Ice Valley field six riders for TT 2014

26th March 2014
The Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade team are set for their biggest ever assault on the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with a staggering six-rider line-up for the 2014 event giving them, arguably, the largest presence ever seen in a TT paddock.

Ambitious team owner Paul Shoesmith will again field a truly international squad, with the team comprising himself and fellow English riders Ben Wylie and newcomer Peter Hickman, Hungarian Sandor Bitter and Belgium and French newcomers Laurent Hoffmann and Franck Petricola.

All six riders will contest the Dainese Superbike, RL360⁰ Superstock and Pokerstars Senior races on BMW S1000RR machinery and Shoesmith’s team will field 10 race bikes for the 6 riders spread over 3 categories. That equates to 24 race starts in total with Wylie and Hoffmann also contesting the two Monster Energy Supersport races on YZF-R6 Yamahas. To complete the set, Shoesmith himself and Petricola will line up on a pair of ER6 650cc Kawasaki’s for the three-lap Lightweight TT race.
Wylie, the best newcomer in 2009 is expected to give the team their best chance of top ten results. The Shropshire rider has a best result of seventh on the Mountain Course, which he achieved in the Supersport 2 Race in 2011. He has three top ten results to his name to date along with a near 125mph lap.

Shoesmith has now taken part in 44 races since his debut in 2005 picking up an impressive collection of 31 bronze replicas whilst Bitter makes his return to the island for the first time since 2011.

Newcomer Hickman comes to the team with a wealth of experience from the premier British Superbike Championship with Hoffmann and Petricola completing the line-up, the duo being leading contenders in the International Road Race Championship.

Speaking about the mammoth task he’s undertaken, Poynton’s Shoesmith said;

“I’m led to believe that our effort is the largest road race team in Europe and probably the world! But I have to say that we simply wouldn’t have been able to set up this unique team this year without the help and support from our sponsors Ice Valley, Motorsave Trade Ltd, Morris Lubricants, Pazzo, Speedycom, Bonamicci and GB Racing.”

“We are still actively looking for sponsors as a team like this obviously takes some running. If there are any sponsors looking to get involved with a team at the road races, with the size and stature of our team we have so much to offer by way of return.”

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