RR » TT2012: McGuinness vows 'I'll be back next year'

'I'm really nervous about riding the big bikes in patchy and damp conditions at the TT and it was the right decision to cancel, but we're already looking forward to next year' - John McGuinness

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JOHN - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 2:40 PM

Yes indeed, it seems the days of wet weather racing are numbered if not gone forever. Soon there will not be any wet weather racing at all 'on safety grounds' irrespective of machine class or size.

Marek Piechula - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 3:15 PM

Well, I agree totally with McGuiness and organisers. Taking part in TT alone is very dangerous and risky. Imagine how many crashes and deaths would be there if they decided to run the race in wet conditions. And fatal accidents are the last thing everybody wants to see while watching TT and other racing competitions.

IanM - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:05 PM

The TT riders are fine with going racing whether it is all-wet or all-dry. It is the condition in between that justifiably spooks them. Do you attack a blind bend to discover it damp and crash or do you back off in anticipation but get hit from behind by a following rider who has remained at full chat and crash? All credit to the organisers for understanding the riders opinions. Living to race another year is not wimping out thats for sure. Hopefully all those who have actually experienced watching TT racing will agree with me. The energy contained in a bike at racing speed has the potential for a crash to have the explosive impact of an aircraft accident. Anyone commenting with only armchair experience will never understand this. In my opinion God should grant them immortality from the start line to the finish line but life is not like that unfortunately.

notfastenuff - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 8:20 PM

I have read with interest comments on here and other well known sites, some complaining that its not fair on people who have gone to the i.o.m to watch racing, paid for hotels, joey won in rain in 87, blah blah.
Superbikes now are a hell of a lot faster than 25 years ago, corner speeds a lot higher.
I respect the very difficult decision made by the officials because i would rather come home skint, having missed a few races knowing that no rider famous or first timer had lost his life racing in difficult conditions.
Well done to all the riders this year


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