Davy Morgan is the third fatality at the 2022 Isle of Man TT as the dangerous course strikes again
Welsh driver Mark Purslow died last week while French sidecar driver Olivier Lavorel suffered fatal injuries in a crash on Saturday 4th June 2022.
The event was first held in 1907, since then 101 racing events have taken place. Since 1937 the only year that races were held and no fatalities were recorded was 1982 and a total of 263 fatalities occurred at the Isle of Man TT, Manx Grand Prix and two of those recorded fatalities occurred in 1923 and 1925 Manx- Amateur Street Racing.
What are the Isle of Man road races?
The Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races are held every year as part of the Isle of Man TT course. It is a two week event each year and the MGP is seen as an alternative and learning experience for amateur riders ahead of the more professional Isle of Man TT.
The Manx Grand Prix is typically held in late August and early September, while the Isle of Man TT is held in May or June.
This year the Isle of Man TT will take place from Sunday 29th May 2022 and will end on Friday 10th June 2022.
Bob Heath has the most wins at the Manx Grand Prix (11), while Joey Dunlop is the Isle of Man’s most successful driver with 26 victories.
The event is often cited as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world.
How many competitors have died?
A total of 263 participants have died since 1911, with Englishman Victor Surridge being the course’s first casualty.
The worst year for the Isle of Man Mountain TT Mountain Course was 2005 when a total of 11 people died during the two main events: four people (three riders and a marshal) died during the Isle of Man TT racing period in June and a further six riders and one bystander died during the MGP in August and September.
The deadliest year for the June Isle of Man TT racing period was 1970 when a total of six people died.
Should the competition be banned?
With the number of deaths occurring at the event and seemingly no end in sight for a solution to reduce risks, debates have developed over the years, with many calling for the competition to be canceled altogether.
However, the other side of the argument put forward by most riders attending the event is that people still make the decision to watch and participate in the race, fully aware of the risks.
What could be reduced is the performance of the vehicles used at the events. Over 190 hp would be more than enough to power a sports car, let alone a 160 kg two-wheeled racing bike.
Reducing vehicle horsepower is one way that could ensure safer, if not accident-free, racing.