GARY Thompson has responded to critics of the ACU’s new age ruling for Sidecar and Solo newcomers, saying that the TT is not for short-term competitors.
Britain’s governing body for motorcycle sport has recently come under fire for its decision to refuse first-time entries to the Isle of Man TT for racers over age 40.
And after a number of responses from fans, prospective first-timers and veterans alike, the ACU’s General Secretary and Clerk of the Course for both the Isle of Man TT and Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix took to social media to explain the decision.
“The view is that the newcomer is the future of the event,” Thompson said. “What we don’t want to do is accept someone as a newcomer who may only want or have time (age-wise) to do the TT for a few years.”
“With the above in mind, it was decided – again to keep the newcomer threshold relatively young – to put an age limit of the newcomer for both solo and sidecar races at 40.”
“We put an age limit on for newcomers for both the TT and the Manx GP, and it applies across all classes.”
Based on the ruling, Thompson also says the ACU has already turned down requests for the 2018 Isle of Man TT.