2014 Isle of Man TT
Spitlath Motorsports out of Britain will feature an all-American lineup at 2014 Isle of Man TT, which includes Mark Miller and Brandon Cretu. And both riders will compete aboard Erik Buell Racing 1190RS super bikes.
This will be the first time EBR machines have competed at the IOM TT. But there riders are not strangers to EBR machinery; Miller and Cretu piloted 1190RS super bikes at the 2013 Macau Grand Prix, finishing 11th and 20th, respectively.
The team reports the Macau finishes represented a significant improvement for both riders in finishing positions and lap times compared to recent years, which proved the bikes pedigree to Splitlath Motorsports team owner, John Dimbylow.
Both Splitlath riders will race the Rotax-powered, V-twin, EBR1190RS in the Dainese Superbike, RL 360 Superstock, and PokerStars Senior TT races.
The confidence inspiring chassis and high corner speed of the EBR’s has the team aiming for good results and the riders shooting for personal bests. The team is also doubly excited to be promoting a brand new bike to the fans at the TT races, the team reports.
As for Miller, this will be his fourth-consecutive year with Splitlath at the IOM TT. He has competed in the TT since 2006, and holds the fastest lap of any American at the famed Moountain Course – 125.507 mph. Miller has also won the 2010 TT Zero Race.
Cretu has recorded a fastest lap of 117.8mph around the TT course, which he achieved last year and is looking to significantly improve on that time in 2014.
Mark Miller says “At the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix last November the EBR Superbike had extremely high entrance and corner speeds due to its single front brake rotor scheme and an unusually low center of gravity from the mass of the petrol actually being wrapped around the engine inside a hollow frame.
“The EBR steers on a dime, it’s really unique and fun to ride fast, and historically it’s superior handling that wins motorcycle races. I think the 1190RS will work very well around the fast flowing TT circuit. I’m super excited to get another rare opportunity alongside my Splitlath family to ride Erik Buell’s little brainchild, this time at the Isle of Man TT races.”
John Dimbylow, Team Owner, Splitlath Motorsport says ”We are all tremendously excited and proud to be running Erik’s bikes at the TT this year. This will be the first time a US manufacturer has competed here adding to our successful debut at the Macau GP in 2013.
“Running any motorbike at the TT is hard, it shows up all sorts of things on the bikes that you just don’t expect as no other race poses similar challenges, so running a completely new bike when no one else has is incredibly difficult, but people love Erik’s bikes, his engineering brilliance, and his ability to “dare to be different. We are looking forward to solid performances from our US Riders and a foundation with which to build upon in subsequent campaigns.”