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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July 03, 2010 7:48 AM

It's not like one guy is going to change whether or not TT racing happens. Besides that, there isn't anything wrong with some ambivalence towards a sport that consistently produces dead racers. Giving them respect when they are crippled, isn't going to go very far. It's just his opinion, it wont be banned on hi behalf.

pepper - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 7:49 AM

You guys just dont seem to get it. The top guys that go to the tt are only there because they are too slow even for their national championships. They arent brave and their not overly skilled .to be honest the lap time if a gp rider was in the same mind set would be more like 140 mph average. I remember connor cummins at an endurance race a couple of years ago was about 3 seconds a lap or more slower than the slowest class of short circuit racing. same with guy Martin and Donald is there because he couldnt get a factory ride in australia. when foggy earnt his money from the tt he never went back.

Kyle Malcomson - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 8:17 AM

Pepper foggy was there this year they interviewed him he said winning the senior TT was better than any wsbk championship, Guy Martin and Connor Cummins get regular top ten finishes in the british superstock so does donald, which means they arent 3 seconds a lap slower than the slowest. Also road racing is different stuart easton a runner up in bsbk last year came to nw200 and couldnt match these guys that you say are so so much slower


July 03, 2010 8:23 AM

Take your place with the idiots on youtube Wayne. No one has ever been forced to compete in the TT and the majority of competitors don't have a chance to win substantial prize money, AND THEY KNOW IT.

No one should be in the business of protecting people from themselves, especially the government.

Let em' race, they know the consequences and choose to do it anyway so what bother is it of yours?

Long live the TT

Realmacbeth - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 8:35 AM

I find this fascinating that everyone says "its riders choice". There are all kinds of things which are banned for safety reasons as people get hurt i.e. base jumping of buildings, bungie jumps of bridges, landing helicopters where ever you want, smoking in a petrol station. People do stupid things no matter the risk to themselves and "cause they want to" is not an arguement.
Would boxing be allowed in the Olympics if at least 1 would die and several would be seriously injured? (I chose the Olympics as a consolidated event).
Let people do it as soon there wont be anyone left to race the TT. I personally hate any sporting event where it the normal that people will die.

Rob Cookson - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 8:36 AM

the money thing is complete bo11Ox, my dad has raced at the tt in sidecar's for over 13 years, although he has had a 6th place finish, which i imagine did bring a tiny bit of money (not enough to cover 1 set of tyres)
im sure the prizemoney (10,000 i think????) has never even crossed his mind, im not saying that there are riders there that go to make up the numbers, because as racers everyone has that winning spirit but some are realistic and understand that the tt is so much more than winning, and definately more than just money.

yoshi brad - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 9:26 AM

Good on you Wayne. I can't believe this insanity goes on every year. Several riders getting killed every year is crazy. As for the comments calling Wayne a sook etc, it's amusing that most of the comments are from spectators and not riders. It must be easy to condemn people to death when your safe in front of a tv

Mr. Kruger - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 9:31 AM

Gardner calls for a ban on skydiving, paragliding, flying in planes, walking across the street and of course having sex. It's only natural IF we really want to be completely safe. Not to mention taking life out of life!

TT TO GO ON - Unregistered

July 03, 2010 10:09 AM

Can we put things into perspective here please lets look at one Guy yes Guy Martin i refer to. One of the most loved riders out there at the moment he had a monumentus crash this year as we all know. In an interview for itv 4 i think it was, he said he loves to ride at the TT course because of the rush of being one mistake from ending it all there was no mention of money anywhere and lets face it after what he went through most people would call it a day but is he NO in fact he is already planning to return to the island for the Southern 100 less than a month after the smash look forward to that. So lets keep the TT going and hope it goes on for many more years.

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