Go on Nigel, gives us your take on it.....
Well my opinion, for what little it is worth is the following....
Riders go there knowing the dangers, as has been said previous. The draw of the big bucks, is only relevant to the top 10 riders that are subject to the increased start/prize money.
The majority of the riders that ride there are not professional, but ride mainly for fun, and are drawn to the buzz and thrill of the place. This being similar to base jumpers, extreme skiers, free climbers etc., who often risk or lose there life for little or no monitry gain, but have huge adrenalin highs from doing what they love.
I think that banning racing there is an insult to the intelligence of the individual, who knows the risks involved.
I do however think that Superbikes are just too powerful these days, and a restriction of engine size maybe something that could be looked at.
I never raced there myself, as my own thoughts at the time was that the risks were too high, and I tended to be a bit of a crasher.
I mechanicced for Gavin Lee, a good mate of mine, over there in 1998, and was in awe of the place, its atmosphere, and the awesome parts of the track. I was also amazed at how dire other parts of the track were, but as Gavin said at the time, the throttle goes both ways!, the irony of that was that he was killed the following year at the southern 100, when he got caught up in another rider's crash.
I have lost some real good mate's to the island, and had recently got to know Paul Dobbs, as most of you know was sadly killed this year. Paul had a real passion fro the place, and had even named one of his children after a section of the circuit. Where the tradegy lies is with what you leave behind, we know the risks.
As for Digger's comment, good on him, if that is what he genuinly believes, then he is entitled to say so. One person's opinion will not change anything.
I'm not saying my opinion is right either, its just how i perceive it.
(I'll await the barrage of reply!)