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Manx Grand Prix renamed in government revamp

'I think it's good that people are starting to look at the bigger picture for the Manx Grand Prix and although some people won't like to hear this, the event needed a lift' - Michael Dunlop
The legendary Manx Grand Prix has lost its iconic title as part of a strategic overhaul of the popular event by the Isle of Man Government.

As part of a rebranding exercise, the 'Manx' will now be officially known as the 'Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling' in a move that will undoubtedly anger the purists.

The decision comes on the back of proposals to raise the profile of the event, which will incorporate three Classic TT races in 2013.

Some of the current top stars from the TT are also being lined up to compete at the festival, including Mountain legend John McGuinness.

The races for modern machines will, however, still be referred to as the Junior and Senior Manx Grand Prix for example, although the entire meeting falls under the new flagship 'Festival of Motorcycling' title.

The new-look race programme and regulations includes races for the traditional MGP 500cc and 350cc classes - rebranded as Classic TT races - along with new Formula 1 and Formula 2 Classic TT races.

The Formula 1 and Formula 2 events would run concurrently, representing the original FIM World Championship classes of the same title from the late 1980s and early 1990s and opening the festival to a new generation of machinery, including iconic bikes such as the Honda RC30, Kawasaki ZXR-750, Yamaha OW01, Suzuki GSX-R 750 and Ducati 888.

Michael Dunlop - who won the Classic Superbike race at the Manx GP in August on a Suzuki XR69 - told the Belfast News Letter he felt change was needed to breathe new life into the current model.

“I think it's good that people are starting to look at the bigger picture for the Manx Grand Prix and although some people won't like to hear this, the event needed a lift,” Dunlop said.

“It was flat this year and there was no-one there and I wasn't for going back again, so it's good that it's changing.

“Not everyone will be happy, but it will help the Manx in the long run because it will bring more people to the event.”



Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix
Stephen McIlvenna at the Manx Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Guy Martin celebrates his Dundrod 150 Superbike win with the Tyco Suzuki team
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki at the Ulster Grand Prix
Tyco Suzuki`s Guy Martin at the Ulster Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR
Carl Fogarty will take part in a special tribute lap to Joey Dunlop at the Classic TT
Manx rider Dan Kneen
Graeme Crosby will participate in a special parade lap at the Classic TT in tribute to Joey Dunlop
Robert Dunlop on the Norton Rotary at the Isle of Man TT in 1990
Peter Hickman on the Ice Valley BMW
Michael Dunlop (Superbike) at Southern 100 (Pic: apex-photos.com)
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Michael Rutter on the Smiths Triumph

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PatrickD

October 24, 2012 5:25 PM

Is there a more lucrative ferry crossing in the world? Those robbing gits have kept me away from the racing for years now, and will continue to do so. Is there no monopolies and mergers commission to approach about this, I wonder? Sponsoring a race or 2 doesn't wash. Opportunist scum.

Greg - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 4:04 AM

"Some of the current top stars from the TT are also being lined up to compete at the festival, including Mountain legend John McGuinness." No "current top stars" should be able to compete at the Manx GP !!! It doesn't need them and I know the rest of the riders do not want them there.....thats what the TT is for !!



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