We brought you this a few days ago, but in case you missed it – we figured it was worth showing you this again: In what feels like the first death knell for the TT Zero class, Isle of Man TT promoters have decided that the dwindling race will not be a part of the motorbike racing schedule for the next two years.
The Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise confirmed that a moratorium will be held to see if there is a future for the all-electrically powered motorcycle class. Recent years have seen the amount of entries to the race in the single figures.
Rob Callister MHK, Member with responsibility for tourism and motorsport, said: “As an island we remain committed to the principles and passion that continues to motivate everyone associated with the TT Zero class and the clean tech industry.
“Our intention is to have a moratorium on the event to allow the motorcycle industry as a whole to catch up on the leading edge developments that some manufacturers and individual race teams and universities have achieved to date.
“We remain incredibly proud of everything that has been achieved in clean emission racing at the TT and will work closely with the industry and with manufacturers without the pressure and focus of delivering a race format to build on the success to date.”
Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly added: “In 2019, the carbon footprint of racing at TT was offset for the first time and the Department will continue to strive to reduce the broader environmental impact of the TT and the island as a whole. Zero emission racing machinery has an important part to play in this reduction into the future.
“As such the Department wishes to hear from those stakeholders and organisations who feel they have the skills, knowledge and competence to be able to provide input into the process of determining the future look of the TT Zero Races.”
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