2020 Classic TT & 2020 Manx GP Cancelled

2020 Classic TT & 2020 Manx GP Cancelled :

2020 Classic TT Cancelled
2020 Classic TT Cancelled

The final road racing events* of 2020 left to announce their status have both confirmed today that they are cancelled. (*Macau is still on the calendar)

The 2020 Classic TT and 2020 Manx GP have been cancelled.

There is now no confirmed racing on the Island of Ireland or the Isle of Man in 2020.

Cookstown and the North West 200 are still holding out a little hope to reschedule their events for later in the year but that is a hope I do not share. It is now extremely likely that the only racing that we will see this year will be Macau. If even Macau?

2020 Manx GP Cancelled
2020 Manx GP Cancelled

Press Release from the Classic TT and Manx GP :

The Isle of Man Government and the Manx Motor Cycle Club, the race organisers of the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, have taken the joint decision to cancel this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts and Manx Grand Prix, which were due to take place between the 22nd August and the 4th September on the Isle of Man. 

The decision to cancel both events has been taken following consultation between the Department for Enterprise and race organisers, the Manx Motor Cycle Club, taking into account the emergency measures including current border controls and travel restrictions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, announced the decision today, saying: ‘This is obviously a conclusion that we didn’t want to reach but unfortunately when all the factors and advice are considered we felt that it was important to make an early decision to provide clarity and certainty to race officials, fans and sponsors, as well as competitors themselves. Although we cannot predict at this stage exactly what the Island’s or the global position will be in four months’ time, there is sufficient uncertainty and therefore making an early decision is the only responsible thing to do.

‘We also want to reassure the Island’s residents that their health and wellbeing remains our number one priority and focus in this ongoing situation and furthermore it isn’t appropriate to potentially place additional demands onto our hard-working hospital and medical staff by running the events this year.’

Peter Maddocks, Manx Motor Cycle Club Chairman, commented: ‘We were asked, as race organisers, by the Government whether we were confident that the event could take place purely from a logistical and operational point of view this year. Although we were confident that we could provide the officials, the situation around other key personnel, such as marshals and medical personnel could not be guaranteed. Additionally, the availability of event critical contractors and whether the infrastructure and equipment could even reach the Isle of Man in time is also an area of great uncertainty

‘We also took into account the levels of pre-event practice the riders would have had to enable them to effectively take on the unique challenge that racing on the Mountain Course represents. All of these factors were considered and ultimately formed the basis of the decision that, from an operational point of view, the event had to be cancelled this year. Even though we are all in uncertain times the Club is looking forward to planning a return to the mountain course in 2021.’


Keep up with all the latest News both the Classic TT and Manx GP through the following links :

Classic TT :

Manx GP :

As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.

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You will also find new information as soon as it is available through the TBNI Facebook Page and TBNI Twitter Feed. So Follow those also.

2020 Walderstown Road Races Cancelled

2020 Walderstown Road Races Cancelled :

2020 Walderstown Road Races Cancelled :
2020 Walderstown Road Races

The Fore Motorcycle Racing Club CLG have announced that the 2020 Walderstown Race of the South Road Races have been cancelled. The press release is as below :


Following confirmation from our governing body Motorcycling Ireland (SC), advising that “all events are cancelled” “for the foreseeable future”. We have taken the decision to cancel the race of the south. walderstown in 2020.

Which we are all very disappointed. We understand it’s in everyone’s best interest

We be back bigger and better in 2021. 

Your in sport. 

Michael Halpin 
Club chairman


Keep up with all the latest News on the Fore Motorcycle Racing Club CLG Official Facebook Page and the Walderstown Road Races Facebook Page.

As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.

The TBNI Road Racing Calendar will be updated as soon as new information comes to light so make sure you are subscribed to that : https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

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2020 Southern 100 Cancelled

2020 Southern 100 Cancelled
2020 Southern 100 Cancelled

2020 Southern 100 Cancelled :

Southern 100 Racing held a meeting of its senior race officials on Wednesday evening 18th March to discuss the running of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races either on the scheduled dates of 6th, 7th, 8th & 9thJuly or possibly postpone them until later in the year.

It was decided after discussion regarding the present and on-going situation regarding the Coronavirus 19 crisis and the announcement by the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister earlier today that the current situation could continue for at least a further six months and after consultation with the club’s Chief Medical Officer regarding the availability of Doctors and Paramedics to cover the races, many of whom travel from the UK, that it is unlikely that they will able to leave their respective positions, we would have insufficient cover to run the races on the scheduled dates or any other.

The Doctors, Paramedics and other medical people who live on the Island will be similarly occupied at Nobles & Ramsey Cottage Hospital and other Medical practices and will like their UK counterparts will be involved with the COVID-19 cover and unlikely to be allowed to take leave.

Added to the lack of medical cover there is also the likelihood of a shortage of Race Marshals due to travel restrictions presently in place which may well be increased between now and July and could result in less than the required number of marshals available to man the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.

It was therefore decided by the Race Committee, very reluctantly to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races.

The Committee left it was better to take this decision now, rather than defer on a monthly basis in the hope that Medical cover would become available at the ‘last minute’.

Whilst it is major disappointment for the race organisers, we know that the announcement will be met with a similar response from competitors and race fans who enjoy attending the ‘friendly races’ year on year and Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming you all back to the Billown Course in 2021.

This also means that the postponement of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races announced in a Media Release on Monday 16th March are now also cancelled. Competitors who have entered will be contacted by the Race or Club Secretary in the next few days.

The dates of the 2021 Road Races on the Billown Course are:

Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races

Friday, Saturday & Monday 28th, 29th & 31st May 2021

Silicone Racing Post TT Road Races

Saturday 12th June 2021

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July 2021


Keep up with all the latest News on the Southern 100 Website.

As this situation evolves and affects more events TBNI.Blog will endeavour to keep you up to date.

The TBNI Road Racing Calendar will be updated as soon as new information comes to light so make sure you are subscribed to that : https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

You will also find new information as soon as it is available through the TBNI Facebook Page and TBNI Twitter Feed. So Follow those also.

Road Racing is now Affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Stay Up to Date

2020 Road Racing Events Postponed
2020 Road Racing Events Postponed

Sporting and public events are already being affected by the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and more restrictions are likely to follow.

The TBNI Road Racing Calendar will be updated as soon as new information comes to light so make sure you are subscribed to that : https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

You will also find new information as soon as it is available through the TBNI Facebook Page and TBNI Twitter Feed. So Follow those also.

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.

Read moreRoad Racing is now Affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Stay Up to Date

2020 Road Racing Rumours : Road Racing Pre-Season Rumour Mill : Part 2 :

2020 Road Racing Rumours
2020 Road Racing Rumours

As the season approaches the 2020 road racing rumours and breaking news starts coming in thick and fast and since January a lot has happened!

To catch up on what has happened since the end of 2019 Season make sure to check out this post : https://tbni.blog/2020/01/01/2020-road-racing-pre-season-rumour-mill/

So since New Year’s Day has much happened? Certainly!

Read more2020 Road Racing Rumours : Road Racing Pre-Season Rumour Mill : Part 2 :

Paulo Gonçalves : 12/01/2020 : Statement from the Dakar

January 12 th 2020 – 10:36 [GMT + 3]

Paulo Gonçalves 2020
Paulo Gonçalves 2020

Paulo Gonçalves, racing on motorbike no. 8, has passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest. Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead.


40-year-old Paulo Gonçalves was taking part in his 13th Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top 10, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015. Paulo Gonçalves, the 2013 cross-country rallies world champion, was sitting in 46th place overall after stage 6 of the 2020 Dakar.


The entire Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to his friends and family.

Read morePaulo Gonçalves : 12/01/2020 : Statement from the Dakar

2020 Road Racing Pre-Season Rumour Mill

Welcome to 2020 and the countdown to the start of the 2020 Road Racing Season. The winter break is now half over so I thought I would put together a quick post of some of the rumours (and facts) that have surfaced over the last couple of months.

If the news and gossip continues to come in at a similar I will need to do another one of these before April because there is a lot of interesting news to get through, unfortunately once you get past the positive and exciting stuff there is some really devastating news out there too, but more on that in a minute.

Happy New Year 2020 : May it be a great one for you all, and all of yours!

Happy New Year 2020

Read more2020 Road Racing Pre-Season Rumour Mill

2020 Isle of Man TT Schedule

The 2020 Isle of Man TT Schedule has been released and we have all the important dates and times to help you plan your trip, or if you can’t make it to the island at least you will know what time to tune into Manx Radio to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Peter Hickman at the Isle of Man TT Races
Peter Hickman at the Isle of Man TT Races

Two things of note though.  The first may actually benefit you if you are heading over for practice week from Dublin – the first scheduled practices are now on the Sunday of Practice week. Traditionally the first day of practice was Saturday, however the first 2020  session will now be on Sunday 31st May afternoon – so if you are on that Dublin sailing think sharp – get off the boat and you will hopefully catch some Sunday qualifying.

Secondly – and sadly – there will be no TT Zero qualifying or racing in 2020 and 2021.  The class has been dropped for two years, allegedly to ‘allow development’.  TT Zero has been running for a decade and the electric machines from Mugen are responsible for a 121.824mph lap.  I get that the entry is low and also that the Mugen will win, but still, TT Zero showed innovation and look at that lap time!  I fully understand that many argue passionately that a TT Zero win shouldn’t really be counted as a TT win.  I am all for opinions, but that opinion is one I’ll just have to disagree with. It may ‘only‘ be 1 lap – but that one lap is potentially 120+mph and considering the lap size of 37 miles then it really isn’t to be sniffed at.  That one lap is still more than most full length Irish and Northern Irish National races.  Hopefully come 2022 more teams will be in the field, on the track and ready to race!

Finally – this schedule is subject to change and given the weather we have had over the last couple of years this schedule will change.  At the time make sure to follow : 

And of course don’t forget the TBNI Road Racing Calendar – that will keep you up to date with all the Irish / Northern Ireland and Manx Road Racing Schedules.
 

Read more2020 Isle of Man TT Schedule

2019 Road Racing Season is Over

End of Season
End of Season

The 2019 Road Racing Season is now over (with the exception of Macau).

You will notice a bit of a change in the site content over the coming winter months – with more ‘tech’ content. Just go with it, you might even like it – and be safe in the knowledge that when the bikes are back on the roads all the important info will still be here.

If you have no interest in anything that else that the site has to offer I won’t hold that against you either – just bookmark or save the site to your favourites and I will see you again in April 2020!

In the meantime make sure you subscribe to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar – as always it is free, keep up to date and already is starting to get the 2020 dates added to it. If you haven’t already subscribed have a read and get that sorted.

TBNI Road Racing Calendar – Click Here for Detailed Instructions on How to Subscribe.

See you in April 2020

2019 East Coast Racing Festival Results (Killalane)

The 2019 East Coast Racing Festival concludes the 2019 Irish Road Racing Season.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get anywhere near Killalane due to a mechanical incident with my bike – well some a**e left a massive screw on the M1 motorway near Dublin and ruined my chances of getting anywhere near the racing.  So thanks for that you inconsiderate t**t!

However well done to all involved in the event.  If you would like a decent recap of the event check out the 

Official East Coast Racing Festival Facebook Page :  https://www.facebook.com/eastcoastmcc/

or a great source of live Road Racing News from the events : 

https://www.twitter.com/ahardybreed

125cc Championship Race
125cc Championship Race
Classic 250-350 Championship Race
Classic 250-350 Championship Race
600 Non Championship
600 Non Championship
Junior Support - Championship Race
Junior Support – Championship Race

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Senior Support Championship Rerun
Senior Support Championship Rerun
Championship Race
Championship Race
OPEN Championship Race
OPEN Championship Race
Supertwins Championship Race
Supertwins Championship Race
Grand Final
Grand Final

No results available from speedhive – but a massive ‘well done’ is deserved for Melissa Kennedy – the first female to win an Irish National Road Race!