The Splitlath Redmond TT convoy will consist of two full size articulated trucks, two smaller trucks as living quarters and at least one general purpose van.
Why all this bling?
Sourcing any of the thousands of parts needed for our Aprilias on the island will be near impossible, so we take all we can. Co-owner John is even taking his own personal RSV4 Factory in case it needs cannabilising.
There are no permanent garages in the paddock as you would see at small circuits. The team needs to be able to set up a base big enough not only to entertain visitors but also service, repair and maintain a pair of race bikes. We have enough flooring packed to hold a ballroom dance final on, and an awning huge enough to hold a Zepplin airship.
There are two huge racks of wheel rims and tyres to store fully made up spare wheels, ready for action. Practice time is severely limited at the TT so if extra preparation and resources mean more time on the circuit then so be it.
Mobility is vital so a couple of road bikes are packed for errands and to allow the media team to get into position around the island in as efficient (and enjoyable) a method as possible.
One of the trailers is a workshop and the other will act as a media centre. We are a fully international team so we have a three-man media crew who can not only produce live coverage but translate it into Wai On Cheung's native Chinese for his fans at home.
To some it appears that so many vehicles is unnecessary, perhaps merely showing off, but this misses the point. It is about being prepared and allowing the maximum result to be achieved from this spectacular event.