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ACU Events confirms one racer at the 2010 TT fined over yellow flags

After more than a week of speculation the organisers of the 2010 Isle of Man TT have finally confirmed a racer “did not act appropriately” when riding through yellow flags.
A racer at the 2010 Isle of Man TT was fined for failing to act 'appropriately' when riding through yellow flags, the event's organisers have confirmed after a week of speculation.

ACU Events, which runs the racing during the TT, said one rider had been fined just £250 despite the organisers having the power to disqualify competitors or even revoke their competition licence.

The ACU has also refused to name the rider who was fined.

Yellow flags are shown at the scenes of incidents and racers are expected to slow and be prepared to stop. It is understood complaints about riders failing to observe the flags revolved around an incident during the Superstock race and during two incidents in the second Supersport race in which riders Paul Dobbs and Martin Loicht died.

After rumblings of discontent on internet forums, the organisers confirmed an investigation into complaints yellow flags had been ignored was under way on the morning of the final race of the 2010 TT.

The confirmation of an investigation did little to dispel the disquiet, with rumours marshals were prepared to withdraw their voluntary support of the event and some internet forums seeing contributors trying to guess who the riders involved were.

Leading riders were named on the forums, one of which saw contributions made by racers.

As the row rumbled on, the organisers remained silent until a week later when a statement was issued. Although ACU Events will hope the statement draws a line under the issue, few will be satisfied that a fine of just £250 was imposed, while others – notably racers who had been wrongly named as having ignored yellow warning flags – will remain unhappy that the punished rider's name has not been released.

The ACU statement said all competitors attended a formal briefing on the TT before the first practice session, when a representative from the TT Marshals Association gave practical demonstrations of the various flag signals riders might encounter and the appropriate response.

The statement continued:

“ACU Events Race Direction received reports from the Marshals of incidents where they believed riders had ignored a yellow flag situation, requesting that they slow down as an incident had occurred further ahead on the course.”

“The ACU Events Race Direction reviewed these reports, including interviewing each of the riders reported individually, and decided that in one instance a rider did not act appropriately in a yellow flag situation. That rider has been fined £250.”

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June 21, 2010 11:11 PM
Last Edited 2559 days ago

Joey 3 Fan... The Isle of Man TT Marshals are not under the control of the ACU. They are under the control of the IoM TT Marshals Association as you must know. We are also 'Special Constables' in the Manx police force for the duration of the roads closing orders. I know about the tragic accident to which you refer and correct me if I am wrong the IoMTTMA were represented at all levels of the investigation that took place and the inquests. The coroner Mr. Moyles was the one that needed an injection of reality, but thank god he has now retired.

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