Nitron MC Coatings Give Mistral Racing the Edge
When it comes to racing motorbikes, there is not much Ian Harrison doesn’t know or has not done. “Hammered” was his verdict on gears removed from one of the Mistral Classic Racing team’s bikes as he showed them to our very own Brett Nicholson. Ian added with enthusiasm, “they are still in fantastic condition though!”
The gears had benefited from Wallwork Cambridge’s in-house developed Nitron MC (WC/C) coating. Racing motorbike gears are subjected to tremendous forces as the racer constantly powers through the gears to achieve maximum acceleration. The coating excels in this kind of application where there is high adhesive wear, surface fatigue and the potential for seizure.
Mistral specialise in taking standard production road bikes and stripping them down, rebuilding them to be compliant with World Superbike rules, finding top riders (they usually seek out Mistral!) such as Jamie Coward, and racing at events including the Isle of Man Classic TT.
Before forming Mistral Racing in 2012, Ian had been racing bikes himself since 1979, thriving on the high adrenalin thrill of speed and danger. Finally, injury, made him step back from riding to produce some of the finest race bikes built to WSB standards. See the video: Mistral Racing Insight
Ian has always been more than a rider and race team owner. He is a supreme engineer, serving his apprenticeship in aerospace working on the Tornado and Typhoon (Eurofighter) aircraft – everything from ejector seats through mock-up cockpits to inflight refuelling rigs. It was this background that spared him on to combine his passion of motorbike racing with his engineering knowhow. His experience is now sought out by nearly every other team on grid – showing what a close fraternity the motorcycle racing community remains.
As a racer, Ian had first-hand experience of the limitations of gears when subject to punishing forces and stresses. As an engineer, he knew there had to be new technologies available that would help gears last longer and perform better. This led him to Wallwork and Nitron MC.