Belgian electric motorcycle supremos – Sarolea, has announced the details of the riders that will attempt to improve on the success of the brand’s 2015 Zero TT effort. It’ll be Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison silently pushing off down Bray Hill on June 8th in the one lap dash for electric glory.
It’s the sixth year of the Zero TT, for Sarolea it’ll be the third time of asking. The improvements they made for year two netted them a 106.5mph average lap and a solid fifth place finish in 2015. 2016 will be the first year that Harrison has ridden in the Zero, but with a win under his belt in the lightweight class, as well as a couple of second place finishes, he’s certainly more than up to the job.
“It’s my first time racing the TT Zero and I cannot wait. I’ve been following the team since they raced for the first time in 2014 and I’m itching to get on the bike. The technology is off the scale and this year is going to be flat out”
Harrison’s teammate on the SP7 Sarolea is Lee Johnston. When he’s not busy looking exactly like Conor McGregor, Johnston can be found honing a career as one of the up and coming stars of road racing. Johnston raced in the Zero TT in 2015, finishing on the podium with a 111mph lap and giving Victory Racing their first TT podium. “I’m buzzing to be on-board with Saroléa. I raced last year for a different team and podiumed 3rd, this year the plan is to podium again but faster!”
Johnston and Harrison are on the up, the work that Dean put in on the new for 2015 R1 in last years’ TT shows his tenacity and talent. Johnston’s previous form in the electric race (among others) proves his pedigree. If the SP7 has improved further still on the huge leap it made last year, it’d be fair to expect a podium from the only electric bike we’ve seen yet that has made us want to sell a kidney. Keep up to speed with the team here, see more of the bike here and hopefully we’ll get a chance to chat to the riders and Sarolea owners Torsten and Bjorn Robbens soon.
Check out Troy Corser having a runout round Le Mans on the Sarolea SP7 below.
Words: Johnatsuperbike Images: Sarolea