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TT bidders to take Isle of Man race to global audience

John McGuinness
Image caption The Isle of Man TT races see riders compete at speeds exceeding 200mph on closed roads

Thirteen organisations have expressed an interest in making the Isle of Man TT a worldwide event, the Manx government has said.

The successful candidate will work with government to run the 2016 TT and Classic TT before taking over in 2017.

If chosen, they would also be tasked with developing a TT World Series - with current stars competing in TT-style road races across the globe.

Laurence Skelly MHK said they want to "take the event to the next level."

The Manx government has run and promoted the TT since races began in 1907.

Last year, the TT attracted 43,000 people to see riders compete at speeds exceeding 200mph on closed roads.

Economic development minister Mr Skelly said they had received a "positive response" with a "number of credible candidates."

The Manx government deemed the 'World Series' idea viable after paying the London-based Sports Consultancy nearly £190,000 to explore its feasibility in 2014.

It is intended that "test events" will be held in other countries in 2017 with a full TT series rolled out in 2018 - culminating in the Isle of Man event.

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Image caption More than 43,000 people visited the Isle of Man during this year's event - around half the island's population

Sports Consultancy director Matt Wilson, said many candidates have "demonstrable track records of expertise."

Applicants are motorsport promoters, broadcasters and major event promoters.

Mr Wilson also said "a number of international venues and locations" have declared an interest in hosting a TT series event.

The successful promoter will be responsible for all aspects of the TT including broadcast rights, licensing and retail sites.

The respondents have until 10 April to complete a questionnaire before a decision is made.

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