June 30, 2016, by UoN E-Racing Team
2016 Season Off To A Fantastic Start
The 2016 MotoE Series is off to a flying start for the University of Nottingham Electric Superbike Team. On June 8th, the team came third in the Isle of Man TT Zero Race, achieving a podium finish and being given an award for the Best Team at the TT for 2016.
The team’s rider, Daley Mathison, reached an average lap speed of 99.884mph on the Nottingham electric superbike, UoN-01, a significant gain on 73.156mph achieved last year when the team came sixth.
The team, comprising Dr Miquel Gimeno-Fabra, Dr Marco Degano, PhD student Jonathan Blissett and Professor Pat Wheeler, aims to build on their success of 2015, when they became MotoE Series Champions. Achieving a podium finish at the TT, one of the world’s best known circuits, is a fantastic start to the 2016 season and the team has big plans in place.
Dr Miquel Gimeno-Fabra said: “We were still seen as the underdogs prior to this year’s TT Zero Race, but we have proved our abilities with a podium place. It’s a seriously competitive environment and we’ve achieved fantastic results with only a tenth of the investment of big bike manufacturers racing against us.
“It’s a testament to the hard work and talent of the team coupled with the research expertise we have in this field. We are now race favourites and aim to finish on top of the podium next year.”
The bike is sponsored by MuRata and many others, and 2016 will see the team develop a second bike. Jeremiah Johnson, who rode the University bike in 2014, will be returning to ride alongside Daley.
2016 promises to be an exciting year for the team!
Read our tribute to Daley, who sadly died following a crash while racing for the MADMAX Race Team at the 2019 Isle of Man TT here.