Former World SBK Pilot Alessandro Polita to Isle of Man TT
Alessandro Polita – a former World Superbike competitor and two-time Italian Superbike Champion – will make his debut in 2016 at the infamous Isle of Man TT.Polita will pilot a BMW S1000RR prepared by former TT competitor Roberto Antonellini, and will compete in all three liter-bike races – the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and the PokerStars Senior TT.
The 31-year-old Italian began earning a name for himself during the 2005 European Superstock 1000cc Championship, where he finished fourth. The following year, he took the title with Team Celani Suzuki, earning three wins and eight podiums. This allowed him to rob the title from Claudio Corti and Luca Scassa.In 2007, he joined the World Superbike Championship, but wasn’t too successful aboard the GSX-R1000 K6. He returned in 2008 to the Superstock 1000 Championship, finishing third. Polita then competed in World Supersport before moving to the Italian Superbike Championship, piloting a Barni Racing Ducati 1098R; he won the 2010 title one round early. He also continued some wild card entries in World Superbike, and now is contesting the ultimate race at the Isle of Man.Polita recently spent some time on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, getting some mental prep in before this year’s races.“Returning from a weekend to the Isle of Man, I’ve had the chance to reflect on my first steps that will lead me to one of the most important international motorcycling events for my career. Taking in the Island, studying the course supervised by the hugely knowledgeable Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle, I understand the great honor that I have in being part of this great road racers family,” Polita says.“We studied every centimeter of the Island, and I am committed to fully live this adventure, as I always I said, without any ambitions or targets, but with only the need to find and experience again those feelings and emotions that only those who live in the motorcycling world can feel racing a motorcycle.”
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
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Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.