|The Isle of Man Plans Ahead for TT2002|
|The Isle of Man's TT Races 2002 are set to make a great comeback next year
after Chief Minister Donald Gelling announced a raft of measures on Monday
(October 15) to ensure the races will go ahead, even if foot-and-mouth is
not completely eradicated in the UK.
The event, which attracts 40,000 bike fans annually, was cancelled this year
amid fears that the outbreak of the disease in the UK could spread to the
The only other time in their history that the races have been
cancelled is during the war.
Mr Gelling told Tynwald, the Island's parliament, that up to £1 million
would be spent to develop livestock free corridors along the 37.73-mile
mountain course to protect the interests of both tourism and agriculture.
Minister for Tourism and Leisure David Cretney said the plans were aimed at
ensuring that the TT Races return from their enforced break 'bigger and
better than ever'.
"We are determined to make up for the disappointment felt by riders, teams
and the thousands of fans this year by pulling out all the stops to make TT
2002 the most exciting event to date," he said.
TT 2002 will run from 25 May to 7 June and will feature a fully revamped
race programme, based on discussions with riders and manufacturers. The key
change is the introduction of a smaller Production class in response to
requests from both the manufacturers and the riders. This will provide an
opportunity for more smaller machines to compete in the Ultimate Test Ride,
and this race will act as a curtain-raiser to the Senior TT.