ISLE OF MAN – RC Express Racing officials have announced that double Isle of Man TT Race winner Ivan Lintin will again lead their assault on the Isle of Man TT Races and alongside new teammate Steve Mercer.
The team, owned by Ben and Roy Constable, will again campaign Kawasaki machinery in all classes.
Having won the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race the past two seasons, Lintin will attempt to take an unprecedented three-straight victories in the class around the Mountain Course.
Lintin not only defended his crown in the Lightweight category, he also secured a 10th-place finish in the blue ribbon PokerStars Senior TT race, with a personal best lap of 127.948 mph.
Mercer, meanwhile, joins the Bristol-based team after substituting for the injured Lintin at the Ulster Grand Prix as he recovered from injuries sustained in an incident at Oliver’s Mount. The Kent based racer demonstrated his adaptability on Kawasaki machinery securing eighth and ninth in the two Superbike races.
“The confidence that I have in the RC Express Supertwin and the overall performance of the bike and team, has shown with our dominance this season,” said Lintin. “Defending the title at the TT this year did carry some pressure, but having achieved that win which was so important for everyone, I feel confident that next season will actually be somewhat easier. I am continually improving with the bike, strengthening my performance as a rider and I can only see us building upon our success in 2017 and more specifically dominating on the Supertwin.”
“It was disappointing that I couldn’t go for the treble at the Ulster Grand Prix but unfortunately the recovery to my injured finger was just not complete. We’ll certainly be aiming to put that one right next year. I’m continuing to improve on the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike and with a new personal best lap around the Mountain Course in 2016, I feel even more confident of moving towards a 130 mph lap and becoming a regular top ten finisher in races like the Senior. This will be my third year with the team and that consistency will be a major benefit. We’re certainly growing as a collective unit and there are some significant plans for the future so it’s certainly a great time to be part of RC Express Racing.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the RC Express Racing team for 2017,” Mercer said. “Having stood in at the last minute for Ivan at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix, it was great working with Ben and Roy and, more significantly, having someone with the experience of Danny (Horne) alongside me during the event. There was an immediate connection with the entire team and with so much energy surrounding the operation, it made me feel very relaxed riding the bike, which showed with my results and lap times, including a personal best lap around Dundrod.
“We struck up a conversation at the recent Macau Grand Prix and soon agreed a deal and it’s a great opportunity for 2017 to build myself as a rider with an aspirational, successful and growing team. Ben and Roy have some big plans for the future and now have a new Sporting Chairman, Ian Ayre, involved with the team, which is exciting. I was fortunate enough to meet Ian and spend some time with him at the Ulster GP and if I can be part of this future growth and some of the plans that have been proposed, it makes this one of the most appealing periods of my racing career.”