Mercer Confirms 2014 Isle Of Man Campaign
ISLE OF MAN – Prodigy frontman Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control has confirmed that Kent rider Steve Mercer will ride for the team at the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
The Maidstone based racer, who finished 12th in the 2013 Dainese Superbike Race, has a fastest ever lap on the Mountain Course of 126.323mph (17:55.24), which he set in the 2012 Superbike Race. He achieved his highest placed TT finish – eighth – in this year’s Royal London 360 Superstock TT Race.
“Although it’s a fledgling outfit they have an experienced crew with the likes of Grant Bunting who worked with Shaun Muir’s team last year and we’ve already got some races under our belts,” Mercer said.
The 31-year-old first competed on the Mountain Course in 2009 where he won the coveted Best Newcomers Trophy and also raced at this year’s inaugural Classic TT when he retired on the fourth lap of the Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 Race, having featured in the top three.
Mercer will race in the Dainese Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT aboard the team’s TAS Racing supported Superbike and Superstock machines as well as riding a Suzuki GSX-R 600 in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races, which will be the first time that Mercer has raced in the class at the TT.
He will also compete for Team Traction Control in the North-West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix as well as selected Superstock rounds at BSB.
“After racing myself for several years I know what’s needed to compete on two wheels but I think taking on the mountain course is something I couldn’t dream of doing myself,” said Team Principal Keith Flint. “I believe it’s one of the biggest motorcycle races the world has to offer and I’ll put the best team out there possible. Doing the TT is not just something I want to cross off my bucket list. We are going there to do a job with a very capable rider using some top notch bikes and I can’t wait.”