Dainese has announced the renewal of their partnership as the Official Safety Partner for the 2009 Isle of Man TT. Like last year, the partnership will include the first race of the Superbike TT to be renamed “The Isle of Man Dainese Superbike Race”.
The Isle of Man has long been regarded as one of the premiere races in motorcycling, as well as one of the most dangerous. Riders like Joey Dunlop have helped cement the iconic status of the time trial, while his death has also reinforced how dangerous the race still is. The TT races are extremely dangerous because of the high speeds on very narrow, twisting streets, roads and lanes flanked by stone walls and even buildings. Between 1907 and 2007 there have been 225 deaths during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.
Announcing the renewing of the partnership, Lino Dainese, founder and current president of the company, spoke saying:
“It was an honor and a pleasure to attend the Tourist Trophy in 2008 and visit the Isle of Man, together with Giacomo Agostini, Carl Fogarty and Mark Lucchinelli – commented Dainese – sponsorship of last year was part of events in At the 35th anniversary of the company, a really important moment for us all. Our commitment as Official Safety Partner has been to offer our experience to help improve safety in the race and we are proud to continue the partnership this year.”
Last year Dainese sponsored the English rider Guy Martin, who helped collect data to develop the road version of the D-air, the race leather air bag system.