Team Traction Control (TTC) is a new and unique race team founded by Keith Flint. The team will be competing in the 2014 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship and the key 2014 Road Races which includes the World Famous Isle of Man TT.

Having been around Motorbike Racing for many years as a fan and a competitor himself, Keith wanted to make the step-up from his own championship winning amateur team, to a fully backed professional race team. The plan was set at the end of 2013 – to launch a new team built on solid foundations with the emphasis on ensuring the right team is in place to deliver a successful team for not only themselves, but importantly for the fans of racing too. This mindset, coupled with a focus on allowing the fans of the sport to get closer than ever through the season to a race team is all part of Keiths DNA – 23 years with one of largest bands on the planet, putting on some of the greatest music shows to have been witnessed cannot be underestimated.

Clearly TTC could not be just another race team, from its incredible stealth camo inspired bikes, through to the focus on the detail and marginal gains off the bike, TTC has a clear objective: Win Races – Battle in the Races – Lead by Example in all that we do.

Starting from scratch to delivering a team in 8 months is no easy project, but after recruiting some of the best in the business and many hours burned we’re proud to say that we’ve done it, the season is here and the dream has become very real.

 

 

The Team

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    Keith Flint

    Team Owner

    Keith Flint

    Team Owner

    Profile

    Winner of the 2012 Clubman Championship himself, Prodigy frontman and motorcycle enthusiast, Keith needs no introduction.  TTC has been his dream realised!

    Q&A

    Name:
    Keith Flint

    Role:
    Team Traction Control Owner.

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    Obviously i am bias and i’ve can’t get enough of our TTC Bikes, plus i gotta say that as the workshop is full of race bikes.

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Mick Doohan
    2) Steve Mercer & James Rispoli

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Can never decide between Jerez / Brands Hatch GP / Oulton Park

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) Mick Doohans World Championship Winning 1997 Honda
    2) Joey Dunlop’s 1985 Rothmans TT Bike
    3) My old Norman Nippy 50cc in the TTC Camo Livery

    What’s the best sounding bike in your opinion:
    Without doubt the old two-stroke 500’s.

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    Paul Bolwell

    Team Principal

    Paul Bolwell

    Team Principal

    Profile

    A Newcomer to the paddock, however Paul comes from a world of Sport as one of the founders of Wiggle.com, he together with Keith created the team and the vision for TTC. Paul is responsible for all the non bike/race related roles, from biscuit selection through to rider contracts, he’s also the man behind the TTC Camo design.

    Q&A

    Role:
    Team Principal

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    Given all the work that’s gone into it – without doubt its the 2014 TTC Race Bike!

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Rossi
    2) Steve Mercer & James Rispoli
    3) Not a Racer, but, Evil Knievil

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Oulton Park, despite my small off there……However in a car, it doesn’t get better than Spa in Belgium.

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) Honda RC30
    2) Kawasaki H2 Triple in Green/Green
    3) Ohhh and a full factory Suzuki Rizla MotoGP bike

    What’s the best sounding bike in your opinion:
    Honda MotoGP bike.

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) The paddock couldn’t cope with another one!

    Best bit of the job:
    Seeing it all come together for race day

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Kat Von D
    2) Megan Fox
    3) Jo Guest (back in the day)

    Worst bit of the job:
    haha….

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) My Family & Friends
    2) Going Fast
    3) Reese Peanut Butter anything

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    James Rispoli

    Racer

    James Rispoli

    Racer

    Profile

    James has been racing motorcycles since the age of six. He started flattrack racing in New Hampshire on a Suzuki JR 50. He raced local flattrack races throughout New England and New York coming up the amateur ranks. James went to his first AMA Amateur Flattrack Grand Championships when he was nine years old and won the Amateur Grand Championship in the modified 60cc class in his first year. With the help of his parents and several early sponsors he continued to climb the amateur ranks winning AMA Amateur Grand Championships in the 80cc, 250cc, 450cc and 505cc classes. James achieved dozens of AMA amateur national flattrack titles along the way.

    In 2008 James received his AMA Pro Flattrack license and AMA Pro Road Racing license. He raced the AMA Pro MotoST Endurance series and is credited as the youngest rider at age 16 to win at the Daytona International Speedway. James continued his AMA Pro Flattrack career achieving second place overall in the AMA Pro Singles series also winning at the Daytona Short Track.

    James continued to hone his road racing skills and find additional sponsorship, in 2011 with the help of the National Guard and Jason Pridmore’s Star School James won the AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship as well as the overall National #1 plate and young gun award. Not yet satisfied with his skill set, James challenged the AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship in 2012 on the Celtic/Orient Express Racing team with support from Michael Jordan Motorsports and became the first two time AMA Pro SuperSport National Champion and the only racer to win both the East and West Coast Championships back to back.

    Along with James two AMA Pro SuperSport National Championships he holds two AMA Bonneville Salt Flat Land Speed Records in the 650 and 750 twin categories. In 2013 James has moved up to AMA Pro SportBike Class, was tied for rookie of the year going into the last race of the season and had his first DNF due to a mechanical, the first in 3 seasons. James rode for Michael Jordan Motorsports and the National Guard/Celtic Racing Team.

    In 2013, James also competed as a wild card entry in the MotoGP world championship in the Moto2 division for team GP Tech using a Tech3 supported Moto2 bike. James was the only American wild card rider in 2013.

    For 2014, James will be riding in the prestigious British Superbike Series in the top 600 Supersport class and will have support of personal sponsor Monster Energy as will the team. He will be riding a 2014 Suzuki GSX-R600 similar to the motorcycles he won (2) back to back AMA Pro National Supersport titles in 2011 and 2012 in America.

    “I am extremely pleased to be part of Team Traction Control and racing in the prestegious British Superbike Series. Many great riders have come through this series and I too am looking forward to my first full season on their historic circuits. I want to thank Keith Flint for believing in me and giving me a chance as the entire team makes their debut this year.”

    Q&A

    Age:
    22

    Years Racing:
    Motorbike Racer

    Proudest moment of your racing career:
    Winning back to back championships.

    Target for the season:
    To be consistent, get points in every race and be a podium runner.

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    Rossi’s Honda NSR 500

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Rossi
    2) Ricky Carmichael
    3) Steve Mercer

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Brands Hatch GP

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) Honda 500 GP Bike
    2) XR 750 Dirt Track
    3) Some cool as f!!k Cafe Racer

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name three other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) Jimmy hendrix (in the day)
    2) Dr Dre
    3) Eminem

    Best bit of the job:
    Doing what i love – everyday

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Emma Watson
    2) Monster Girls
    3) More Monster Girls

    Worst bit of the job:
    Nothing I don’t like – I am a Motorcycle Racer

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) Family
    2) Motorcycle Racing
    3) Mexican food

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    Steve Mercer

    Racer

    Steve Mercer

    Racer

    Profile

    Isle of Mann TT rider,  3rd in the 2013 World Endurance Championships and all-round nice guy, we are delighted to have Steve racing for the team this year. He can usually be found somewhere near the tea-urn, mug in hand, dispensing his own particular style of race-based rhyming slang.

    Q&A

    Age:
    32

    Role:
    Motorcycle Racer

    Proudest moment of your racing career:
    3rd in World Endurance Championship

    Target for the season:
    To do a 130mph lap round the Isle of Man TT

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    Yamaha R7

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Rossi
    2) McGuiness
    3) James Rispoli

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:   
    The Isle of Man TT

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) Yamaha  R7
    2) Honda SP 1
    3) Honda NSR 250

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) Jaguar Skills  - but i don’t really do music!

    Best bit of the job:    
    Winning

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Holly Whilloughby
    2) Rhianna
    3) Threes two many for me!

    Worst bit of the job:
    Crashing

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) My little boy
    2) My wife
    3) My bike

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    Grant Bunting

    Team Manager

    Grant Bunting

    Team Manager

    Q&A

    Role:
    I do all the bits that Paul can’t do as well as ensure the smooth operation of team, to get the best from my riders and the bikes.

    Best Looking Race Bikes of all Time:
    1) Honda NSR500 1990 Rothmans Honda
    2) Honda RVF750 1992 I.O.M bike

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Barry Sheene
    2) Luca Cadalora
    3) Joey Dunlop

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Ouilton Park

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) RC30
    2) NSR500
    3) Suzuki RG500 GP bike

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name two other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) Elvis
    2) Jim Morrison

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Keith Flint
    2) Pamela Anderson (20 years ago)
    3) Mike Hailwood

    Worst bit of the job:
    Packing up after the meeting

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) Phone
    2) Torque Wrench
    3) My children

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  • 2014 BSB, BSB R06, Thruxton, UK.

    Simon Green

    Chief Engineer

    Simon Green

    Chief Engineer

    Profile

    Simon Green has been involved with motorcycle racing for over 23 years. Starting as a rider at club level whilst working for a motorcycle shop as a mechanic, Simon rapidly progressed to full time race technician, soon moving to a factory WSBK team. Crew Chief duties followed and for the last 10 years Simon has worked in the top BSB teams, taking 3 British titles. This season Simon will be ensuring James is running at the front of the pack with the very best equipment.

    Q&A

    Role:
    Provide James with the very best competitive package available at the time. Keep riders happy + fast.

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    Doohan Repsol Honda NSR 500

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Ross
    2) Skyes
    3) Whitham

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Oulton Park

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) R7 Yamaha
    2) R5 250 Honda GP Bike
    3) K4 1000 Suzuki

    What’s the best sounding bike in your opinion:
    Screamer NSR 500 Honda

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name three other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) Josh Homme
    2) Kyle Minoque
    3) Elvis

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Steve McQueen
    2) Kelly Brooke
    3) Valentino Rossi

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) Guinness
    2) Wins
    3) Wife + Kids

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  • 2014 BSB, BSB R06, Thruxton, UK.

    William Burrow

    Tyre Technician / Chassis Mechanic

    William Burrow

    Tyre Technician / Chassis Mechanic

    Q&A

    Role:
    Preparing the bikes for each session, as well as the crucial task of making sure we have the tyres for anything the weekend throws at us.

    Best Looking Race Bike of all Time:
    1) Lucky Strike RGV500

    Three Favourite Racers of all Time:
    1) Rossi
    2) Foggy
    3) Most of the riders in the 500′s era

    Best Circuit on the Calendar:
    Ouilton Park

    Three Bikes you would most like to own:
    1) R7
    2) Foggy 916 SPS
    3) RC30

    Obviously the team has a unique owner, name three other musicians you’d like to see in the paddock:
    1) Corey Taylor
    2) Eminem
    3) Slash

    Which three people would you most like to see holding the brollies on the grid (Male or Female):
    1) Cameron Diaz
    2) Charlize Theron
    3) Keith Lemon

    Best bit of the job:
    The buzz as the bikes go off at the start of the race.

    Worst bit of the job:
    Packing up after the race weekend

    What three things could you not cope without:
    1) Family
    2) Fry Up’s
    3) My phone.

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    Darren Maisey

    Engineer