In light of an incident involving Steve Mercer and a course car on the Mountain Course yesterday evening (Wednesday) which has left Mercer in a critical condition, the ACU – racing’s governing body – has issued the following statement in relation to all racing now on the Isle of Man:

“Gary Thompson, MBE, Clerk of the Course, Isle of Man TT Races has confirmed that following the collision which involved the Course Inspection Car and a rider during Wednesday evening’s Superbike Qualifying session, the following procedure will now take place with immediate effect:

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“A Red Flag instruction will apply to the entire TT Mountain Course irrespective of where that incident has occurred. There will be no movement on the TT Mountain Course by any rider until the incident has been cleared, regardless of how long that incident may take to clear.

“The riders will only be permitted to move in Course direction under the control of Travelling Marshals at the front and rear.”

Tony Carter

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