It is with deep regret that we inform you that the Isle of Man TT 2020 races have been officially cancelled due to the concerns related to the Coronavirus or COVID-19. The organisers have posted the official statement released by the Isle of Man Government posted below.
The Council of Ministers has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races which were due to take place between 30th May and 13th June.
The decision has been taken following confirmation the Island has stepped up its measures to protect the population against the pandemic.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented: “The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.”
“With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.”
“The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.”
The Isle of Man TT 2020 races which have been set to take its course from 30 May – 13 June 2020 is the latest motorsports event to be cancelled after a series of cancellations and postponements in other racing series like MotoGP and WorldSBK.
However, the organisers are still trying to make sure that they are able to organise the 2020 Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix at the end of August 2020 if the situation related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 improves in the near future. More updates will be posted from time to time, but one thing is for sure, there will be no Isle of Man TT this year.