The All-Purpose Motorsports Thread

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As disappointing as it would be for races to be called off, you don't get bored over there, plenty of bike shows, pubs, live bands etc. on, plus the satisfaction of waking up every morning safe in the knowledge I'm on holiday and don't have to go to work.:yep
Oh for sure, the race is just the icing on the cake at a huge event

Took this video lap 2

 
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That decision ruined the end of a very good race.

No common sense at all applied by the stewards.
 

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One that I'm aware of where a young lad called Daley Mathison was killed.
I bet there were a billion near misses though.

I have to go to this. Do you need to start booking accommodation for 2020 about now?
 

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Fucking hell.

Mental sport.
Yeah. I've had talk of this with many people about this in pubs and cafes and everywhere. It's just legalised suicide basically, but it's so cool.
 

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It's not legalised suicide at all really as none of the riders have the intention of going there to die, it's just a possibility and a very small one at that, I hear it all the time "but look how many people have died" and my answer to that is - look how many haven't. Upwards of 20,000 people have competed in at least one race at the TT or the Manx Grand Prix and roughly 1% have died from doing so, so when you do the calculations the odds are massively in your favour.

If you want to go over you need to get a ferry or a flight booked as they're harder to get than accomodation, I don't usually book any accomodation, I just turn up at a campsite and pay the fee.
 
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Not been made official yet but the story is he was caught out by a gust of wind, came off and was struck by another rider who couldn't avoid him and that's what did the fatal damage.
Jesus.

And what happened the other rider?
 
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It's not legalised suicide at all really as none of the riders have the intention of going there to die, it's just a possibility and a very small one at that, I hear it all the time "but look how many people have died" and my answer to that is - look how many haven't. Upwards of 20,000 people have competed in at least one race at the TT or the Manx Grand Prix and roughly 1% have died from doing so, so when you do the calculations the odds are massively in your favour.

If you want to go over you need to get a ferry or a flight booked as they're harder to get than accomodation, I don't usually book any accomodation, I just turn up at a campsite and pay the fee.
To be fair though. 1% chance of death is pretty high imo.

If I was getting on a plane and someone told me I had 1% chance of dying, I'd rather walk.
 

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To be fair though. 1% chance of death is pretty high imo.

If I was getting on a plane and someone told me I had 1% chance of dying, I'd rather walk.
True lol, that's what makes these fellas and lasses different though, they always think it won't happen to them. At TT 2018 a sidecar race was red flagged on the first lap when a father and daughter crew crashed and were seriously injured, in the restarted race the daughters husband went on to finish second. That's the mentality, this guys wife is airlifted to hospital and he carries on racing that same day.
 
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True lol, that's what makes these fellas and lasses different though, they always think it won't happen to them. At TT 2018 a sidecar race was red flagged on the first lap when a father and daughter crew crashed and were seriously injured, in the restarted race the daughters husband went on to finish second. That's the mentality, this guys wife is airlifted to hospital and he carries on racing that same day.
Being the sidecar person has to be the maddest of the mad. Limited control, but still doing the speed and taking the risk. Fuck. That.

This might seem like a stupid question, but , what is the advantage of running sidecar? Like traditionally, where did sidecar racing start and why? Do they corner quicker than a regular bike?
 

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Being the sidecar person has to be the maddest of the mad. Limited control, but still doing the speed and taking the risk. Fuck. That.

This might seem like a stupid question, but , what is the advantage of running sidecar? Like traditionally, where did sidecar racing start and why? Do they corner quicker than a regular bike?
I have no idea how it started, originally a lot of the manufacturers were against it as they thought it made a mockery of the sport and should have been left to novelty type events, as time has gone on though they are no longer true sidecars in the Wallace and Gromit/Two Fat Ladies mould but rather have evolved into a single chassis machine which run on Formula 3 tyres, it's like a motorcycle/racing car mongrel and they do carry higher corner speeds than the bikes purely because they have so much grip, aerodynamics is also important in sidecar racing as well.