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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
Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson and will ride for the Smiths Triumph team at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop testing his new BMW S1000RR Superbike at Mallory Park
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda
John McGuinness
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
William Dunlop tests the Tyco Suzuki Superbike at Cartagena in Spain
William Dunlop testing the Tyco Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain
Michael Dunlop - Buildbase BMW
John Surtees inducts John McGuinness to the Motor Sport Hall of Fame
William Dunlop
John McGuinness
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the 2013 Classic TT
Joey Dunlop, Isle of Man TT, 1986

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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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