|Comment on the cancellation From
Iain Duffus (V&M Yamaha)
TT as a race meeting has now been officially cancelled what are your
"Well obviously I am disappointed to say the least, we
have all been sitting holding our breath, hoping for a positive decision, the
longer it was being held off the better the outcome I myself had hoped.
I do not think the outcome is a fair one, but as a rider no one had
really asked our thoughts.
In saying that I would imagine that there
would still be thousands who will embark on a trip to the Isle of Man, so if
the Tourist Board want us over in some capacity, I am sure we could look at
that. The biggest problem I face is that we (V&M) have a garage full of
bikes ready to go with all the preparation in place, in what the team and
myself is the most important meeting of the year. I really am gutted, as the
event is my personal highlight of the year".
will this affect your race plans now?
"Well as you know my whole
involvement with the team was built around the core of events, like the North
West and the TT.
I have been competing in the British Superstock
series, with Snetterton being my next round, but it was going to be after the
NW and the TT before we had a look at what I would be doing for the rest of the
My season could be effectively over, but you have to look on the
bright side !!!!!!.
As a professional rider, you are insured against
injury, but you can not insure against something like this happening. The TT as
a meeting makes up 50% of my income, and for a rider like Dave (David
Jefferies) it is more like his total income".
There was some talk of riders like your-self who support the
event should in some way be compensated, as top line participants continue to
add credibility to the event.
"That is the first I have heard about
this, I don't think I will hold my breath on this one, though it is a positive
Have you a message for all your fans ?
"Yeah sure, I am gutted for them also, many will have booked their
holidays for the races, and will end up going over anyway, but with no racing
to watch. Really disappointed for them".
Iain it has been a pleasure talking to you, I hope we will at least see you at
one of the Scottish Meetings this year, be it racing or in your
Pirelli/Metzeler role as Scottish race sponsor.
"I hope to get to
one of the rounds, as the race scene in Scotland sees to be on the up, nice to
have the full grids in the Regal/Pirelli Proddy series and of course the
Cupar/Metzeler 400 series".
All the Best for the
rest of the year
'Iain Duffus was
speaking to John McComisky'
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