William Dunlop and Lee Johnston in TT Zero Victory bid

Lee Johnston
Lee Johnston

Northern Ireland’s William Dunlop and Lee Johnston will compete in the TT Zero race on the Mountain Course this year for US manufacturer Victory Motorcycles.

It will be the first time that Victory Racing has entered the electric race and also marks the manufacturer’s maiden appearance in a professional motorcycle race in Europe.

The race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for Dunlop and Johnston’s machines will be provided by Parker, the world’s ‘leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems’.

Dunlop, currently in action this week at the North West 200 with the Tyco BMW team, said of his TT Zero race debut: “I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man. Electric bikes have a lot of advantages and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.”

Rod Krois, General Manager of Victory Motorcycles, said the manufacturer was ‘excited’ ahead of its historic appearance at the TT.

“The entire Victory team is excited to make history with this effort,” said Krois.

“We know that William Dunlop’s experience and the continued Victory Motorcycles development of this electric race bike through work with Parker will propel us into a strong future with electric motorcycles.”

The SES TT Zero Challenge event is a one-lap race around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.

John McGuinness claimed his 21st victory at the TT in the Zero race last year, beating his Mugen team-mate Bruce Anstey. Both riders will again compete on Japanese machines this summer.

Fermanagh man Johnston, who tasted success for on Mountain Course for the first time last year after winning the 350cc Classic TT, added: “I’m excited to make history by racing the new Victory electric race prototype.

“It’s thrilling to be part of the emerging electric motorcycle movement.”