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Motorbike road racing needs radical change

The tragic death of Jamie Hudson at Dundrod is the second bike racing fatality to occur this year. His death again raises the prospect of the future of road racing in conditions that were never suitable for such a sport.

Two hundred and seventy riders have been killed on the Isle of Man alone, but no one has called "enough is enough". It's time to bring this type of racing to an end. The sport needs to go back to the drawing board and plan new road circuits, distant from residential areas, hedgerows and lampposts.

The sport needs serious investment to develop road tracks with proper buffer zones that have already been tested to absorb the speed of the bikes when they leave, or skid off, the road, often causing only minor injury to the rider. It needs proper spectator zones too. It is only a matter of time before bike racing here is brought to an end in its current form. It's time to bring it into the 21st century.

harry hutchinson


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