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Lorenzo, Nieto at 2010 Isle of Man TT

IoM TT Lappers

This year fans at the Isle of Man TT will be treated with a parade lap from two of the world’s fastest riders, last year’s MotoGP Championship runner-up Jorge Lorenzo and 13-time World Champion Angel Nieto.

Both Spaniards will ride the TT Mountain Course on Senior Race Day, Friday, June 11. The ride is organized by Lorenzo’s sponsor and the TT’s official safety partner, Dainese. The company also organized last year’s visit from Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha teammate, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo, who finished second behind Rossi in the 2010 MotoGP season opener in Qatar, was the 50cc World Champion in 2006 and 2007. The 22 year old will ride a Yamaha R1 around the circuit.

Jorge Lorenzo said: "It will be a great honor for me, because this is one of the most famous and epic races, it still keeps all the meaning of real motorcycling and pilots who ride here deserve the biggest respect. Further more I will bring my experience in testing the D-air racing in MotoGP, as a Dainese Safety ambassador."

Nieto, who sits in third for all-time Grand Prix wins behind Giacomo Agostini and Rossi, has 13 World Championships from a variety of 50cc and 125cc machines. Nieto raced from 1964 to 1986, winning 90 races.

Angel Nieto said, "It is many years since I’ve been on the Isle of Man and it will be very emotional to be at the TT Races again. It is a very difficult circuit and a unique race – very different from MotoGP – and is for only the most talented riders."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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