THIS YEAR’S TT BROUGHT SE­RI­OUS HIGHS AND LOWS

MCN - - CONTENTS - ANDY CALTON

The Isle of Man TT never fails to de­liver a heady mix of in­cred­i­ble brav­ery, su­perb rac­ing and a dose of tragedy that mars the eu­pho­ria.

To high­light only the pos­i­tives of the last two weeks in the Isle of Man would be to do a huge dis­ser­vice to those fallen rid­ers.

Of course, such tragedy al­ways raises ques­tions about the san­ity of such an event. But the TT stands as a state­ment of freedom, of ex­cel­lence and the ul­ti­mate com­mit­ment and, it seems in­evitably, sac­ri­fice. The ef­forts of Dean Har­ri­son, Michael Dun­lop and Peter Hick­man are no greater than those fur­ther down the field and yet their abil­ity is what makes the TT such a com­pelling spec­ta­cle. The way ev­ery lap record was dis­man­tled this year just shows how fo­cused these rid­ers are – and serves as the ul­ti­mate trib­ute to the men who did not make it back .

And that is what Dan Kneen would want peo­ple to take away from the TT. He’d want the rac­ers to get the re­spect they de­serve and for the event to re­main the pin­na­cle of mo­tor­cy­cle sport. To dis­re­spect the TT is to dis­re­spect their mem­ory.

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