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In a devastating turn of events, Spanish rider Raul Torras, 46, from Sant Hilari Sacalm, lost his life during the first Supertwin Race at the 2023 Isle of Man TT Races.

  • The fatal accident occurred on the final lap of the race between the 16th and 17th mile markers, at Alpine.
  • Torras had been competing at IOMTT since 2017.

Torras, an experienced competitor at the TT, had been participating in the renowned event since 2017, amassing a total of 21 races under his belt. Throughout his TT career, he had achieved notable milestones, including securing 18 Bronze Replicas and a commendable 15th place in last year’s Supertwin class.

Moreover, Torras had recently set a personal record during the Superstock Race, clocking an impressive lap speed of 125.470mph and finishing in 20th place.

Regrettably, this year’s Supertwin Race proved to be a fatal chapter in Torras’ racing journey. The Isle of Man TT Races released a statement expressing their profound sadness over the loss of the talented rider.

Torras’ passing leaves a void not only among his fellow competitors but also among his fans worldwide, as he had earned recognition as the fastest Spaniard to ever lap the challenging 37.73-mile TT circuit.

As the news of Torras’ untimely demise reverberates through the racing community, the Isle of Man TT Races extends its deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and loved ones. Raul Torras will be remembered for his passion, dedication, and remarkable contributions to the world of international road racing.

In honour of the Manx Grand Prix’s centennial anniversary, renowned helmet manufacturer Arai has collaborated with The Visor Shop and the Manx Grand Prix to create a limited-edition masterpiece. 

The Arai RX-7V Evo, specially designed for this occasion, is set to be released on July 20.

The Manx Grand Prix, an iconic event in the road racing calendar, has captivated motorsport enthusiasts since its inception in 1923. While it may stand in the shadow of its counterpart, the Isle of Man TT Races, the Manx Grand Prix continues to hold its own as a thrilling spectacle.

For over a decade, Arai has been designing special edition helmets for the Isle of Man TT, and this endeavor for the Manx Grand Prix follows suit. 

The helmet’s design features the famous Snaefell Course outline, paying homage to the race’s iconic route. It also incorporates references to prominent landmarks and timing points, as well as the Triskelion, symbolizing the Three Legs of Man.

On June 1, the special edition helmet was officially unveiled at the Arai Village during the Isle of Man TT. Priced at GBP829.99 (RM4.7k), this exclusive piece will be cherished by motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors alike. 

With its limited production run, the Arai RX-7V Evo commemorates the historic milestone of the Manx Grand Prix, an event that has continually pushed the boundaries of road racing. Mark your calendars for the release on July 20, 2023, and secure your piece of racing history.

The Isle of Man TT is set to return in 2023 with registration for the Tourist Trophy are now officially opens. 

  • 2023 season to commence with three races instead of two. 
  • 2023 season will mark the race 102nd edition since its inception in 1907. 

According to the official information, the 2023 season will kick-off from May 29 to June 10, 2023.  

That said, the iconic race is set to turn the calm and serene town of Isle of Man into a road racing circuit with bikes blazing through the street at more than 300km/h. 

The 2023 season will mark the race 102nd edition having run continuously since 1907 –  skipped several times due to World War I and World War II and recently the pandemic. 

Nevertheless, similar to last year’s edition, the 2023 season will return in full blast with revised schedule consisting of ten races. 

However, unlike the previous edition, 2023 season now has three races instead of two:

  • June 3 (Saturday) – Monster Energy SuperSport and 3 Sidecar TT Races
  • June 4 (Sunday) – RST Superbike TT
  • June 6 (Tuesday) – first RL360 Superstock Race and Supertwin Race
  • June 7 (Wednesday) – second RL360 Superstock Race and Supertwin race

The University of Michigan’s SPARK Electric Racing Team is ready to take on the Isle of Man TT (IOMTT) challenge with an electric race bike.

  • SPARK Electric Racing Team to race at the 2024 IOMTT with an electric race bike.
  • The goal is to create a bike that can hit 300km/h and makes 225hp.  

The engineering students from the University of Michigan have been experimenting with their electric bike build since 2013. 

They even ended 2022 on a high, taking home second and third place in AHRMA’s Formula Lightning race in New Jersey thanks to an electric race bike called the Atlas.

However, their biggest aim is to compete at the 2024 IOMTT.

 Despite not having the most considerable resources like a full-time race outfit, SPARK is adamant that their next electric bike project has what it takes to compete at the world’s greatest road race.

Meanwhile, the Atlas was a success at the Formula Lightning Race. The bike features a custom trellis frame and can do 0-100km/h in less than three seconds. SPARK’s claimed that the race bike makes 125hp and 119Nm and can hit a max speed of 257km/h.

It also features other top-of-the-line components, including Brembo, Ohlins and Galfer. 

However, for the 2024 IOMTT, SPARK is building something even more powerful called the FBS, which stands for “Future Racing Bike of SPARK”.

The goal is to build an electric race bike that makes 225hp 200Nm and can hit a max speed of 300km/h. The target weight is less than 200kg, and can do 0-100 in under three seconds. 

An Isle of Man TT start line official who has been responsible for giving riders the tap on the shoulders at the start of the race has retired after 68 years involvement with the iconic race.

  • Paul Kermode has spend nearly 70 years with the Isle of Man TT races since 1954.
  • 23-time John McGuiness was his last send off at the 2022 IOMTT. 

Paul Kermode, 79, first volunteered with the TT back in 1954 as a scout working on the scoreboard before taking over the job as a start line official.

Kermode bowed out after the first Superbike race whereby his final shoulder tap happened to be 23-time winner John McGuinness’.

“When he came down to the line to start, he shook my hand and said: ‘happy retirement,.

“I think it’s been great to be able to do it,” he said.

Kermode been giving the famous shoulder tap for the past 15 years and despite not keeping count, he estimates that he has send thousands of riders away at the TT race and Manx GP.

“It had to come to an end at some time and that was the perfect way to do it, with John’s hundredth.

“I marshalled the early morning practices from 16. I couldn’t do race week, because I worked for the newspapers and we printed a TT special and no staff were allowed off.

“I might get out on the course somewhere now and watch them. In this day and age there’s not many people that will do something for nothing, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it over time. The early morning practices were something else,” he added.

(Source: MCN)

Pelumba Britain, Mark Purslow disahkan meninggal dunia susulan kemalangan ketika sesi kelayakan perlumbaan Isle of Man TT 2022.

Perkara itu disahkan pihak penganjur dalam satu kenyataan pada Rabu.

“Kami mahu mengucapkan takziah kepada keluarga dan sahabat Mark,” jelasnya.

Bagaimanapun, pihak penganjur turut memaklumkan bahawa perlumbaan IOMTT 2022 akan diteruskan.

Purslow sedang memasuki lap ketiga sewaktu pusingan kelayakan keempat sebelum kemalangan berlaku. Difahamkan, kelajuan Purslow ketika itu adalah sekitar 190km/j.

Ini merupakan perlumbaan kedua IOMTT bagi pelumba berusia 29 tahun itu selepas beraksi di kategori Supersport dan Lightweight pada 2017.

Mangsa juga pernah bertanding di Classic TT dan memenangi Manx GP 2015 (lightweight).

IOMTT kembali untuk sesi 2022 selepas dua tahun menyepi ekoran pandemik Covid-19.

Here’s some glorious on-board footage of racing legend John McGuinness lapping the Isle of Man TT 2022 course aboard his Fireblade SP.


Road racing legend John McGuinness is considering hanging up his racing suit after the 2022 Isle of Man TT.

The British rider will turn 50-years-old when the Isle of Man TT comes around and will race onboard the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade alongside British Superbike race winner and debutant Glen Irwin.

McGuinness hinted that the upcoming 2022 edition might be his last before he bids farewell to the sport.

“The last time I raced there, I didn’t have a great TT and I didn’t want to finish my racing career on a breakdown so this, never said it before, could possibly be my last TT but I wanted to just go there with everything, you know, all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed and go and enjoy it and see where we end up.”

“Getting back to racing, we’re all a little bit nervous, all us riders especially. We did some racing through Covid but not the road racing like in the Isle of Man so we’ve all been away for two years.

“The bikes are getting faster, none of us have been there so we’re all nervous, there’s a lot of anticipation but, you watch, once we get there it will be flat out, it will be 200mph, we’ll be doing what we do,” said McGuinness to the press after picking up his MBE for his service to motorcycle racing.

McGuinness last primary event TT wins came in 2015, bringing him a total of 23 wins, just three shies of the record holder, Joey Dunlop.

McGuinness was on course to surpass Dunlop in 2017, but his plans got derailed due to a technical error that led to a devastating crash on the 2017 North West 200.

The incident also ruled him out of 2017 and 2018 TT.

He ought to make a comeback in 2020 with Bournemouth Kawasaki – after a disappointing 2019 season with Norton – but was stopped short due to Covid-19.

The organisers of the Isle of Man TT 2021 have announced that next year’s event has been officially cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re pretty sure that fans and enthusiasts are disappointed by this news as the event was planned to take place from 28 May to 11 June 2021. (more…)

Kerajaan Isle of Man mengumumkan bahawa TT edisi 2021 terpaksa dibatalkan ekoran pandemik Covid-19.

Keputusan itu merupakan dilihat sebagai impak besar buat komuniti Isle of Man TT yang sebelum ini telah pun dimaklumkan mengenai pembatalan edisi 2020.

Bagaimanapun, keputusan tersebut diambil selepas mengambil kira keselamatan penduduk Isle of Man selain daripada pasukan, marshal dan pengunjung yang hadir ke pulau terbabit.

Menteri di Jabatan Perusahaan, Isle of Man, Laurence Skelly akui pengumuman ini pastinya mengecewakan ramai pihak.

“Kami terpaksa mengambil keputusan ini supaya segalanya lebih jelas kepada peminat perlumbaan ini dan semua pihak yang terlibat.

“TT bergantung pada ribuan sukarelawan dan pegawai dari setiap pelusuk organisasi di samping puluhan ribu pengunjung yang akan tiba bagi menyaksikan kejohanan itu pada Jun.

“Kami telah mengambil kira pelbagai cadangan antaranya menunda TT ke tarikh baharu tetapi terdapat pelbagai risiko lain terutamanya kepada penduduk disini.

“Bagaimanapun, kami masih mengharapkan Classic TT dan Manx GP masih boleh berjalan,” jelasnya.

Tahun 2020 ternyata malang buat arena permotoran dunia tatkala Isle of Man TT turut mengikut langkah MotoGP dan WSBK dengan membatalkan aksi susulan penularan wabak Covid-19.

Perkara itu disahkan sendiri Ketua Menteri, Howard Quayle yang mengarahkan semua pengunjung yang hadir ke pulau terbabit dikuarantinkan selama 14 hari.

Isle of Man TT dijadualkan untuk berlangsung di antara 30 Mei hingga 13 Jun.

Acara perlumbaan tersebut semakin menjadi tumpuan dengan tahun lalu menyaksikan peningkatan 4 peratus pengunjung dengan lebih 46,000 hadir bagi menyaksikan perlumbaan terbabit.

Kajian turut mendapati kepulauan Isle of Man mengaut keuntungan hampir GBP 5 juta susulan saingan TT.

Meskipun akui bakal terkesan dengan pembatalan ini namun Quayle menegaskan kepentingan dan kesihatan orang ramai harus diutamakan.

Sementara itu, Southern 100 Racing, penganjur perlumbaan pra dan pasca TT turut menyokong penuh usaha kerajaan Isle of Man membendung Covid-19.

Ini bukan kali pertama Isle of Man dibatalkan, tatkala keputusan sama turut dibuat pada 2001 susulan kebimbangan penularan penyakit kaki, tangan dan mulut.


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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. (more…)


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