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.”
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