In six months' the Isle of Man will once again be the venue for the world's most famous road race. To make the races safer, a new safety management system (SMS) has now been unveiled.

In six months’ the Isle of Man will once again be the venue for the world’s most famous road race. To make the races safer, a new safety management system (SMS) has now been unveiled.


A major change for the teams

As well as improving safety, the new safety system aims to ensure the future sustainability of the legendary event. Officials assure fans that SMS will not always be noticeable to them, but for race teams and drivers the introduction will mean a significant change.


Nige Crennell, TT Production Manager: “For the TT to be sustainable in the long term we have to be able to manage effectively the risks associated with the event and protect against reputational damage. This isn’t about making sure that everyone is wearing the right kind of hi-vis jacket. It’s about clearly defining roles and responsibilities. We want to be confident that everyone involved is doing their job to the best of their ability and has all of the tools and training required to do so.”


Doctor Gareth Davies, one of the lead physicians at TT: “It’s been an incredible process and one I’m proud to be part of. There may be some mourning for some of the more outdated and makeshift elements of the TT, but you can’t apply professional excellence without making changes ¬– and that’s the business we’re in. There’ll be new generations of TT fan who will embrace what we’re doing and will support it wholeheartedly. I’ll be proud to hand over this new version of the TT to the next custodians, which is all we are.”


The planned changes for the new safety management system are as follows

Organisational Structure

  • Greater clarity between Promoter, Race Organiser and Governing Body
  • Greater clarity around all roles and responsibilities
  • Greater oversight throughout the new structure
  • Greater consultation and collaboration across the entirety of ‘Team TT’
  • Establishing more effective communication channels between all parties and volunteers
  • Up-scaling the organisational team to mitigate key person risks

Course Oversight

  • Race Control redesigned and rebuilt for TT 2022
  • Installation of electronic red flag system, partnering with F1 and MotoGP supplier
  • Bespoke GPS tracking system (Tested at TT 2022, mandatory for TT 2023)
  • Installation of CCTV, giving race control more oversight of the TT Course

Marshalling the Mountain

  • Root-and-branch review conducted of role and scope of marshal organisation
  • Closer working relationship with the Race Organiser
  • Ensuring common standards with assets in the UK and Isle of Man
  • New-look marshal training designed and created with key personnel
  • Investment in marshal training, including two new online modules
  • Investment in IMC training tools, including two sidecar fabrications
  • Largest-ever marshal training programme to roll out ahead TT 2022


Equipment for Marshals and Medics

  • Investment in Air-Med provision, fitting out helicopters with latest equipment
  • Investment in Air-Med welfare, with provision of new welfare unit
  • Investment in medical response with acquisition of a fast-response vehicle
  • Investment in 60+ marshalling posts, upgrading and replacing equipment
  • Investment in marshal PPE, including essential fire safety gear

Accident Response

  • Race Control to gain complete oversight of TT Course
  • Digital red flag system and GPS tracking to aid accident response
  • Air-Med helicopters fitted out for improved medical fit
  • Availability of a fast-response vehicle
  • New common standards applied for marshals training


Accident investigation

  • Comprehensive change in culture to accident investigation
  • Improved response to any external enquiry
  • Introduction of a proactive accident reporting process
  • Introduction of an incident lessons timeline (6hrs / 12hrs / 24hrs)
  • Inclusion of pre-accident factors in investigations
  • Analysis of accident timeline and chain of events to drive decision-making
  • Analysis of accident and near-miss data to drive decision-making
  • Collected organisational intelligence to drive decision-making
  • Use of CCTV, in-car cameras and body cams to supplement evidence

Rider PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)

  • Increased PPE standards for leathers, boots, gloves and body armour
  • Introduction of FIM helmet homologation standard for TT racing
  • Creation of a technical team, trained for oversight of standards

Race Regulations

  • Reduction of starters in each race (50 in 1000cc classes, 60 elsewhere)
  • More exclusive field to drive higher standards and professionalism
  • Change to single start (no longer pairs) for Qualifying
  • Longer afternoon session to open Qualifying, easing pressure on teams
  • Final qualifying moved to the afternoon, ensuring longer preparation and recovery time
  • Single-lap warm-up on race days to give riders feel for course conditions

On-Site Care

  • Acquisition of a new, state-of-the-art, medical centre to be located on-site
  • Beginning the journey to establish an event-specific medical code
  • New drug and alcohol protocols (zero tolerance) and testing programme
  • Sports-science research project initiated with University College Isle of Man

Rider Welfare

  • New protocols to care for the mental health of riders
  • Introduction of ‘chill-out’ zone, gifting riders time and space
  • Access to trained occupational therapists

Pit-lane Operation

  • Larger pit boxes, accommodating four-person crew
  • Fire safety cover for all teams
  • Alterations to pit entry and exit with wireless timing system
  • New railings to assist with the filling of fuel dispensers

Paddock Infrastructure

  • Extensive maintenance programme
  • Parc Ferme doubles in size
  • Digital information screens
  • New time-keepers’ units
  • Redesigned winners’ enclosure


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