SES Named Title Sponsor of 2011 TT Zero Race

April 15, 2011
Courtesy of the Isle of Man TT

Mark Miller on the MotoCzysz TT Zero machine.
2010 TT Zero winner Motoczysz will be returning in 2011 to challange the competition for a second title.

World-leading telecommunications satellite operator SES has agreed a deal with the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development to sponsor the 2011 TT Zero electric motorcycle race, part of the famous TT Races, fueled by Monster Energy.

The Manx based outfit has a global fleet of more than 40 geostationary satellites that can reach 99% of the world’s population. SES satellites are the world’s leading television distribution platform and broadcast the equivalent of more than 100,000 hours of television programming every day. They also provide vital communications services and broadband access to businesses and to government administrations worldwide.

The company will benefit from a series of sponsor benefits including title sponsorship of the TT Zero race as well as becoming the exclusive ‘Satellite Technology’ partner of the TT Races. The company logo will feature on the startline, podium and winner’s enclosure as well as trackside branding and the TT Zero electric race bikes. The company will also have a presence on the official website.

The 2011 TT Zero race will take place on Wednesday 8th June and 2010 Race winners Motoczysz from America will be one of a number of teams that will be aiming to be the first electric motorcycle to achieve the prestigious 100 mph lap around the 37 ¾ mile course. The Isle of Man Government has offered a £10k prize to the first electric team to record the time, and this year has also offered a £5k prize to the first university team.

SES Satellite Leasing Managing Director Mark Guthrie commented:

“As a locally based business we are aware of the importance and impact of the TT Races, both locally and internationally and we are delighted to become an event sponsor. We admire the ground-breaking achievements of the TT Zero teams, and the Isle of Man Government’s success in hosting the event, and believes that the race shares many of our own brand values.”

Hon Allan Bell, MHK, Minister, Department of Economic Development, commented:
“SES is a great example of a successful business that is benefiting from the Isle of Man’s corporate practices and commercial environment. We are delighted to welcome them as the TT Zero sponsor and look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

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