Peter Hickman will have some extra-special fans at this year’s Isle of Man TT - rock legends Iron Maiden and the makers of Trooper beer.
Cheshire family brewers Robinsons have announced their first foray into the world of the legendary TT, where they will be sponsoring Lee Hardy Racing and their up-and-coming Lincolnshire rider Hickman in this year’s Supersport category.
Hickman, who was the fastest-ever newcomer in history at the TT 2014 race, will be riding a Trooper-sponsored MV Agusta.
The highly successful Premium British beer is a collaboration between Robinsons and rock legends Iron Maiden.
“As both Peter Hickman and Trooper have immense stand-out qualities they are a perfect fit,” said Trooper brands manager John Robinson.
“We can’t wait to see Peter racing around the famous course on his MV Agusta motorbike, which will be one of the most eye catching this year thanks to Trooper’s instantly recognisable imagery.”
Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden vocalist, real ale enthusiast and one of the driving forces behind the creation of Trooper, commented: “It’s a great pleasure to be involved in such an exciting and iconic event as the TT and we can’t wait to see Peter on his bike tackling the famous course.”
Hickman added: “I’m really excited to be involved with Robinsons and the Trooper brand for this year’s Supersport races at the TT.
“And the link with Iron Maiden is the icing on the cake.
“The bike looks absolutely fantastic and the team have done a great job getting it prepared and ready to race.
“I can’t wait to fly down Bray Hill for the first time on it.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to Jack Valentine of Valmoto for letting us use his bike too.”