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.

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.

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!

Up Next : 2019 East Coast Racing Festival : Killalane, Skerries, Co. Dublin : 7th – 8th September 2019

Check out the results from the 2019 East Coast Racing Festival Here : https://tbni.blog/2019/09/09/2019-east-coast-racing-festival-results-killalane/

Check out the Official East Coast Racing Festival Facebook Page Here : https://www.facebook.com/eastcoastmcc/

2019 Manx GP Results

Check out the Official Manx Grand Prix Website here : https://www.manxgrandprix.org

Just like for the 2019 TT Races the weather did its upmost to put a dampener on things for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix over the 2019 Festival of Motorcycling.

However through some tough days and good calls from the Clerk of the Course, Gary Thompson, we got our racing.

The 2019 MGP ran from 17th – 30 August 2019.

Check out the 2019 Classic TT Results Here : http://tbni.blog/2019/08/30/2019-classic-tt-results/

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Newcomers A - Results
Newcomers A – Results
Newcomers B - Results
Newcomers B – Results
Newcomers C - Results
Newcomers C – Results

Wednesday 28th August 2019

Mylchreests MGP Junior
Mylchreests MGP Junior
Mylchreests MGP Junior
Mylchreests MGP Junior
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight

Thursday 29th August 2019

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight (2)
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight (2)
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight (2)
Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight (2)
MGP Senior
MGP Senior
MGP Senior
MGP Senior

2019 Classic TT Results

Check out the Official Classic TT Website here : https://www.iomtt.com/classic-tt

Just like for the 2019 TT Races the weather did its upmost to put a dampener on things for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix over the 2019 Festival of Motorcycling.

However through some tough days and good calls from the Clerk of the Course, Gary Thompson, we got our racing.

And let’s make sure we get this out there straight away – Bruce Anstey is back, and straight back to the top of the podium #TeamPagetts

Check out the 2019 Manx Grand Prix Results Here : http://tbni.blog/2019/08/30/2019-manx-gp-results/

2019 Classic TT Race Schedule

Saturday 24th August 2019 :

Bennetts Senior Classic TT
Bennetts Senior Classic TT
Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT
Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT

Monday 26th August 2019 :

Locate.im Junior Classic TT
Locate.im Junior Classic TT
Locate.im Junior Classic TT
Locate.im Junior Classic TT
RST Superbike Classic TT
RST Superbike Classic TT
RST Superbike Classic TT
RST Superbike Classic TT

Up Next : 2019 Manx Grand Prix & Classic TT (17/08/2019 – 30/08/2019)

2019 Classic TT

2019 Manx Grand Prix

UPDATE : Check out the results here :

2019 Classic TT Results

2019 Manx Grand Prix Results


Check out the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT Schedule here : https://tbni.blog/2018/10/31/2019-manx-grand-prix-race-programme/

Important Announcement : Inclement weather is playing havoc with the practice and qualifying sessions.

Please follow the below links for LIVE information.

Check out the Official Manx Grand Prix Website here : https://www.manxgrandprix.org

Check out the Official Classic TT Website here : https://www.iomtt.com/classic-tt

Useful Twitter Feeds for live updates :

Please note the schedules may change at very short notice. Stay up to date using the links above.

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Results : UPDATED

Let’s cut to the chase here – thanks to Peter Hickman – the Ulster Grand Prix is once again the Fasted Road Race in the World!  Well done Peter Hickman and your amazing 136.415 mph lap!

2019 Ulster Grand Prix : The World's Fastest Road Race
2019 Ulster Grand Prix : The World’s Fastest Road Race : Credit @ulstergrandprix Twitter

Thursday 8th August 2019 : Thursday Evening Race Session :

CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)

CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)
CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS
DGH RECOVERY SERVICES ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE
DGH RECOVERY SERVICES ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE

SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE

SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE
SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE
CASTLE MALL SUPERTWINS RACE
CASTLE MALL SUPERTWINS RACE

After a pretty grim Wednesday Practice Session that was effectively ruined by rain it was over to Thursday and the promise of a much more road racing friendly wether forecast.  

The promise was fulfilled and the Dundrod skies were bright, maybe a little cloudy at times, but generally blessed with plenty of sunshine.  All of which raised the expectations and crowd numbers for the Thursday evening race session.

In previous years the Superbike Race (1) was the last event on the Thursday but due to the fact that in recent years the race did not get run the organisers made what, I believe to be, a great decision and moved it up to the first race of the session.

There was also a ‘little‘ bit of pressure on this race; looking forward to Saturday the weather forecast was / is not looking positive.  That meant that if the Ulster Grand Prix was to take back its former crown and title of being the ‘World’s Fastest Road Race’ then the only real likelihood of this happening in 2019 was in Superbike Race 1.

Read more2019 Ulster Grand Prix Results : UPDATED

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule

UGP BIKE WEEK 5TH – 10TH AUGUST 2019

THURSDAY 8th August 2019 : 

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule : Thursday 8th August 2019
2019 Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule : Thursday 8th August 2019
  • CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1) 5 LAPS 
  • BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS 
  • DGH RECOVERY SERVICES ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS
  • SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE 5 LAPS
  • CASTLE MALL SUPERTWINS RACE 4 LAPS

Read more2019 Ulster Grand Prix Race Schedule