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Deadliest Race on Earth - Isle of Man TT 2017 Motorcycle Race

Deadliest Race on Earth - Isle of Man TT 2017 Motorcycle Race Image Credit STATNEWS.COM

 

  • The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is one of the longest and deadliest motorcycle road races on Earth!
  • Two hundred fifty-two people have died racing motorcycles here. There is no room for error at the TT.

Since 1907, the Isle of Man has hosted the “Tourist Trophy,” or TT, a 37-mile motorcycle race that winds through this small British isle at speeds matching that of a high-speed train. The high-speed train has it easy. Riders here must navigate through hairpin bends, bumps, jumps, and manhole covers while passing perilously close to stone walls, buildings, and roadside spectators — at speeds approaching 200 mph.

Medical volunteers travel to the island each year to try to save lives. STAT had exclusive access to these track-side doctors, paramedics, and marshals as they worked. Two helicopters, six ambulances, and a medical response car cover the course and allow the team to respond to incidents within six minutes. (Despite their efforts, four riders died during last year’s race.) STATNEWS.COM