Various riders, teams have taken to social media today to issue their reactions to yesterday’s announcement that TT 2020 has been cancelled.
For me when reading the majority of those involved in International road racing’s comments, the word that emerges in my mind is philosophical.
Riders, teams, marshals know what the situation is worldwide with regards the Coronavirus and the health and well being of the wider public is top, top priority.
Speaking via Instagram, Rich Energy OMG Racing’s David Johnson stated:
“The crappy news it out. No TT2020.. Absolute s**t situation for us all. Thinking of the people who are majorly effected by it.
My plan is to head over to UK as soon as possible and do what I can for my amazing OMG Racing UK family who are sticking by me. Hopefully I’ll be racing somewhere soon.”
Reigning TT Privateers Champion Jamie Coward stated via Twitter:
“Like riders and teams have stated in post about Coronavirus. It’s shame for everyone but end off the day we have to look at the bigger picture in this situation.
Hopefully we can spin some laps on PreZ Racing & KTS Racing bikes this year if not there always 2021.”
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Wigan’s Josh Daley one of the Mountain Course’s youngest exponents, also issued comment via Twitter:
“2020 Isle Of Man TT races cancelled, gutted we won’t be doing this this year Weary face not an easy decision but it’s the right thing to do with everything that’s going on.”
A candid reaction from a team’s perspective was provided by TT stalwarts TC Racing, who issued the following words via Facebook:
“Well everyone now knows the sad news that TT 2020 is no more. As a team we are extremely sad but we are still in a position of hope that we will get to turn a wheel before the end of summer.
As we are an island based team,we know the implications that the cancellation will have on our local community and businesses. We are so lucky to be backed by friends who run their own companies over here who fully support the TT and every event we participate in.
It’s at times like this we need to support our local shops, restaurants, farmers and anyone that relies on the income the TT brings with it.
Whatever happens we are ready to go, we have riders lined up and the bikes are ready.
The saddest part for us is that we won’t get to see our true friends that visit during the races. We will probably miss them more than the racing (it’s a close call tho! 😀)
Please stay safe everyone, don’t panic buy and keep an eye out for the older folk in your area. See you all soon!”
In tough times like this, it’s when we as the pure road racing community show how resilient we are.
Yes there’s no racing, yes there’s no lap records, no race records but let’s keep positive and remember situations don’t last forever and there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
The TT Races hopefully will return in 2021 bigger, more prominent, prestigious and captivating as ever.
Words by Stevie Rial