Team Orthrus triumph at the Isle of Man


This year has seen UWTSD’s Team Orthrus return to the Isle of Man for the Southern 100 and then on to complete the team wide ambition and the University’s motorcycle race team rider Sam Mousley’s dream of racing the famous Mountain course at the Manx GP!

Six members of Team Orthrus raise their fists and cheer next to their trophies.

Sam has already undertaken over 100 laps of the course in person, watched countless on-boards, and played the game in an effort to memorise every piece of the 37.75 mile road circuit.

Sam achieved a Second Place in the newcomers race, with the fastest lap and a 19th in the Senior race with an average lap of 116mph. A huge achievement! Well done all!!

Dr Owen Williams, Director of Motorcycle Engineering at UWTSD said: "The achievement of the UWTSD Orthrus Racing team this year has been nothing short of incredible! To achieve a 2nd place in the newcomers race and to take the fastest lap, with such a limited budget and an old Yamaha R6 with a standard engine, is both testament to the hard work that they have all put in as a team, and the undeniable raw talent of Sam Mousley. Both Sam and Jordan on the team graduated this year from the Motorcycle Engineering degree programme and have both secured employment at McLaren. The relationship continues however and we will be working closely together over the coming year with a new group of students joining the team, with the aim of going back to the Isle of Man with Sam for even better results in the ManxGP 2020."

Sam Mousley said: "Well what a debut year at the Manx Grand Prix that was! I'm only just coming back to reality now and it seems a little bit more bland than it did before the Manx. It's been my dream ever since I started riding bikes, and to come away with a 2nd place in the Newcomers, a 19th place in the Senior race and an average lap speed of 116mph is just a bit surreal.”

A man on a motorbike.

Orthrus Racing is a team of engineering students currently studying Motorcycle & Motorsport Engineering at their new home in IQ.

UWTSD’s Jordan Ballantyne said: "We came together over three years ago to build, develop and race motorcycles with an aim to apply what we learn throughout our degree to the track, since then the team gone from strength to strength and has achieved numerous race wins and podium finishes. We are one of the very few fully student led motorcycle race teams in Europe and the only one which employs student riders. The team’s two riders focus on separate disciplines of racing with Matthew Powell competing in the Thundersport GB Pre-National 600 championship, while Samuel Mousley is solely focused on road racing events throughout the UK Ireland & the Isle of Man.”

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Two motorbikes leave the ground in parallel.

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