NEW MOTORBIKE RACE COULD COME TO THE WEST WIGHT THIS OCTOBER

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Motorsport fans reeling in the wake of the postponement of the much-anticipated Diamond Races – which were due to take place in October – may have a reprieve, as plans are considered for a new motorcycle race in the West Wight: the Isle of Wight Road Races.

Details on the event have so far been relatively sketchy, even months after it was first announced just a day after the Diamond Races cancellation. The IWRR is said to be a separate event, with a different route, and a different team behind it – rumoured to include once big-time Island events hosts Rob and Josie Da Bank.

Tapnell Farm is to be the base for the 4-day event between the 20th-24th October 2021, and there are set to be some stark differences from the Diamond Races, namely the IWRR being based around a 15 competitor race instead of a time trial. Motorbikes would be racing through Brook, Chesselll, Tapnell, Freshwater Bay, and Compton.

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If plans are approved, the races would see some of the main arterial roads in the West Wight closed between 10:30 and 17:30 each day, with diversions in place for motorists and local buses.

Not only must the event reach local approval, but also that of race body ACU – the commercial arm of the Auto Cycle Union – which would be responsible for organising the race. Gary Thompson MBE BEM is expected to be the clerk of the course, a role which he was also to undertake for the Diamond Races.

Organisers expect the IWRR to attract 10,000 spectators in its first year, but some residents of the West Wight believe that the disruption that would be caused by the preparations needed – including the removal of all street furniture on the course, along with road signs and cats eyes along the entire route – outweighs the benefits.

A letter was sent to all parish councils affected by the proposals by the organisers, explaining their intentions to begin consultation with residents last month. The event and the plans submitted was discussed at last night’s parish council meetings (Tuesday). A meeting is expected to take place with the Safety Advisory Group this week.

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truth outs
truth outs
9 days ago

At least the roads would be closed unlike all the cycle races that use West Wight roads as their race track. Before the haters come on and say there are no cycle races on the island, well, of course, the organisers would never call them that.

Lets have something different that appeals to spectators and not just accommodating the lycras.

Jiffi
Jiffi
9 days ago

Wait for the moans ………

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
9 days ago

1st moan coming up. Bad idea, it will just encourage more idiots speeding along that stretch of road.

fred
fred
9 days ago

This is good, more events is what the island needs not more second home owners.

RTB
RTB
9 days ago

Just let those that pay the rates in the West Wight have the last say!

Hard hat harry
Hard hat harry
Reply to  RTB
9 days ago

Why ? Do they own the road ?

Hard hat harry
Hard hat harry
9 days ago

This is great .but the woke green nimby Nazis will probably get their way , and stop it .

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Hard hat harry
8 days ago

correct – why should we be encouraging people to race around on bikes, polluting the atmosphere unnecessarily. These bike riders aren’t even making a justifiable journey from one place to another – just racing around to see who gets to a particular point first – pointless pollution.

make the bikes electric, without wrecking the environment in some african country to obtain the minerals for the batteries and then I will agree with a race.

Ryde News
Ryde News
Reply to  isle of wighter
8 days ago

Have you got mung beans kale and lentil soup for dinner Isle of wighter? Lols…

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Ryde News
8 days ago

no – i just cannot see the logic to intentionally polluting the atmosphere by racing internal combustion engine bike around the island for no reason whatsover.

there is nothing positive about polluting the environment – we are supposed to be reducing carbon emissions, however, sod the environment for a bike race eh.

JHVF
JHVF
9 days ago

Keep death off the roads

Beard
Beard
8 days ago

Can’t wait bring it on…. This is exactly what the island needs… I’m not saying all the time but big events every so often is great for small business and people to enjoy… Yes it does put people out for a short time but it’s not forever get it on

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