Robin Miller |
TT and Roads
Isle of Man Chiefs today confirmed their plans for a ‘new look’ Manx Grand Prix in 2022.
An announcement this morning follows a review undertaken earlier this year by the Manx Motor Cycle Club and the Department for Enterprise working closely with other key stakeholders to deliver the event, including the TT Marshals Association, Manx Road Racing Medical Services and ACU Events Ltd.
The review was designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Manx Grand Prix, which is due to celebrate its centenary in 2023. Factors considered in the review included:
Analysis of delivery costs and benefits for the local economy
The impact the road closures needed to stage the event had on residents and businesses
Security Risk Management
The provision of sufficient muster cover for the duration of the event
Fan, media, and industry relevance, and continued need to attract new fans
The new look for the event will end the use of the Classic TT designation, with a five-race schedule planned with a range of classes for modern and classic machines, all held under the Manx Grand Prix title.
The Manx GP will be more closely aligned with the TT, with senior and junior racing, for Supersport and Supertwin machines respectively, running to similar (but not identical) specifications as seen at the TT, giving riders the opportunity to achieve their goals on the TT course.
The Grand Prix Classic Manx races will build on the island’s reputation for top-level classic motorbike racing, with the world’s top teams and many top-tier TT competitors set to take part.
“Having continuously evolved since its inception in 1923, these latest developments announced today for the Manx Grand Prix mark an exciting new chapter for the celebrated event,” said a statement from MMC.
“Ensuring its long-term sustainability, we have acted to not only address the challenges facing the event, but also to infuse new energy into both the appearance of the event, which we believe will lead us towards a prosperous future that extends long beyond the centenary event in 2023.
The duration of the event will increase from fourteen to nine days in 2022, starting on Sunday August 21 and culminating on Monday August 29 (August public holiday). This reduction will ensure sufficient muster coverage for all qualifying sessions and races, while reducing the overall net cost of the event to the Isle of Man taxpayer and mitigating the impact of road closures on residents and local businesses.
The Manx Grand Prix will also follow the Isle of Man TT races in adopting the new safety management system introduced for racing on the mountain course, which aims to improve safety performance across all areas of the events. .
In a further development, the Manx Motor Cycle Club has also appointed ACU Events Ltd as the race organiser, who have fulfilled the same role at the Isle of Man TT races since 2008.
The Manx Motor Cycle Club will retain ownership of the Manx Grand Prix brand and lead the administrative delivery of the event, while the Department for Enterprise will continue to provide the necessary funding to stage the event, provision of facilities, infrastructure and logistics, in addition to assuming responsibility for the marketing and promotion of the event.
Rob Callister, Policy Member responsible for Tourism and Motorsport, added: “Having played an important role in our visitor economy for almost 100 years, I greatly welcome the developments announced today regarding the Manx Grand Prix.
“This key event contributes £7.1million to the wider Manx economy and, combined with the Isle of Man TT races, accounts for £44million of visitor spending, which could supporting up to 815 jobs in the island economy.
“It was therefore crucial that, together with the Manx Motorcycle Club, we undertook this review to identify ways that can help us ensure the long-term sustainability of the event ahead of its centenary in 2023.
“As the event enters an exciting new phase, together with all major delivery partners, we are committed to ensuring its future success, supporting the Manx Motor Cycle Club and other organizations involved for many years to come. .”
2022 Manx Grand Prix Classes
Manx Senior Grand Prix (for Supersport machines)
Junior Manx Grand Prix (For Supertwin machines)
Lightweight Manx Grand Prix (for GP250cc and Moto 3 machines)
Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix (For Classic machines up to 500cc)
Superbike Classic Manx Grand Prix (for Classic Superbike machines)
2022 Manx Grand Prix Schedule*
Sunday August 21
Afternoon – Qualifying
Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 August
Evening – Qualifications
friday august 26
Morning – Qualifying
friday august 26
Afternoon – Race 1
Saturday August 27
Morning – Race 2
Afternoon – Race 3
monday august 29
Morning – Race 4
Afternoon – Race 5