Isle Of Man Gives Their Take On TT Zero Replacement Of TTXGP [UPDATED]

02/08/2010 @ 8:29 am, by John Adamo10 COMMENTS

Isle Of Man Gives Their Take On TT Zero Replacement Of TTXGP [UPDATED] TT Zero logo

Late last month it was announced that the eGrandPrix who ran the 2009 TTXGP clean emission race at Isle Of Man TT would be replaced by TT Zero. TT Zero would be run without the involvement of eGrandPrix and instead the responsibilities would be split among the IOM Department of Tourism And Leisure and the ACU. Speculation followed about the FIM’s role in the TTXGP’s departure and the reasons for TT Zero coming into existence.

The Isle Of Man issued a statement in response to speculation on why TTXGP was replaced by TT Zero at the Isle Of Man TT for 2010. We are waiting for a response from TTXGP which we will add to this post. Please check back for updates. Click the break to see the full statement from the Isle Of Man.

Update: A response from TTXGP is posted at the end of this blog post.

Statement From The Isle Of Man Government Regarding TT Zero And TTXGP Ltd:
Following speculation and unsubstantiated claims regarding The Isle of Man Government’s decision to run their own clean emissions event as part of the 2010 TT races, The Isle of Man Government’s Department of Tourism and Leisure wishes to put on record the facts regarding their decision.

The Department began formal negotiations with the TTXGP Ltd team in July 2009 with a view to running another clean emissions event on The Isle of Man in 2010. On 2 September 2009, the Department formally agreed in principle to run an event and this was confirmed in writing to TTXGP Ltd. A proposal, including a financial support package, was communicated to the TTXGP team on 7th October, 2009. This proposal was rejected by the TTXGP Ltd management team. Subsequent to the original proposal TTXGP Ltd announced in late November, 2009 – without prior consultation with the Department – their plans for an event in Paris which conflicted with the TT period and effectively prevented TTXGP from participating in the allotted schedule in TT 2010.

On 21st December 2009 TTXGP Ltd advised the Department that due to their plans for Paris and their consequent inability to participate in the scheduled race in TT 2010, they proposed not to have a clean emissions race in TT 2010 and would aim to come back to the TT in 2011. TTXGP were advised that if they could not reschedule their proposed Paris event, in order to attend TT 2010 for the scheduled date, the Department would develop and manage its own clean emissions race. This was confirmed to TTXGP Ltd on 24th December, and subsequently a meeting between the Department and TTXGP Ltd was held on 15th January 2010.

TTXGP Ltd were invited to reconsider their position regarding the Paris event to enable their participation in TT 2010 on the scheduled date, but declined the opportunity to do so. The Isle of Man Government then confirmed its intention to organize its own clean emissions event and would provide a press release to TTXGP Ltd for any comments. At the request of TTXGP Ltd, the Isle of Man Government deferred the issue of its press release. Immediately after 15th January, the Isle of Man Government initiated its contingency plan in order to organise its own clean emissions race.

The Isle of Man Government made a significant investment in the TTXGP in 2009, both financially and through officer time across a number of departments. In order to protect this investment, the Isle of Man Government’s Council of Ministers decided that if the Department was unable to reach agreement with TTXGP Ltd that it should run its own event. Regulations for the new event, TT Zero, were issued this week. This race will be run as a stand-alone class as part of the 2010 Isle of Man TT races meeting.

The Department is confident that with the support of the teams and riders, and the experienced third party agencies that are involved with running the TT Races, they can build on the 2009 TTXGP race.

The teams and riders will now have direct access to funds from the Isle of Man Government to assist with their travel and other costs associated with their participation and will also benefit from the integral association with the TT races that the event will now have.

The Isle of Man Government remains totally committed to clean emission motorcycle racing and the development of the technology that is associated with clean emission machines.

TTXGP’s Azhar Hussain’s response to the Isle Of Man statement:

I can only say that we are sorry that we won’t be there. I want to say deep heartfelt thank you to the many many people from the Isle of Man who have sent us messages of support and encouragement.

I can confirm the question of Paris or issues of financial packages were not factors in the decision making and am disappointed that it is being suggested so. We remain surprised about the decision as we did everything possible to make this happen. The decision to downgrade the zero carbon class and replace it with a vintage bike parade was made solely by the Isle of Man.

Moving forward, we are totally committed to the success of all our stakeholders and are building partnerships to spark a thriving and self sustaining eco-system around zero carbon motorsports and transportation. The economic and technical dividend in working with TTXGP is tangible, achievable and timely. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing with you what that means. TTXGP is an open invitation to be on the grid for next generation of motorsports. We welcome all to be part of it.

Source: Plugbike

Comment:

  1. RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Isle Of Man Gives Their Take On TT Zero Replacement Of TTXGP – http://bit.ly/ccqnlf #motorcycle

  2. do you think we are stupid? says:

    i smell BS… tinged with desperation. TTXGP 2009 took place on the morning of friday, the senior race day with two practise laps on Monday and Wednesday… roll forward 2010 – the Paris event is scheduled the weekend before the main race week of the TT; i can;t see a clash? Would seem to me to make perfect sense for teams flying in from all over the world to benefit from double exposure at two major EV motorsport events over two consequtive weeks. Paris on Saturday, move all bikes and teams to IOM on Sunday, followed by IOM practise on Monday and Wednesday and race on friday – wouldn;t the TT also benefit from the addional exposure the paris event gives one of their classes? Or am i missing something?

    TTXGP has yet to make any offical statement beyond expressing their utter disppointment at the IOM decision – and this is yet another release trying to explain/justify the IOM position… why are they so defensive? it is because they know they are in the line of fire and the TT zero looks likely to be a major flop – are they already lining up excuses.

  3. Brammofan says:

    TTXGP did release a statement. (Jensen – check MCN).
    The Paris event is all about cars. Any motorcycles that were going to appear would have been those that, for one reason or other, couldn’t make it to IOM. It was an exhibition event, not part of the racing series – no points, etc.

  4. Isle Of Man Gives Their Take On TT Zero Replacement Of TTXGP http://bit.ly/cRuzst

  5. TTXGP_stays_classy says:

    Somebody at TTXGP responding to Isle of Man, from MCN.

    “I can only say that we are sorry that we won’t be there. I want to say deep heartfelt thank you to the many many people from the Isle of Man who have sent us messages of support and encouragement.

    “I can confirm the question of Paris or issues of financial packages were not factors in the decision making and am disappointed that it is being suggested so. We remain surprised about the decision as we did everything possible to make this happen. The decision to downgrade the zero carbon class and replace it with a vintage bike parade was made solely by the Isle of Man.

    “Moving forward, we are totally committed to the success of all our stakeholders and are building partnerships to spark a thriving and self sustaining eco-system around zero carbon motorsports and transportation. The economic and technical dividend in working with TTXGP is tangible, achievable and timely. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing with you what that means. TTXGP is an open invitation to be on the grid for next generation of motorsports. We welcome all to be part of it.”

  6. RT@asphalt_rubber:Isle Of Man Gives Their Take On TT Zero Replacement Of TTXGP – http://bit.ly/ccqnlf #motorcycle

  7. Brammofan says:

    My apologies to skadamo… I told Jensen to check MCN because I thought this was his article. Sorry.
    To @TTXGP_stays_classy: that “somebody” at TTXGP was the Czar… Azhar.

  8. Matt Hubbell says:

    If the IOM can not fix this, I think the TTXGP should take their teams and look at promoting a new endurance race like the IOMTT at a new venue, maybe Nova Scotia. Endurance needs to be a part of the series.

  9. Sean Mitchell says:

    I’m amazed at how worked up everybody is over this. Guess I’m just an ignant redneck who thanks ‘lectric racin’s kinda dum…

  10. Isle of Man issues statement responding to speculation on replacement of TTXGP http://tinyurl.com/yhpjyzo