoping for a finish and something to build on for the future.”