Viewpoint: I’m Circumspect But Will Embrace Live TT Coverage

Viewpoint: I’m Circumspect But Will Embrace Live TT Coverage

Pretty much every leading form of motorsport worldwide enjoys live coverage and there’s no doubt that this is an element that the TT needs to embrace for future times.

Announced officially during the TT Switch-On show, we learned that live coverage of the world’s most famous road race will be available via a brand-new TT digital channel and that fans worldwide will be able to access the coverage by purchasing next year a TT Live pass.

From my own point of view, I forecasted previously that the TT would go live. Now I’m not like The Simpsons in been top class in predicting world events! But I know when putting the facts together road racing wise what’s possible.

The break of two years between hosting the world’s most famous road race due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has allowed event organisers to re-evaluate what’s needed to make the TT Races bigger, better and even more prosperous.

Whilst I am circumspect like many with regards live coverage and the factors that this will entail, I do believe that on the whole this is a positive moment for the TT.

Described by TT Fan Park host Chris Pritchard as a “Game Changer”, live coverage adds what various racing insiders feel has been the missing ingredient to drive up the already worldwide popularity of the event.

The live feed may for instance pump up the interest for instance in America, where the TT whilst widely known about isn’t a household name alongside the Indy 500, Daytona 500, 12 Hours of Sebring.

Interesting, exciting times ahead, I do hope though that pure road racing’s most prized event doesn’t forget it’s roots, it’s not Formula 1, it’s not Moto GP, it’s not British Superbikes, it’s the TT Races.

Hopefully the planned live coverage for 2022 gets this across and showcases what makes the meeting so special, so loved for millions across Planet Earth.

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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