Unfinished Business: Victory & William Dunlop Ready for Isle of Man SES TT Zero
William has been having great road racing results all season and the 30-year-old is making his ambition very clear for this year’s Isle of Man TT; he’s looking for a win, in particular on-board the all-new electric Victory RR.
“I’m very happy that Victory has decided to return to the TT,” said William, who was part of Victory’s inaugural TT Zero race team with Lee Johnston in 2015. “I had a good time on my first ride with the electric bike last year, and I’m looking forward to getting another chance to race as I only got one lap of the course due to my accident in an earlier race. I feel as though there’s some unfinished business to take care of this year in the TT Zero race.”
Team manager Brian Wismann says he has been working closely with William over the past few months, briefing him about what to expect from the new Victory RR. The team has also carried out some testing this week at Jurby Airfield ahead of the first TT Zero practice lap on the evening of Friday 3rd June. William finished the test saying he’s happy with the bike and he has no problem taking it around the TT course for the first practice. He also said he felt more comfortable on the bike straight away this year.
“William is a very talented racer and we are happy to have him back on the Victory Racing team riding our brand new Victory RR,” said Wismann.
William adds: “Compared to last year’s Empulse RR the new Victory RR has more battery on-board, which should allow us to go faster. With Mugen and Sarolea also bringing all new bikes this year, it will be interesting to see how all this new technology stacks up against each other. Most of all, I’m looking forward to spending more time on the bike during the TT Zero practice sessions and actually competing in the race.”
“I haven’t followed the development of electric bikes too closely other than what Victory Motorcycles has been doing to bring a competitive bike to the TT this year. Watching the pace of development for these electric bikes has been impressive for sure, but as a rider, it’s just another motorcycle to race and try to win on – which probably says the most about how far they’ve come.”
Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles said: “Our effort is all around winning and building technology for production. Building a new bike with more battery capacity and a new motor mean we will be faster than last year. It also means we are developing new technologies that will make our production electric motorcycles faster and go farther in the future.”
The first practice for the SES TT Zero is scheduled for Friday 3rd June at 20:40 with second practice on Saturday 4th June at 17.15 and a final qualifying session on Monday 6th June at 16:25.
The race is scheduled for 16:25 on Wednesday 8th June.
TECH SPEC VICTORY RR
Length/Width/Height (mm) – 2089 / 680 / 1218
Seat Height (in.) – 32
Weight (kg) – 240
Front Tire – Metzeler 120/70 R17
Rear Tire – Metzeler 200/60 R17
Frame – Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Motor – Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power – (kW/HP) 130 / 174
Max Torque – (Nm) 240
Battery – Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery – Voltage (Vdc) 370 or more
ABOUT WILLIAM DUNLOP
Name: William Dunlop
Achievements: 100+ Irish Road Race Wins – National Superbike Championship Winner – National Supersport Championship Winner – International Superbike Race Winner – Multi International Road Race Wins – National Road Racer of the Year – Duke Road Race Rankings Winner.
Personal Sponsors 2016: NoticingMe – Maxwell Freight – AP Louden
Glove Sponsors: Tintwise
Visor Sponsor 2016: Angus County Windows & Toals Bookmakers
Web Sponsors 2014 – 16: 2020 Architects – Road Racing News
Commercial Sponsors 2013, 14, 15 & 16: 4SR – Bell Helmets & Daytona
Date of Birth: 23/7/85
Nationality: Northern Irish
Residency: Ballymoney, County Antrim
Weight: 12 stone
Hair: Dark Brown
Hobbies: Football, Golf & Karting
Favorite Food: Italian or steak and chips
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Music: Lionel Ritchie
Favorite Film: Stepbrothers
Favorite Rider: My Dad Robert Dunlop
First race: Aghadowey
First Road Road Race: Athea
Best Race Win: Winning the Supersport 600 race at the 2009 UGP
Favorite Track: Ulster GP
Ambition: Win at the 2016 IOM TT