Italian Motorcycle Federation will see no riders at the Isle of Man TT
or any other road courses elsewhere in the worldby Sagar Patil, on
Following the death of Italian rider, 38-year old Dario Cecconi during the 2017 Tandragee 100, the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycle Federation) have henceforth changed their insurance policies included in the federal license.
It will exclude Italian riders certified with FMI from participating in the legendary Isle Of Man TT mountain course or the Macau course in the future. This includes any other road racing events that happen anywhere in the world.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock all this while, you must’ve seen videos where a bunch of chaps race around a mountain course on a small island near the UK mainland. That, ladies and gents, is the great Isle of Man TT. Where the world’s ballsiest and gutsiest men and women take out their Superstock and Supersports out on narrow public roads and race for the glory.
Unfortunately for the blokes from Italy, the FMI will not provide them a license to race in such events. This is not the first time an international federation has banned its riders from motorsport activities. Back in 1970, the Spanish Federation banned all its future riders from the TT after the death of Santiago Herrero.
The FMI released a statement in this regard:
“… following the new insurance policy stipulated with Unipol, participation in speed events abroad, even if it is codified in the International FMI and FIM calendars , are excluded from accident and CR coverage.”
For riders who still want to participate in such events will have to independently obtain the certificate of participation issued by the local organizer. Under no circumstances will the IMF be "held liable for the consequences of their participation in the event.”
Three Italian blokes are due to participate in the 2018 TT race in Isle of Man: Stefano Bonetti, Francesco Curinga or Alessandro Polita. They will have to participate as a private rider and obtain a private license and certificate from the organizers.