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IOMTT - interesting read
Interesting read. Not sure about the politics behind the scenes although the island running their own event would seem to be best for everyone on the face of it. If they want an event that is secure for years to come then improving safety and media appeal can only be a positive. The main thing will be keeping happy a majority of people on the island in favour of the event continuing for the long term.
One thing that I do agree with in that blog was the fact that the whole future of the TT could be thrown into question if support is lost among the majority of islanders who currently favour an annual TT, the media, and the wider public fan base due to high profile fatalities. It's always been accepted that the TT comes with a high amount of risk but too many deaths or a high profile rider losing his life would bring about fresh debate over the future of the races.
It would seem that the solution is to make the TT 'safer'. But does that risk taking away the essence of what makes the IOM so special and unique? Probably.We all love the TT and much of the appeal is the speed, the danger, the bravery of the riders. It's what sets it apart from short circuit racing IMO and I hope it can continue in its current format.
There's a difficult balance to find between staying true to the TT and what it's all about, whilst maintaining support for the event from those outside the sport. When a rider loses his life, the riders past and present (and even the families) all say "He knew the risks but he did it because he loved it". That's good enough for me.
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BOTM Winner 03/15
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