Gef’s Morning Brief

Camper Van Fire

Last night saw fire crews in Laxey called out to deal with a camper which was ablaze in the village. Two appliances were in attendance for approx 40 minutes and the crews used high pressure hose reels to extinguish the fire. No-one was hurt in the fire.

Dunlop Rides

Michael Dunlop has teamed up with Stuart and Steve Hicken to race a GSX-R1000RR in Saturday’s two headline races on the north coast after pulling the plug on his deal to ride a PBM Ducati for Paul Bird’s team. And he will also be riding it in this year’s TT.

MD has said: ‘Stuart has always said to call him if I needed anything. I made the call and they have built this Suzuki for me. Steve and Stuart might not have the biggest budget in the world but they always give 100% and that is all you can ask for.

‘I enjoy working with Steve and I’ve no doubt the bike will be as good as he can possibly make it. People just want to see a Dunlop on the grid and sadly I’m the only left in the Dunlop family to carry the name. All I can do is give my best and hopefully win some races.’

It’s Race Course, Be Careful

The gov would like to remind the public to be safety conscious whilst out on the TT course as preparations continue.

Each year the Mountain Road course for the Isle of Man TT races undergoes extensive safety preparations in order for the roads to be race ready, including the erection of Recticel crash barriers and large straw bales at certain points around the course, each of which have been identified as necessary by a safety assessment carried out by the Race Organiser.

In a number of areas on the course where the barriers are present, this can have an impact on pavement width. The public should take extra care when passing, and if they do need to step off the pavement, please ensure that before they step onto the roadway, that they take account of the drop of the kerb and also check for any traffic, such that it is safe to step out. 

Rob Callister, MHK, Political Member with responsibility for Motorsports within the Department for Enterprise, commented: ‘I’d like to extend my appreciation to all residents and thank them for their co-operation during this time. Preparing the course for the TT is an extensive operation and all works are carried out as timely as possible to cause minimal disruption to the public whilst still ensuring all safety measures have been implemented and checked.’