MANX Grand Prix bosses have confirmed the reasons behind perhaps their biggest move in decades – to axe popular Newcomers Race from 2022.
As part of a significant revamp, the MGP will be cut to just five classes, while the Newcomers scrap, which has featured on the programme for more than four decades since its introduction in 1978, is no more.
While the Classic TT itself is discontinued, classics will feature in two of the five classes from 2022, which are as follows:
Senior Manx Grand Prix – Supersport machines
Junior Manx Grand Prix – Supertwin machines
Lightweight Manx Grand Prix – 2 stroke GP machines/ Moto3 machines
Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix – 500cc Classic machines
Superbike Classic Manx Grand Prix – Superbike Classic machines
Although the class structures have sparked conversation amongst fan and riders, arguably the most controversial decision has been the discontinuation of the newbie scrap.
Following a comprehensive review last year, which aimed to secure the long-term viability of the event, here’s what an MGP spokesperson said about the cancellation of the Newcomers Race:
“The review considered included the safety risk management of the event and a decision has been made to remove a Newcomers’ Race from the event schedule.
“Newcomers will continue to race on the TT Course and will be eligible to enter all of the Manx Grand Prix races.
“The Department for Enterprise is working with the Manx Motor Cycle Club and race organiser ACU Events Ltd to ensure that riders taking on the challenge of the Mountain Course for the first time are introduced into the racing programme on the Isle of Man in the safest manner possible and to align this with the approach taken for TT.
“This already includes comprehensive training and induction programmes with qualified, experienced rider liaison officers. Also as part of the Safety Management System we have put in place for motorcycle racing on the Mountain Course, we are working pro-actively on a new safety initiative to assist new riders in learning the course and for more experienced riders to be able to refresh their circuit knowledge before going back out on track.”
Ahead of a full schedule release later this month, here’s how the MGP is set to look this year:
Sunday 21 August: Afternoon – Qualifying
Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 August: Evening – Qualifying
Friday 26 August: Morning – Qualifying
Friday 26 August: Afternoon – Race 1
Saturday 27 August: Morning – Race 2 / Afternoon – Race 3
Monday 29 August: Morning – Race 4 / Afternoon – Race 5