As forecast by certain road racing insiders, the TT Races for a second successive year won’t take place due to ongoing implications from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The news is a huge blow for pure road racing fans worldwide, who had been hoping to venture back to Manx shores in 2021.
Speaking about the decision to call off TT 2021, the Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly stated:
“We do not underestimate the disappointment that this decision will cause to many people. However, we are making an early and logical decision to provide certainty and clarity to race fans and everyone else involved in our event.
The TT relies on thousands of volunteers and officials across a wide range of organisations and we could not move responsibly towards operating to that date and commit to welcoming tens of thousands of people to the Island in June, despite the progress towards a vaccination programme globally and on the Island.”
“We evaluated all possible options including moving the TT to a date later in the year but there are complexities and risks, including scaling up of certain infrastructure and critical delivery elements of the TT,.
As well as existing resident and visitor travel in late August, which would cause further disruption to thousands of people.
We remain hopeful that the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix can take place later in the year and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our Island again.”
Paul Phillips the TT’s Business Development Manager provided additional comment via the TT Races official website:
Paul Phillips, TT Business Development Manager, Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise added:
“Everyone involved with the TT is of course disappointed that the event has been cancelled in 2021, but it’s a decision that has been made as early as possible so that everyone who is impacted can plan accordingly.
I am sorry for all the fans, riders, teams and volunteers who will miss another year on the Island, but we as a team will be working hard to make sure that we come back with an even better event in 2022.
We are very grateful for the continued support and loyalty shown by all our partners, as well as the event’s fans worldwide, which is a testament to the passion that people have for the event.”
Words by Stevie Rial, quotes via the TT Races official website