Don’t get your hopes high yet, for 2015, you still would have to travel all the way to the tiny British Isle. But in the near future, the world’s oldest racing championship could spawn into a world series competition with events spread across the globe.
The government of the Isle of Man has recently proposed to licence all the aspects of the TT events to an independent promotor who would implement and develop the racing event as a world series that would be held at different places around the world, for which the final race and champion would be crowned at the Isle of Man TT itself. The licensing would include all aspects including, domestic and international broadcasting rights, sponsorship, hospitality, event ticketing, merchandising and retail sales.
This development has taken place in the wake of the 2014 TT event that was broadcasted to more than 130 countries and produced a total of 402 hours of global TV coverage. Its audience reached 26 million, delivering a media value of over 13 million. Now imagine the increase in media coverage with the number of races increasing in the TT series, it would be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. Its a good business proposition.
Given the name ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ the Isle of Man was introduced to the world a 108 years ago. Taking place over a 37 mile (59.5 km) circuit of closed public roads, it features seven bike classes: Superbike, Supersport, Superstock, Senior, Lightweight, Electric and Sidecar. The event is a part of an annual two week festival that takes place in late May and Early June, attracting more than 45,000 visitors every year.
Isle of man TT is the wildest, most dangerous races that the world has ever seen. The only place where spectators see riders flying past them at more than 300 kmph on public roads, scraping knees over the sidewalk grass and grazing the roadside hedges. With these speeds on public roads there obviously dangers, fatal ones too, as there are crests, bumps, lamp posts and houses alongside the course. Its one of those events that makes premier class racing look like child play.