Rich Energy OMG’s James Hillier said he was expecting coronavirus to have a major effect on the Isle of Man TT but says his thoughts are with the small businesses it is going to hurt.
The TT is a major part of the Island’s economy with tens of thousands of visitors every year and Hillier believes the cancellation will have a serious effect on the guest houses and tea-rooms that rely on the revenue.
“I’d probably be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting the news. We’re all aware of the global impact the coronavirus is having so there’d be massive issues if the TT was to take place, not just during the event but after it as well with the effects on people,” Hillier told bikesportnews.com.
“We can go back and have another go in 2021 – if people get struck down with the illness, they won’t be so lucky.
“I was hoping August may have been an option but that doesn’t appear to be the case so all we can do is have a clean sheet for 2021 and start again although, from a rider’s perspective, waiting another year to do the TT is incredibly hard.
“Alan Gardiner (Team Owner, OMG Racing) has been in touch to say we’ll get something sorted race-wise but it’s obviously early days as no-one knows when any racing, of any kind will be taking place.”
“With regards to the TT, my thoughts are with the businesses on the Isle of Man that will be affected – the guest houses, the little tea rooms – and how there’ll manage with such a major loss of income.”