Same as this year, next year’s 100th Anniversary Manx Grand Prix, will take place over just nine days (20th-28th August).
Organisers have confirmed that competitive action will open on the 20th of August (Sunday), with practice week running up till the 25th August (Friday).
From the 25th-28th August, race action anticipated to feature four-stroke, two-stroke, exotic yesteryear machines takes’ place.
There is also the potential for racing to run on the 29th August, should unforeseen circumstances impact upon the planned race week schedule.
Last month, the new look Manx GP didn’t fail to provide great moments, stellar racing, create new stars like Senior class winner Stephen Smith, Junior class conqueror, Italy’s Francesco Curinga.
Whilst all this was apparent, there was also an underlining feeling of none allurement amongst many involved in the meeting, towards the scaled back event schedule.
Has this been taken into account alongside the views of hoteliers, various business owners, in relation to 2023 dates?
Manx Motorcycle Club Chairman John McBride, stated today via the Manx’s official website, why the meet will not return to a two-week practice/race schedule.
“As promoter of the event, the Manx Motorcycle Club works closely alongside the Race Organisers, ACU Events, the TT Marshals Association and Manx Road Racing Medical Services to create an event format that can be successfully delivered and enjoyed by all.
The Manx Grand Prix is heavily reliant upon the commitment of volunteers and the new format for the Manx Grand Prix ensures all elements can be delivered with the full support of these critical organisations.
Due to visitor travel patterns and work commitments for many local residents, racing can no longer take place across a full two-week period due to shortages across the whole spectrum of volunteers; race officials, medics and marshals.”
Quotes via Manx Grand Prix official website
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
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