Thailand’s fast-growing premium exhaust and air filter specialist, Devil Evolution, is set to take on the ultimate test of its engineering excellence, following the announcement that 15 times Isle of Man TT winner, Michael Dunlop, will be riding the Supersport PTR Honda CBR 600RR in the 2018 road racing season. As well as the TT, Dunlop will be looking for more wins at the Ulster Grand Prix and the North West 200.
It marks a return to Simon Buckmaster’s PTR for the 28 year-old rider from Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. In 2013 he won both Supersport TTs and set the current lap record for the 600cc class of 128.666 mph (207.067km/h) for the 37.4 mile (60.2 kilometre) Mountain Course. Dunlop took another victory at the North West 200 in the same season.
Devil Evolution has a close relationship with PTR Honda, already supplying exhaust systems for its World Supersport team, which is preparing for the first round of the World Superbike Championships at Phillip Island at the end of February with riders, Niki Tuuli and Andrew Irwin.
Devil Evolution Chief Executive, Nitipat Panichsakul, commented, “This is fantastic news and builds on the amazing success we are having in racing, especially with PTR. It means that this year we have the real possibility of Devil Exhausts being on winning bikes in international road races as well World Supersport, where we have already established leadership. We will also feature again in Moto3, British Superbikes, Australian Superbikes and are now the official supplier to California Superbike School, which uses the BMW S1000RR.
“For more than 100 years the Isle of Man TT has been regarded as the ultimate test of man and machine by motorcycle and parts manufacturers and I can’t wait to see Devil Exhaust performing in this showcase. We know that Simon Buckmaster and the team will bring a winning bike to the start line and everyone in our company is excited to be part of this new adventure.”
Devil Evolution was established 52 years ago in France and passed into Thai ownership five years ago. The company is certainly living up to its ‘faster than yesterday’ promise: in the last week it also signed deals to expand into China and Korea.