RR » Under fire Gardner renews attack on TT


Wayne Gardner has continued his attack on the Isle of Man TT after coming under fire from fans on Crash.net for calling the legendary road race 'crazy' and a 'death trap'.

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FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:47 AM

Wayne, What do you say to riders like John McGuiness, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, in fact every single rider who enters the TT every year out of CHOICE.

They race the TT because they love it. They and their family are more than anyone, including you, of the risks.

When David Jeffries died, did his family call for it to be banned? No, in fact they were the total opposite and made sure that that years racing continued as Jeffries would never want it stopped.

What about the Dunlops. Both Joey and Robert lost their lives to road racing, yet Roberts sons Michael and William still do it. They do it because they love it.

Do you think they need you to save them from themselves or something?

FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:48 AM

The TT is commonly regarded as the best motorcycle race in the world, and for good reason.

If the competitors want to take part, who the hell are you, or anyone else, to stop them?

I'll say it again. No one makes them do it. They do it out of choice because they love road racing.

FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 11:50 AM

One last thing, I like how you conveniently ignored those comments made in the original story about riders racing at the TT out of choice. Probably because you have no answer to that.

pukka - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 12:03 PM

Easy to sit on your chairs and make these comments but when racing greats like Gardner and Sheene make these comments including many MGP and WSC riders notably Hodgson (Brit and IOM resident) you can't ignore it.

For the record, the IOMTT is a great race but not the greatest in the world. The Dakar is viewed as the toughest and doesn't have the casualty count the IOMTT has, and there is no way IOMTT compares to WSC or MGP for greatest race title.

The racers mentioned, Hutchinson, McGuinness, Martin - where are they in the BSB or BSS races? McGuinness etal have made no headway in those series.

Gardner's focus is on safety, everyone else here is
focused on entertainment.

kwikkwak

July 06, 2010 12:23 PM

He is entitled to his opinion as everyone is.The personal attacks against the man himself are just childish.But i disagree that it should be banned.The riders that are chasing the so called "prize money" can earn from doing short circuit racing,as a lot of them do.And those that are saying that they are not at the top of the short circuit racing cos they cant compete,who won at Knockhill on Sunday?.....oh and isnt Plater the current British Supersport Champion?.....It once again comes down to personal choice.

geoff - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 12:35 PM

I wonder how many posting comments here race/have raced/have ever ridden a bike? Wayne Gardner was one of the hardest (mentally and physically) GP racers ever. He's entitled to his opinion and as a World Champion his views should be treated with a bit of respect, whether agreeing with them or not. Some of the comments hear have the tone of the hardcore zealot who's never going to change their opinion regardless of all evidence. But any argument's irrelevant anyway - the TT will go on for as long as the IOM can make a shed load of cash from it.

FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 12:42 PM

"Easy to sit on your chairs and make these comments but when racing greats like Gardner and Sheene make these comments including many MGP and WSC riders notably Hodgson (Brit and IOM resident) you can't ignore it."

Yes you can ignore it. These guys don't like the TT so they don't do it, that's fine. I have no issues with that.

But that doesn't mean those who want to do the TT should not be allowed those to. Their opinion on the race is more valid than anyone elses because they DO it.

FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 12:43 PM

"I wonder how many posting comments here race/have raced/have ever ridden a bike? Wayne Gardner was one of the hardest (mentally and physically) GP racers ever. He's entitled to his opinion and as a World Champion his views should be treated with a bit of respect, whether agreeing with them or not. Some of the comments hear have the tone of the hardcore zealot who's never going to change their opinion regardless of all evidence."

Yes I ride a bike (VTR 1000) and no I have not raced, but that is irrelevant. Gardner's opinion is largely irrelevant too. He didn't like it, so he didn't do it, great. The TT racers love it, so they do it...

FooAtari - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 12:47 PM

Yes the TT is dangerous. All evidence shows it's dangerous. The riders know it's dangerous, the fans no it's dangerous. Everyone knows it's bloody dangerous.

But my point is, road racers do it despite the dangers. And who is anyone to stop them?? It's not Gardners, Hodgsons or anyone elses places to stop it. He can dislike it all he want's, but he has no business calling for it to be banned. I'm not being a zealot, I know it's dangerous. But again my point is, so what? The TT is 100% voluntary.

And while Hutchinson, McGuiness or Martin might not be good on the track. Most track riders would be nowhere on the TT. Different breed of rider with different skill set.

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