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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
Manx rider Dean Martin
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade during a test at Castle Combe.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW.
John McGuinness, Honda Racing [Credit: RAC]
Michael Dunlop, Buildbase BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
2015 Isle of Man TT Races.
John McGuinness at the start of the Senior TT in 2015.
Action from the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix
William Dunlop on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki during pre-season testing at Cartagena in Spain.
Conor Cummins and John McGuinness remain with Honda Racing for 2016

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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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