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06 June 2014 17:40
Has the isle of man become too dangerous?
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TT and any other road race be in NW200, Macau or where ever, they face the very same dangers as any of us who ride bikes on public roads. If you come off there will invariably be something very solid within a couple of feet after hitting the deck. It could be a kerb, garden wall, a pub or an Armco barrier. If skin and bone hits them at a high speed it will never be a good outcome…and it is that issue more so than the falling off the bike because helmet, leathers, boots and gloves are very good at protecting us and making that safer, though not any more pleasant! And that has always been the big difference between the roads and tracks. Short circuit racing with exactly the same bikes and sometimes the same riders is far less dangerous because of the comparatively huge space and run off areas that now encompass most tracks around the world. When a rider comes off the bike there is a very good chance they will slide and slow down in a relatively safe space.
True the bikes are better now and the tyres are better but that also makes them a lot faster and yet they are going around the same roads they were years ago when the average speed a lap was far less. So the TT is no more dangerous as an actual route but the risk escalates each year the bikes get faster. It is only a very select few riders on the planet who ride are capable of riding these beasts at their very limit and are still within their own limits, sadly more often than not the bikes are more advanced than the riders and it is the rider who reaches his limit before the bike and that is often the reason for the accident, the bikes speed is more than the rider can handle.
Rallying fatalities is a different matter where safety is concerned, because its spectators at these events that are more often hurt than the competitors due to the nature of the fans. They seem to want to be standing almost in the road and on the very edges when they speeding cars come past. Ironically they tend to be stood in the space where the cars should need the run off area if they do make a mistake.
Ultimatley anyone who goes to the island love road racing and are fully aware of the risks, they are as protected as possible but the combination of superfast guys on superfast bikes on normal roads is a big deal. those who do it are extremely brave and deserve massive respect and those who enjoy watching it say its far better than circuit racing. Personally I can't say I enjoy watching it, but have massive admiration for those who love it and do it.
14 June 2014 22:08
MCN LOVES the TT
I don't understand why some are interpreting this poll as a dig at the TT. MCN and its staff LOVE the TT and a poll like this simply arms the paper with the hard fact a vast majority of its readers concur. It's not about knocking the TT, it's about equipping itself with the info it needs (beyond its own love and support of the event) to pre-emptively defend the event from its inevitable critics. (Please note despite my username I no longer work for MCN.)
12 June 2014 11:51
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11 June 2014 18:50
I made a comment on the Karl Harris death report page last week.
I stand by it.
I think between them that kcmc and rogerborg hit the nail nicely on the head with a stunning ironic hammer.
BTW, kcmc omits to mention that nine out of ten of the world's most dangerous animals live in Oz, including the aussie version of the male of the human species... ;-)
11 June 2014 11:28
of any type is by nature evolutionary. Technology doesn't stand still (Harley excepted), so engineers will find ways to make something go faster, more economically, and stop shorter than the previous version.
Bikes have become faster, and riders have had to develop their skills to keep pace, and it's obvious that some are better than others at that.
3 spectators were killed at the Jim Clark Memorial rally a couple of weeks ago. While the investigation is still ongoing, there has not been any suggestion of banning the rally, so perhaps MCN are jumping the gun a little.
That being said, the TT will have a limit. The laws of physics will determine just what that limit is, but I don't think that we've reached it yet. However, when that limit is exceeded, it's going to be at a very high speed, and the consequences don't bear thinking about.
50 years ago, when its crappy tyres lost their grip, a bike might have left the road at 100 mph. Now they are going at more than 200 mph, so the potential damage to the rider and spectators is vastly different.
Attitudes change over time. The crash at Le Mans in 1955 killed 83 spectators, and saw Mercedes pull out of motorsports for so long, but the race still goes on. It is also partly held on public roads, and the speeds keep climbing. Chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight were installed to keep speeds down, but the cars are still doing 230 mph, and while people moaned about it at the time, the chicanes have not really diluted the spectacle, or diminished interest in the event.
There is a big difference between cars and bikes though, and that is driver/rider safety. Drivers can survive a high speed impact with a barrier that would kill a rider. Safety cage, seat belts, HANS device etc all contribute to driver safety, but the rider only has his helmet and perhaps an airbag suit.
As far as I know, there has been no suggestion at all from government to ban the TT. I think it barely registers with Westminster. The IOM government would commit political suicide if it made any such suggestion.
That being said, the question will arise in political circles one day, so I hope that the organisers are ready for it. Heaven help the TT when a Daily Mail reader gets hurt......................
11 June 2014 09:30
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