RR » Wayne Gardner demands immediate TT ban


Wayne Gardner, the 1987 500cc Grand Prix World Champion, has demanded the Isle of Man TT is banned 'now' following two deaths at the 2010 event.

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Dario - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 12:38 AM

Right, lawsuits. That's what should dictate society's direction. How many events are either curtailed or scrapped because of threat of a suit, EVEN THOUGH ALL PARTICIPANTS SIGN WAIVERS AND ARE OF SOUND MIND WHEN DOING SO.

Shouldn't the fact that over 200 people died at the TT serve as evidence that the people entering are fully aware of the risks? Unless you choose to believe they are daft and think the worst injury ever at the TT was a scraped knee healed with kisses from mom.

There are plenty of people at the TT running their street bikes with zero chance of the winnings.

And don't compare the TT to 2 deaths each GP. The TT is a week-long event with dozens of races.

Dumb.

johnnymat

July 03, 2010 12:48 AM

I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who participate in "real" road races like the Isle of Man.

I think it's refreshing to see a venue where people can freely use their own judgment when it comes to deciding whether or not to participate in a dangerous activity.

The whole world is rapidly becoming a nanny state where we are presumed to be child-like idiots who are incapable of thinking for ourselves.

If your going to ban the I.O.M. then you should ban BASE jumping and other extreme sports. Using that logic you can also ban people driving on the old 'Ring because a few people get killed every year.

I hope the I.O.M. continues for many years to come.

V - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 12:57 AM

I think it's really sad that a man of Waynes years is so narrow minded. It is wrong for someone that doesn't race at the TT to speak out and call for it to be banned just because they don't agree with it. Difficult to see what Wayne would gain if he got is way, probably nothing. Just sticking his nose in where it's not wanted.
At least the riders die having fun. (not like the rest rest of us who will likely die at work)
Wayne if you want to shout your mouth off there are plenty of "real" issues the world needs help with, go and pick one.

Nick - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 1:27 AM

Racing motorbikes is potentially dangerous end of, on track or road! The riders know the risks involved at the TT and on any short circuit. Most/all of the TT riders do it for the love of the sport and not financial gain as only the top factory riders are competing for cash at the TT. (The privateers winners fund is moderately low) and therefore not the carrot Gardner refers to. And yes two riders sadly lost there life during the TT festival 2010 RIP, though when you consider the amount of riders present in the paddock and the amount of miles covered during the festival in total - statistically short circuits does have as many if not more fatalities than the TT and thats a fact!

stu blakey - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 1:28 AM

yes the TT is dangerous but riders aint forced to race. 10 years ago we lost william joseph dunlop and the road racing world went into shock. i was a kid at the time but the more i learned about joey the more i love the TT, the faster he went the slower he looked! riders enter this race by choice and we all feel a loss when someone doesn't make it to the flag but we can take heart in the fact that they died doing something which they loved. LONG LIVE THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES!!!

Crowkiller

July 03, 2010 3:46 AM

Wow! Most of you are doing a fine job!
ALL RESPECT to those who take on the IOM TT! This is a desperate move, but why and for what? People who feel compelled to protect me from myself are the ones who scare me the most.

BigG - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 4:17 AM

I personally know quite a few riders who race the TT and they do quite well. They went to road racing because the short circuit scene (BSB) has gotten too expensive. As for inexeprienced riders being tempted by the prize money simply isn't true. The beginners know its dangerous and do not go for the win, and mores the point they don't have teams to go for the win, so I can't see what WG is on about.

I agree there is very little very error, in fact most of my mates have crashed at some point on the circuit, but luckily with no serious injury. Why has WG left out short circuits, do maths and come back to me WG I bet there's more than 229 rider killed in 103 yrs of short circuit racing.

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