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Wayne Gardner defends call for TT ban

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'.
After being roundly condemned by race fans for labelling the Isle of Man TT a 'death trap' and calling for its immediate ban, former World Champion Wayne Gardner has repeated his criticism and defended his opinion.

He provoked fury with his call for a ban, leading to a series of strongly-worded comments from crash.net readers, and more than a few insults.

Gardner has responded to say he can live with the personal attacks, but he stands by his demand for the TT to end.

In a post on the Wayne Gardner Approved website, he is quoted as saying:

“I noticed that comments I made regarding the Isle of Man TT a few weeks back were picked up by popular UK website Crash.net over the weekend. It was also interesting to see that me views provoked such heated responses from readers on the site's forum.”

“While it's always disappointing when people feel the need to base their arguments on such personal attacks, I can certainly live with it. My only concern is for rider's lives and the families of those left behind."

"I stand by my opinion that the TT is insane, outdated and should be banned.”

“If being alarmed about unnecessary death makes me a 'knob' or a 'moaner' as some have suggested, then that's fine.”

Last week crash.net reported comments from the 1987 500cc Grand Prix World Champion which were posted on the same website. Reflecting on the deaths of two riders during the 2010 TT, the 50-year-old described the TT as 'insanity' which had only been allowed to continue because of the money it brings to the Isle of Man.

He demanded an immediate ban, saying the 103-year-old road racing festival only attracted riders who had failed to make an impression on short circuits, and who were chasing 'substantial' prize money. The Australian added the nature of the circuit made it impossible to remember every corner, braking point and change in elevation or direction.

In less than four days, the Crash.net article had attracted more than 170 comments – with most criticising Gardner and defending the TT.

Now, he has defended his comments and evoked the memory of Barry Sheene – who unlike Gardner competed at the Isle of Man TT..

Gardner's new post says:

“One criticism levelled at me was that I never raced the TT and I have no idea what I'm talking about. While it's true I never actually raced there, I still know how dangerous the place is. I spent a week back in 1981 learning the circuit with the idea of trying my luck. I was young and naïve and had been tempted by the offer of substantial start money. But at the last minute I got a call from Moriwaki asking me to come to Japan to race the Suzuka 200 instead. Thankfully, I was never tempted to roll the dice at the TT again.”

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Wayne Gardner during his 500cc GP prime.
Gardner, Australian MotoGP 2009
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.

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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.

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