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Exide To Sponsor Intact GP Racing Team for 2020 Moto2 Season


Battery manufacturer Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions, has renewed its partnership as a premium sponsor of the Intact GP racing team for the 2020 Moto2 season. As a popular series on the motorcycle racing calendar, Moto2 attracts large audiences around the world and is a compelling marketing platform for global brands like Exide.

For the 2020 season, the Intact GP team includes Tom Lüthi, the experienced Swiss rider who ended 2019 with four podiums in the final four races to finish third overall. He is joined by German teammate Marcel Schrötter, who had his most successful season in 2019, including a second place in Austin, to finish eighth overall. The team finished a narrow second in 2019 and has set its sights on the top spot this year. Intact GP is also vying for MotoE success, with Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter on board an Energica Ego Corsa electric bike.

The 2020 MotoGP season will see 30 riders compete in 20 international races. Global coverage on radio and TV, including Eurosport, will broadcast the events to millions of viewers globally. Described as the pinnacle of motorcycle technology, the championship features prototype bikes with cutting-edge technical innovations and is therefore popular with both racing fans and manufacturers.

Exide’s sponsorship will spotlight its Motorbike & Sport range, which includes Exide Li-Ion, GEL, AGM Ready, AGM and Conventional motorcycle batteries, each specially designed for particular uses. Exide’s ultra-lightweight Li-Ion enables more responsive handling of the motorcycle, as well as being maintenance free and offering impressive safety features.

“We’re all excited to be sponsored again by Exide,” said Intact GP’s Tom Lüthi. “They produce top-of-the-line batteries for high-performance motorbikes and have some of the most reliable and advanced technology available. Exide Li-Ion is up to 80% lighter than a standard lead-acid battery, which makes the motorcycle more responsive.”

The season got underway on the 8th of March in Qatar.

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WORLD’S BIGGEST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW TO CELEBRATE 100 OFFICIAL YEARS OF TT RACING

THE Isle of Man TT races were first staged in 1907 but the milestone 100th meeting will only be marked later this year.

Two world wars, plus the UK foot and mouth epidemic which caused the cancellation of much UK sport including the TT, took out a total of 12 years, meaning 100 years of TT racing can be celebrated all over again.

Event organiser Mortons Media Group will be celebrating this special anniversary with a spectacular TT theme at its firmly established Stafford International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 27-28, 2019, where top-name riders and the famous machines that carried them to victory around one of the most famous race circuits in the world will be on display.

Headlining the impressive list of star guests are current TT stars Ian Hutchinson and Tom and Ben Birchall, with an impressive 24 TT wins between them.

Hutchy, as he is known to his legion of fans, has proved to be something of a bionic man, having twice come back from serious injury which on both occasions almost cost him a leg. Clearly with a few tales to tell, his on-stage interviews are not to be missed.

Likeable brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have dominated the sidecar TT in recent years, winning the last five races. The pair, who clinched their third world title in 2018, will also have their TT winning outfit on display and will be on stage during Saturday and Sunday.

Adding to the galaxy of TT stars will be nine-time TT winner Charlie Williams. Not only will Charlie have one of his TT winning Yamahas on display, but he plans to launch his long-awaited autobiography at the show too. Fans favourite John Cooper intends to launch his biography on the same weekend, with both stars signing copies for fans.

Running the stage sessions is none other than the shows resident compere, Lincolnshire ace Steve Plater. Joined by flying Scot and fellow two-time TT winner Alex George, Plater will find himself on the other end of the microphone for once as he joins his fellow riders to talk about all things TT.

Not forgetting its classic roots, the star line-up will include former Honda factory team-mates from the Sixties, Tommy Robb and Jim Redman.

Of course the TT isnt just about the riders. The show aims to host the most eclectic display of 10 genuine former TT machines ever assembled. The collection includes a 1926 AJS GR10, which finished third in that years TT in the hands of Frank Longman; an ex-HG Tyrell-Smith 1932 works Rudge, which also finished third in that years Junior TT race; a minuscule 50cc Honda CR110, a three-cylinder MV Agusta, a 1984 Ducati TT2 with TT history and an ex-Joey Dunlop RC45.

Now in its 39th year, the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show has already received hundreds of bookings from traders, clubs and exhibitors, with organisers working hard to deliver another stellar event. Deemed to be the largest classic bike show in the world, thousands of visitors flock to Stafford County Showground every year from all corners of the UK and Europe. Its a must-attend event for any motorcycle enthusiast.

For more information, please visit http://www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com

WORLD’S BIGGEST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW TO CELEBRATE 100 ‘OFFICIAL’ YEARS OF TT RACING

THE Isle of Man TT races were first staged in 1907 – but the milestone 100th meeting will only be marked later this year.

Two world wars, plus the UK foot and mouth epidemic which caused the cancellation of much UK sport including the TT, took out a total of 12 years, meaning 100 years of TT racing can be celebrated all over again.

Event organiser Mortons Media Group will be celebrating this special anniversary with a spectacular TT theme at its firmly established Stafford International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 27-28, 2019, where top-name riders and the famous machines that carried them to victory around one of the most famous race circuits in the world will be on display.

Headlining the impressive list of star guests are current TT stars Ian Hutchinson and Tom and Ben Birchall, with an impressive 24 TT wins between them.

‘Hutchy’, as he is known to his legion of fans, has proved to be something of a bionic man, having twice come back from serious injury which on both occasions almost cost him a leg. Clearly with a few tales to tell, his on-stage interviews are not to be missed.

Likeable brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have dominated the sidecar TT in recent years, winning the last five races. The pair, who clinched their third world title in 2018, will also have their TT winning outfit on display and will be on stage during Saturday and Sunday.

Adding to the galaxy of TT stars will be nine-time TT winner Charlie Williams. Not only will Charlie have one of his TT winning Yamahas on display, but he plans to launch his long-awaited autobiography at the show too. Fans’ favourite John Cooper intends to launch his biography on the same weekend, with both stars signing copies for fans.

Running the stage sessions is none other than the show’s resident compere, Lincolnshire ace Steve Plater. Joined by flying Scot and fellow two-time TT winner Alex George, Plater will find himself on the other end of the microphone for once as he joins his fellow riders to talk about all things TT.

Not forgetting its classic roots, the star line-up will include former Honda factory team-mates from the Sixties, Tommy Robb and Jim Redman.

Of course the TT isn’t just about the riders. The show aims to host the most eclectic display of 10 genuine former TT machines ever assembled. The collection includes a 1926 AJS GR10, which finished third in that year’s TT in the hands of Frank Longman; an ex-HG Tyrell-Smith 1932 works Rudge, which also finished third in that year’s Junior TT race; a minuscule 50cc Honda CR110, a three-cylinder MV Agusta, a 1984 Ducati TT2 with TT history and an ex-Joey Dunlop RC45.

Now in its 39th year, the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show has already received hundreds of bookings from traders, clubs and exhibitors, with organisers working hard to deliver another stellar event. Deemed to be the largest classic bike show in the world, thousands of visitors flock to Stafford County Showground every year from all corners of the UK and Europe. It’s a must-attend event for any motorcycle enthusiast.

For more information, please visit http://www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com

Photo Credit: Mark Walters

Book launched to help racing stars realise their dreams

Motorsport consultant, journalist and founder of Racing Mentor Jess Shanahan has launched a new book on sponsorship that will help drivers and riders to climb through the ranks.

The book, entitled Get Paid to Race, is the ultimate guide to modern-day sponsorship and touches on everything from building a brand through to landing the biggest sponsor of a racer’s career.

Get Paid to Race takes Jess’s experience running a race team and coaching drivers, as well as her background in marketing, PR and journalism, and presents it in an easily digestible format.

Those that buy the book will also gain access to exclusive digital content such as templates, guides and videos.

Shanahan says: “Motorsport sponsorship has changed and far too many drivers are going in with the wrong approach. I set up Racing Mentor to help people find success with sponsorship and Get Paid to Race is the next logical step in that journey.”

The book has already had plenty of support from the motorsport community with drivers already finding success on social media, in the press and with new sponsors.

Shanahan also picked up three important sponsors for the book; Marc Brunel Recruitment, Trade Price Cars and SupaPass. She says: “Proof of concept was important for this book so I used everything I knew to bring sponsors on board. They’ve helped to promote what I’m doing, invested to help get the book ready for launch and we’ve got more activities planned after the event too.”

The book is now on sale for £15.97 on the Racing Mentor website  and Amazon.