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CLASSIC TT AND MGP STILL POSSIBLE?

Although early June’s 2020 Isle of Man TT races have been cancelled owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Manx government hasn’t entirely abandoned the idea of running some racing on the Mountain Course this year.

In an email to journalists already accredited for the now temporarily defunct main event, TT press officer Simon Crellin updated them on the current situation: “The Isle of Man Government motorsport team is continuing to work with the Manx Motor Cycle Club towards the successful delivery of the 2020 Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix, which are due to begin on 22 August 2020. A decision on whether that event will go ahead will be made in a timely manner based on the possible impact on the health and wellbeing of Isle of Man residents, which remains its priority, and we will advise you as to when or whether accreditations for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix will open should you be interested in covering those races.” color:#666666″>

Crellin also said that plans are in progress for staging the 2021 Isle of Man TT, which is set to commence in about 420 days’ time. The Classic TT and MGP fortnight, should it go ahead, will kick off in 138 days. color:#666666″>

Manx Motor Cycle Club preparations for the 2020 MGP’s opening Newcomers race are certainly well-advanced. A busy course-familiarisation weekend for novice riders took place in early March. Entrants spent two days being driven around and coached for multiple laps by highly-experienced TT and MGP racers in a fleet of cars provided MGP Official Course Vehicle Partner Mylchreests Group. In addition, they attended a series of seminars on everything from scrutineering requirements and machine set-up to pitlane procedures. color:#666666″>

Hot tip for Newcomers stardom this year is only a novice in the sense that he’s never raced on the Mountain Course before. Carl Phillips from Belfast is reigning Ulster Superbike Champion, has been a British Superbike Championship points finisher and rode in last year’s North West 200 for Ian Lougher Racing. Being the son of Mountain Course veteran Joe Phillips probably helps too.   color:#666666″>

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