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Lee Johnston and William Dunlop are set for different type of buzz

By Paul Lindsay

It's all petrol power at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this week, but local riders William Dunlop and Lee Johnston will be swapping high-octane fuel for battery power in a couple of weeks' time when they join up with Victory Motorcycles to race in the SES TT Zero class on the Isle of Man.

It's the first time that the American company have entered a professional motorcycle racing event in Europe or raced an electric motorcycle.

Parker, the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high-performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.

The SES TT Zero Challenge is for electric motorcycles in a one-lap race around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10.

Speaking of the challenge, Dunlop said: "I'm more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man for Victory and it's another chance for a TT win."

Johnston will be riding the second entry for Victory Racing in the SES TT Zero Race and said: "I'm excited to make history by racing the new Victory electric race prototype.

"It's thrilling to be a part of the emerging electric motorcycle movement and I'm very sure that we can do a pretty good job for Victory."

The Victory Racing prototype electric race bike features a dedicated electric racing motor and power cells as well as highly sophisticated electric controls to maximise the top power, power delivery and durability under racing conditions.

Victory engineers have further refined the electronics and chassis for the upcoming race after private test sessions in north America, which Johnston played a part in.


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