Hopefully this year will see the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – that ‘hopefully’ refers to the unknown impact that Covid-19 will have on either systems’ release. But let’s stay positive and rephrase that…
This year will see the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. So in the war of Sony v Microsoft who will win in the PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X battle?
Regardless of whether you are just a gamer, a console gamer, a Sony fanboy or a MS fanboy the specs look pretty exciting…
Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races & Silicone Post TT Road Races are very conscious of the unprecedented situation regarding the COVID 19 outbreak and are fully behind the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK’s decision to cancel the 2020 TT Races and the races that traditionally open and close the TT Festival in the interest of the health of the people of the Island, but also the safety of our volunteers, officials, local residents and landowners around the Colas Billown Course and also the competitors and spectators and the wider general public.
Whilst planning for the 2020 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races and the Silicone Post TT Road Races were well advanced and entries being received and accepted and course preparation due to commence, Southern 100 Racing are saddened that they are having to cancel both events which have grown in popularity over the years and have become an integral part of the TT Festival.
The Club is presently reviewing the situation regarding holding the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races later in the year, however it will not be possible to re-arrange the Silicone Post TT Road Races.
Southern 100 Racing will be in contact with all competitors, who have entered either or both the Pre-TT & Post TT Races regarding refund of entry fees in the next fortnight.
In the meantime, please put the following dates in your diary for 2021 (they have already been added to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar): Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races – Friday, Saturday and Monday 28th, 29th & 30th May and the Silicone Post TT Road Races on Saturday 12th June. Look forward to seeing you at and around the Colas Billown Course then.
2020 North West 200 Postponed : Official Statement :
STATEMENT RE THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2020 FONACAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200
Given the current concerns and restrictions around the Coronavirus public health crisis, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 will postpone the May 10-16 Race Week. Over the past two weeks we have been in constant contact with government and public health officials, representatives of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and the sport’s governing body, the MCUI (UC). Today’s decision has been based upon the advice and guidance received. Our paramount desire is to act responsibly and do all we can to protect everyone from the threat posed by the virus. We enjoy the full support of loyal sponsors and stakeholders in making this decision but apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to them, our competitors, volunteers and race fans.
Due to Government advice regarding the avoidance of mass gatherings, slowing the spread of the virus and not tying up essential NHS resource during the current situation, we have taken the unavoidable decision to postpone the Spring Cup from 18th / 19th April and we will be seeking approval from The ACU and Scarborough Borough Council to run the event as The Summer Cup over the weekend of the 15th / 16th August 2020.
All Spring Cup and Season tickets will be valid for the new dates and if anyone purchasing advanced or season tickets cannot or does not wish to attend the Summer Cup, they will be able to receive a refund.
At present, the Oliver’s Mount Festival, Barry Sheene Classic and Gold Cup events remain in the calendar as planned, but will be subject to further review as the situation progresses.
A further post will be released to update how those wishing to obtain a refund on tickets already purchased should progress once we have established a refund process with our ticketing partners, Duke Marketing Ltd.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience, especially for those that have booked accommodation etc. but hopefully it is apparent that we have tried our best to go ahead with The Spring Cup until postponement became inevitable.
As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.
The Council of Ministers has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races which were due to take place between 30th May and 13th June.
The decision has been taken following confirmation that the Island has stepped up its measures to protect the population against the pandemic.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented: ‘The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.
‘With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.
‘The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.’
The Department for Enterprise will, in due course, issue full refunds for all Official Tickets including Grandstand tickets, Hospitality Packages and other Official Event Experiences purchased through iomttraces.com.
The Department’s Motorsport Team is continuing to work with the Manx Motor Cycle Club for the successful delivery of the 2020 Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix which is due to begin on 22nd August 2020 and will continue to review the delivery of the event against prevailing global conditions.
The Department for Enterprise and Treasury are looking at various options to support businesses affected by the cancellation and will be introducing a range of support measures, the first of which will be announced in Tynwald tomorrow.
Most importantly stay safe in these worrying times, don’t panic, toilet roll will still be available, and look after those most vulnerable in our society and that help may mean staying away for a week or two. Follow the advice of the doctors and scientists and remember Facebook experts appear at every big event, good or bad. There are FB virologists now, when the Six Nations is on every one is a rugby pundit, World Cup – football tactician, Cricket – remembers the Ashes when…blah, blah, blah – listen to those actually in the know, follow their advice and stay safe.
The 2020 Irish Photo Rally has now been announced by the Iron Butt Association Ireland. So if you are looking for something fun to do on the island of Ireland this year then this may be the calling you are looking for.
This year the theme is ‘The End of the Line’ and features railways all throughout Ireland, past and present.
There are 15 locations to visit across Ireland between now and the end of September 2020 so plenty of time to get all over the island, as the map shows you will be everywhere.
Not only that, from April to September the IBA Ireland releases one other spot that is only valid for that month – ‘The Brief’ which will be another point of interest somewhere in Ireland. This year they have been kind enough to give some hints as to where ‘The Brief’ will be located so you can plan your trips to take in a few of the 2020 Irish Photo Rally points as well.
The entry is a very fair 10 Euros and I guarantee you will see places you had no idea even existed.
Finishing the Iron Butt Association Ireland 2020 Irish Photo Rally and the monthly ‘Briefs’ will probably put a couple of thousand miles on your bike, but every one of them will have a purpose of a very rewarding completion of the rally.
Oh and in case you were wondering you don’t have to be an IBA Member to complete in this rally, although if you enjoy this you really should considering having a look at the qualifying rides that will make you a member, one specific to Ireland is a full lap of the island within 24 hours – that is an epic day out! (I have done it twice so if you would like to read a little more about those trips you can do so right here.)
If you would like an idea of where previous rallies took you then please read on…
This one was just too big to wait for part 3 of the rumour round up!
I’m only saying but if only I could be as accurate with the lottery numbers :
It looks pretty much like there are a few bad certainties this year. It looks like there will be no 2020 Ulster Grand Prix and it looks like Tyco BWM will not be represented on the roads, but my biggest prediction is still out there.
Ducati will ride the Isle of Man TT 2020 – could MD be in the saddle? – It’s just a theory, a prediction, but a fun and exciting one.
T80GSA.com / TBNI.Blog – 19th February 2020
It will be great to have Ducati back on the Isle of Man, the last notable performance came in 2011 when Michael Rutter finished 10th, but before that the marque has had modest success at the TT. There’ve been 10 Ducati wins over the years. Compared to 38 for BMW, 43 for Kawasaki, 94 for Norton, 111 for Suzuki, 233 Yamaha – and 256 for Honda, the most. From finishing records Ducati has 704, Yamaha tops the records with 9,745. – Stats as of 2020.
Ducati fans will also remember this bike and Mike Hailwood’s out-of-retirement win in 1978 aboard the now iconic Ducati 900SS.
If you need to catch up on the rest of the news and rumours since the end of the 2019 Season I have you covered…