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  1. Which leaves a lot of teams out of action. Bemsee would be the next realistic place for them to pick up grid spots as they generally have the next biggest club sidecar grids, but Bemsee could be chockablock as it is. I've heard a few people say 'good on the FSRA' for bowing out early. I think they took the realistic approach and to be fair, I don't think anyone blames the bosses. I suppose we'll see which other club sidecar classes fill up then! Could be questionable whether the British Sidecars even run, as BSB programmes will be packed as it is.
  2. I certainly don't. I know it fills some sort of void, but that has to be a tiny void if race fans are actually interested in watching it. I know eSports and gamer people might enjoy it as it's their thing... I suppose it keeps them all busy, but when you see a report for a pretendy virtual race it's a bit silly... just my 2p.
  3. While I do love sidecars, I don't have a favourite... As it stands, Dave is still - by the numbers - the best. He has 17 IOMTT wins among 30 podium finishes - and yes he's had DNFs in the past two years, but he was third in 2017 so he's hardly off pace. He's also won with eight different passengers... Meanwhile, Ben and Tom are on 10 wins each and to be fair, they look absolutely unstoppable. BUT, with the best will in the world and luck on their side, which we know isn't always there at the TT, Ben will need at least another four years to eclipse Dave's record. Tom, of course, is already the most successful passenger in history after the 2019 double. I'm curious to see a) if Ben and Tom can beat Dave's record, b) if so, how quick they can do it (no rush like), and c) if Dave can win again.
  4. Teesside on for testing with a limit of 10 riders/drivers from Wednesday, No Limits Trackdays back at Cadwell and Donington a week from Tuesday... BARC circuit - Croft, Combe, Pembrey, etc are still on a longer suspension from action and as far as I know Knockhill isn’t running a thing until at least the start of July. I suppose there’s the argument of “if you don’t want to go, don’t go”... but should tracks be allowed to run? Should it just be up to the people? It’ll be interesting to see how full Trackdays are for the foreseeable future - I’m betting chockablock.
  5. Reading between the lines of the ACU’s announcement yesterday, basically they’re hoping to be back to racing in line with the government’s phase three - scheduled currently to start July 4, just as our colonial cousins will be celebrating. Sort of remains to be seen how everything progresses, but I know there’s lots of discussion right now whether it’s right or wrong to go back. Some riders are dead keen to get back, some don’t want to risk it, some are sitting out. Wonder what the chances are that clubs and roads actually come back on time in line with this ACU plan...
  6. NORTH West 200 officials have today revealed that the event will not run in 2020 after plans to reschedule the race have been scrapped. Practice on the north coast was originally set to kick off tomorrow, but thanks to Covid-19 chiefs served up a notice of postponement nearly two months ago. It was rumoured that bosses were eyeing a move to a date in late summer, likely in August or September, but this morning the axe came down on any 2020 plans and fans will now have to look to 2021 to get their Triangle Circuit fix. Organisers had been looking to postpone until later in the year, but there comes a point when it's just not possible... roll on 2021!
  7. BSB race director Stuart Higgs was on the Chasin' the Racin' podcast last week chatting about a number of different scenarios for what could happen this year - including nothing at all, which he still admitted wasn't out of the realm of possibility. He said they have plans for anything from a late June start to a start at the beginning of September, but his favoured option is the scenario where they kick off in August - could be a nine round championship from there... it'll be tight!! That could also seriously affect which support classes are able to run this year. With a compressed schedule of pretty much nine rounds in nine weeks, or there abouts, it's difficult to imagine all classes having a run as usual... I'm sure a good handful of the big sponsors, manufacturers, etc are going to be at a loss... begs the question - is anyone is going to be able to afford it? Pretty serious changes to the landscape ahead. Thoughts?
  8. *THE 2020 running of the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT will not go ahead, chiefs have revealed today* Following speculation that there could be enough time to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic and hold racing later this summer on the Mountain Course, bosses have this morning made the call to shelve this year’s races. Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, said: “This is obviously a conclusion that we didn’t want to reach but unfortunately when all the factors and advice are considered we felt that it was important to make an early decision to provide clarity and certainty to race officials, fans and sponsors, as well as competitors themselves. Extremely disappointing news, but I think we all knew it was coming. It sort of begs the question of 'what's left of the road races this year?' Will entries be carried over to 2021? Will riders who only just skated in under the age limit be able to race the MGP next year? Does a year with little to no racing give more experienced riders precedence over the newcomers for 2021? It'll definitely be interesting to see how it all unfolds...
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