The Manx Motor Cycle Club and the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development have set out proposals for three new Classic TT races to form part of next year’s Manx Grand Prix Festival.
The traditional middle weekend and August bank holiday will see three classic TT races for the 500cc and 350cc classes plus a third race with Formula 1 and Formula 2 machines racing concurrently. The plans would open the possibility for a new generation of motorcycles to join the festival such as the Honda RC30, Kawasaki ZXR 750, Yamaha OW01, Suzuki GSX-R 750 and Ducati 888.
Each race will also include sub-classes for riders with GP or Clubman status and the various specifications of motorcycle allowing competitors of all abilities and levels of experience to take part. There will only be one podium per race but qualifying times and the awarding of replicas will be determined within each sub-class.
Colin Kniveton, Chief Executive of the Department of Economic Development, is delighted by the reception these plans have received and expects to release further details soon.
“We have had a remarkable response to the idea of a Classic TT from the international classic motorcycle movement, which confirms our research that our motorsport heritage is unrivalled anywhere in the world. We have spoken to people from all corners of the globe including existing and potential competitors, machine owners, parade participants and race fans and all are keen to be a part of this new event.”
“We have also had a very encouraging response to our plans for the race regulations from existing MGP classic competitors and machine owners, teams and riders who have competed at the MGP in the past who are keen to return and also potential new participants.”
“We now have a huge amount of work to do to develop our plans alongside our key stakeholders including the Manx Motor Cycle Club, the TT Marshals Association, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club and our commercial partners. We intend to release the regulations for the event by the end of September to allow people the maximum possible time to prepare for the inaugural event. We then plan to release details of some of the riders and machines expected to compete along with further details of the supporting festival events, ticket options and travel packages at the Motorcycle Live event at the Birmingham NEC in November.”