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Another tragedy. The Isle of Man motorway claims the 267th life

Date: March 2, 2024 Time: 06:50:47

Motor sports have always been and remain dangerous, despite all the measures taken by the organizers of the competition, and motorcycling in modern realities remains the most dangerous of all. While any car, be it a touring car or even an open wheel car, protects the rider, motorcyclists are alone with speed and deadly danger throughout the race. Even in the most prestigious motorcycle classes, fatal accidents occur from year to year.

So what about the track on the Isle of Man, which constantly reaps its bloody harvest, and the races there, in fact, are the most dangerous in the world?

The year 2023 was no exception, this time the Spanish motorcycle racer Raúl Torras Martínez died. The accident occurred on the third and final lap of a Supertwin race between kilometer 16 and kilometer 17. As often happens in races on this British island, Raúl lost control of his motorcycle and had an accident. This death was the first on the Isle of Man this year, however as past experience shows it may not be the last.

Martínez has been racing on the Isle of Man since 2017 and during that time has been able to accumulate up to 18 trophies in various categories. He wasn’t meant to make it to 19…

Photo source: Raul Torras Martinez’s social networks

It’s not a race, it’s a test.

In total, the Isle of Man track has claimed the lives of 280 people in its history, of whom 267 were cyclists. Last year, when racing returned to the track after a two-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, six people died here, including father and son Roger Stockton, 56, and Bradley, 21. That The incident caused a serious resonance in the press, and many questions about the safety of the legendary race arose again.

“We try to reduce risks as much as possible, work on security better than in the past. Cyclists are aware of the risks that come here. For them, these races become a test. We are doing everything we can to reduce the risks, without depriving them of this challenge,” Gary Thompson, TT head of racing, said last month.

However, risk reduction does not guarantee its total absence. The most terrible year in terms of death toll in the history of the competition was 2005, when the track took the lives of nine participants at once. However, this year there are still a few days until the end of the competition, they will last until the end of the week, and ahead are the races of the most dangerous classes – motorcycles with sidecars.

Photo source: ACU

Why does this breed still exist?

This question was just answered by Gary Thompson. The Isle of Man TT race is a deadly test, and all the race organizers can do on this hilly track is minimize the risks to the participants. However, it is precisely in the deadly danger of these breeds that their appeal lies. For cyclists, this is comparable to conquering some peak along the most dangerous route, and they take this risk consciously.

Perhaps the only way to solve the problem of the mortal danger of these races is to cancel them completely. However, this is almost impossible: the races here attract hundreds of participants who are fully aware of the dangers of local racing, making their cancellation almost impossible. It’s part of the racing culture, part of the motorcycle culture. And, despite all the deadly danger, again and again motorcycle racers will come here and try to conquer dangerous turns, each of which may be the last. And we as viewers can only admire how the drivers cope with the twists on the Isle of Man and hope we don’t see more obituaries from there.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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