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Classic TT will be missing when Manx Grand Prix returns


Michael Dunlop

Michael Dunlop

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Michael Dunlop

Major changes will be brought in for this year’s Manx Grand Prix after confirmation yesterday that the Classic TT will no longer be a part of the late summer road racing festival on the Isle of Man.

First held in 2013, the Classic TT lured many of the top names from the Isle of Man TT to compete on classic racing machinery around the Mountain Course, including Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison, Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness.

However, following a comprehensive review of the event undertaken last year, the Classic TT races have been shelved in favour of a return to the traditional format of the Manx Grand Prix, which has been reduced from 14 days to nine.

The event – which will run from August 21-29 –will feature five races, including a Senior race for Supersport machinery, a Junior race for Supertwins and a Lightweight race for GP250cc and Moto3 machines.

Two classic races will also be held, with a Senior race for up to 500cc machines and a classic Superbike race.

One of the key changes is the absence of a newcomers race, while the Manx GP will now be run by ACU Events Ltd – the organisers of the TT – instead of the Manx Motor Cycle Club.

“Having continually evolved since its inception in 1923, these latest set of developments announced today mark an exciting, new chapter for the famous event,” said a spokesperson for the Manx Motor Cycle Club.

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“Ensuring its long-term sustainability, we have acted not only to address the challenges that the event faces, but also to inject new energy into both the look of the event, to which we believe will lead us to a successful future that stretches long beyond the centenary event in 2023.”

The MGP returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019 following back-to-back cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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