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The firm that was set to take over the pro­mo­tion of the Isle of Man races has branded the IOM Gov­ern­ment ‘in­com­pe­tent’ af­ter their deal, which was sup­posed to see them take con­trol of the iconic TT races next year, fell apart.

In Au­gust, it was an­nounced that the Gov­ern­ment would re­main in charge of the 2017 TT af­ter de­lays in sign­ing the con­tract with Vi­sion Nine but ever since then ru­mours were awash that the deal could be off en­tirely.

These ru­mours grew stronger two weeks ago, lead­ing to Vi­sion Nine’s CEO, Ju­lian Topham slam­ming the Isle of Man Gov­ern­ment on Manx TV.

Topham said: “We have in­structed our lawyers to com­mence lit­i­ga­tion. We have in­vested huge amounts of money in this process. We fol­lowed the bid guide and process to a tee. They have ad­vised us to have con­ver­sa­tions with stake­hold­ers, spon­sors, broad­cast­ers, mar­shals’ as­so­ci­a­tions etc, all of which we have done in good faith.”

These com­ments forced an ur­gent mo­tion to be tabled in the Isle of Man’s Par­lia­ment, the House of Keys, which read: “Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with other Isle of Man Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments, the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment has de­cided to dis­con­tinue the cur­rent in­de­pen­dent pro­moter ten­der process for the TT Races and Clas­sic TT Races,” read a mo­tion tabled the Isle of Man’s Par­lia­ment last week.

“The Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment will con­tinue to work with the other Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments and in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors to de­liver the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races.”

TT of­fi­cials have been in­structed not to make fur­ther com­ment, while Vi­sion Nine were un­avail­able for com­ment fol­low­ing the re­lease of the state­ment.

‘We’ll com­mence lit­i­ga­tion. We have in­vested huge amounts of money in this process’ JU­LIAN TOPHAM

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