METZELER SET TO CONCLUDE SUMMER OF ROAD RACING AT THE WORLD’S FASTEST ROAD RACE- THE ULSTER GRAND PRIX

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Gary Johnson (Lincs Lifting Ltd) on his way to second place in the Isle of Man TT Superstock race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 3/6/2013: Gary Johnson (Lincs Lifting Ltd) on his way to second place in the Isle of Man TT Superstock race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN

Launch - Johnson, Harrison, Worland, Noel Johnston (Clerk of Course) Following on from victories at the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races, Metzeler will conclude their spectacular 150th Anniversary year as title sponsors of the World’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix.

While entries for the August 17th event are yet to close, the Metzeler backed races are set for a competitive line up as some of the leading names in road racing head to the 7.4 mile road circuit that witnesses riders lap the course at average speeds of over 133mph.

Leading the way will be top Metzeler supported rider’s including last year’s ‘Superbike’ winner Guy Martin on his Tyco Suzuki, TT star Gary Johnson on the Lincs Lifting Kawasaki and Dean Harrison on the MSS prepared RC Express Kawasakis. Competition will be tough though as this year’s most successful TT rider Michael Dunlop will be racing alongside his brother William and fast Antipodeans Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.

During yesterday’s launch event, Gary Johnson explained the significance of the Metzeler Ulster GP,“Everyone will be trying to get that last big win of the season so it’s hard to predict how it’ll go but I’m happy with my bikes and the tyres were spot on at the TT so I am totally ready for it. I’m looking forward to it, the mass start is fantastic and the circuit is so smooth and flowing. It’s a real rider’s circuit.”

Metzeler UK Marketing Manager Jim Worland commented; We’re delighted to begin our three year partnership with the Ulster Grand Prix and to be associated with the World’s fastest road race.

“For us, the appeal is the fact that it’s a down to earth, pure road race, attracting the best road racers in the world – there’s nothing else quite like it. It’s an event that really tests the tyres to the maximum, so it’s a fantastic showcase for us and part of our development programme.

“The ‘Ulster’ already has a massive fan base and Metzeler will be working hard in partnership with the event to raise its profile with bike fans around the globe through it’s international #roadtolegend initiative.,” he added.

More information regarding the entire range of Metzeler racing and road tyres visit www.metzeler.co.uk and www.facebook.com/MetzelerUK

Bike Week 2013 will run between 12th – 17th August in Dundrod, Co. Antrim. The main events are the Topaz Dundrod 150 racing on Thursday 15th August and the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix racing on Saturday 17th August.

For more details on the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, visit www.ulstergrandprix.net

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