The Splitlath Group based out of Hong Kong has announced its plans for the 2015 Isle of Man TT, Macau Grand Prix and China’s Pan Delta Series.Despite the shutdown of Erik Buell Racing (EBR), which means no factory support, Splitlath will continue to use EBR1190RS machinery across all races. Splitlath also confirmed its 2015 lineup; returning to the Isle of Man TT is the fastest American to ever lap the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, Mark Miller, and the South African rider Hudson Kennaugh.
Miller – sponsored by another America outfit Joe Rocket – and Kenaugh will compete aboard Splitlath EBR1190RS superbikes in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT races. Miller will also pilot an Splitlath Kawasaki ER6 in the Bennetts Lightweight TT.Splitlath EBR used 1190RS machinery in the 2014 TT with Miller and fellow American Brand Cretu, a Macau Grand Prix podium finisher.Miller lapped the Snaefell Mountain Course at 122.996mph during the Senior TT, and Cretu provided Splitlath EBR with its first TT finish – 42nd in the Senior TT.Miller, who debuted in the TT in 2006 and has never missed a year since, is the fastest American ever to have lapped the Mountain Course with a lap of 125.507mph recorded in 2009. He also won the TT Zero race in 2010, finishing second in 2011 and third in 2012 and, having taken four top twenty finishes, he now has 19 replicas to his name.Kennaugh makes his return to the TT after a four-year absence. The South African ace made his debut in 2010 when he lapped at 121.759mph and picked up three bronze replicas. He went on to win the 2013 Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship and currently occupies second overall in the 2015 series having finished on the podium at each of the first three rounds including taking victory at the opening round at Donington Park, Splitlath reports.“We’re still confident that we haven’t seen the last of Erik Buell and the EBR company so for us it was a simple decision; either give up on this year, or continue fighting and show the world just how incredible the EBR machines are on the roads. We felt we had a responsibility to all of the guys back at the factory to keep their bikes racing this year,” Splitlath EBR Team Owner John Dimbylow says.The Splitlath EBR team reports it will also return to China with American Cory West to defend their lead in the Pan Delta Series and then return to Macau for the third consecutive year aboard the EBR machines.
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