The Isle of Man Government has confirmed that the next TT will take place from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 11 June in 2022.
It’s sad news – but considering the continued uncertainty as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Isle of Man TT organisers have bitten the bullet and made the call to cancel the iconic race event early. Plans are still in place to run the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix in 2021 – with the final decision on whether or not they’ll take place set to be made in Spring next year.
Speaking about the news, Laurence Skelly, MHK, Minister, Department for Enterprise, Isle of Man Government, said: “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, 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.”
To help answer race fans questions about the cancellation of the 2021 TT, organisers have set up a FAQ section on the website. For more information, click HERE.Enjoy more Old Bike Mart reading in the monthly paper. Click here to subscribe.