Isle of Man Government press release:
After extensive consultation with representatives of the main operational groups, the Isle of Man government has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix. The races were to take place from Sunday August 22 to Friday September 3.
Laurence Skelly, Minister of the Enterprise Department of the Isle of Man Government confirmed the decision today, saying:
“Despite the indisputable progress made by the Isle of Man and the UK in rolling out its vaccination program, the central issue of the availability of a sufficient number of marshals, doctors and other race officials to running the event safely and efficiently remains. Once again, we are making an early, but regrettable decision to bring clarity and certainty to race officials, fans and sponsors, as well as teams and officials. competitors.
“We must also prioritize the health and well-being of island residents, and the sustainability of our own health service, by managing our island’s border protocols, allowing health professionals to both on the island and to those who come to support the event, instead, be able to focus on the current medical challenges presented by the global pandemic. “
“Our focus and resources will now be focused on the successful return of racing to the mountain course for the 2022 TT races, classic TT races and the Manx Grand Prix and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our island when it is safe and convenient to return. “
Peter Maddocks, President of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, commented:
“It is without a doubt a huge disappointment for everyone associated with racing and we really feel for all racing fans and competitors, but the Department clearly had no choice but to cancel this again. year after reviewing the situation and the Club maintains that decision. “
“The operational and logistical challenges caused by the pandemic have not yet subsided and we need to be realistic about whether we can confidently guarantee the availability of the key personnel and officials needed to organize the races. The event requires a huge commitment on the part of the marshals and medical representatives, many of whom are volunteers, and it is a commitment that many of them may not have been able to make this year.
While the cancellation will result in immediate postponements and cancellations by tourists, it is hoped that through a combination of staycation, air lifts and the gradual reopening of borders in accordance with the recently released Exit Framework, the economy of visitors will begin this year its recovery. and, over time, bring back missed leisure visitors to the island.
The sector has received financial support throughout the pandemic and remains under review. The Department reaffirmed its general commitment to ensure that support remains available where businesses and jobs are at risk due to Covid-19 and associated border restrictions.
Edited to add a comment from Paul Phillips, Director of TT Business Development:
“Obviously this is another disappointing announcement that we have to make, but as with the cancellation of the 2021 TT races, it was important that a quick decision be made to give clarity and certainty to the thousands. visitors and individuals coming together for the Classic TT. ”
“A two-year hiatus from racing on the island is not what anyone would have wanted, but our motorsport team have worked hard to make sure the TT and Classic TT come back stronger. than ever in 2022 and we look forward to sharing some of these developments in the weeks and months to come.