One of the countries leading motorcycle sport technical experts, Barry Hibbert, has been recruited to assist the existing Technical Officials by the TT race organisers for the 2006 event.
Barry has a wealth of experience, having become an ACU Scruitineer as far back as 1971, working up to hold an International Grade License, inclusive of measuring and environmental noise control. The license enables the holder to act as the Senior Chief Scrutineer at any level of event running under an ACU permit. He has held an FIM Technical Steward’s license since 1978, which has enabled him to take charge of technical inspections at FIM Road Race permitted events across the world, and over the last 15 years he has acted as Chief Technical Steward at Moto GP, World Superbike and World Endurance events.
In addition to this Barry held the position of Chief Technical Officer for the British Superbike Championship for more than ten years, up until last year, a role which saw Barry organise a team of specialist scrutineers to officiate at all rounds of the British Superbike Championship. This role included liaising with manufacturers and teams to ensure technical compliance to the regulations and also included the necessity to carry out numerous technical inspections for both safety and regulation compliance.
Speaking about his role at this years TT Race Barry said:
"I am delighted to of been asked to be involved in the 2006 Isle of Man TT. The TT, by its nature, is a challenging and demanding event for all those involved. For riders, whose involvement in the sport generally revolves around a passion for the sport and a desire to win, the TT offers a unique challenge, where crossing the finish line, is a memory that lasts a lifetime. For the organisers road racing by its nature, requires a different approach to that of circuit racing. The challenge to facilitate competitors being able to achieve their goal on a road based circuit, and in an environment that is as safe as it can, as well as compliant with regulations is highly complex. The commitment that the IOM Department of Tourism and Leisure and others have shown over recent months to ensure that the TT continues its success means I am looking forward to supporting the 2006 event and hope it offers spectators and competitors alike a brilliant experience".
TT Chief Technical Officer Harvey Garton added:
"We are delighted to be welcoming Barry to our team for the 2006 TT Races. We are always looking at ways to improve how we do things and on the look out for individuals who can add something to our team. To have someone with Barry’s knowledge and experience can only serve to improve the service our team provides to the competitors and the race organisers. I am sure we can learn a lot from Barry during the time we will be working with him, and I know I speak for the rest of my team by welcoming him to the 2006 TT Races."
David Cretney, Minister for Tourism and Leisure and Chairman of the TT Co-Ordinating Committee commented by saying:
"Having someone with the technical ability and experience that Barry Hibbert has is a welcome boost for our plans for TT 2006. I have no doubt that he will provide an excellent service working alongside our existing Technical team, and I would like to go on record by thanking him for committing to our event, and I look forward to welcoming him to the Island for this years TT Races."