CHIEFS of the Manx Grand Prix are bidding to keep their event graduates around a little while longer as they announce changes to the 2019 entry requirements.
Instead of closing shop to fresh MGP winners, Manx Motor Cycle Club bosses are now relaxing their regulations, welcoming both previous champs and more recent TT silver replica recipients.
The 2018 regulations stated that riders were ineligible for the Manx if they:
- Qualified to start in any Isle of Man TT solo or won a Manx Grand Prix race in the previous two years
- Won a silver replica in any TT solo race in the last four years
- Won a Manx Grand Prix in 2016 or 2017
(previous Manx Grand Prix winners may have be considered for entry in the 2018 Ultra Lightweight Race)
But for 2019, organisers have shaken up the order and, in addition to disallowing riders from competing at both the TT and MGP in the same year, they’ve cut out:
- Riders who have won a TT bronze replica in 2018
- Riders who have won a TT silver replica in either 2016, 2017 or 2018.
The big change, however, is that the Club will now consider entries from previous Manx Grand Prix winners from any year, including 2018.
“Our aim is to improve the quality of the entry in the Manx Grand Prix by retaining our most talented riders longer before they make a decision to move to the TT,” said MMCC Chairman Peter Maddocks.
“Should those riders find that their move to the highly competitive TT is a bit premature, they will find that there is now a route back to the MGP without having to put their racing careers on hold for a few years.”
Changes will not affect riders or passengers who have competed in a Sidecar TT or riders in the Classic TT, for whom there are no existing restrictions.
The 2019 Manx Grand Prix Newcomers weekend dates have been set at 16-17 and 30-31 March.
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