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ROAD racing hero David Jefferies faces losing over £60,000 in potential earnings and appearance money through the TT being cancelled, it is believed.

David, from Yorkshire, will already be disappointed that the North West 200 in Northern Ireland is not going ahead due to the foot-and-mouth situation, but the cancellation of the TT will be a nightmare scenario for him.

He would have hoped to pick up prize money at both events and was favourite to win all the TT races he entered.

At the TT it was likely that he would have competed in the Formula 1 and Senior, which offer maximum prize money of £20,000 each for first place, along with the Production (£6,500) and Junior races (£8,000).

Last year he won three races in the Island and set a new lap record round the Mountain Circuit of 125mph.

Ironically, David wasn’t due to return to the TT this year as he had hoped to ride in the British Superbike Championship, but his plans fell through and he then decided to come to the Island again with V&M Racing.

V&M spokesman Doris Valentine said that the team are disappointed that it is cancelled, as it is a ‘very prestigious’ race meeting for them.

She said: ‘The NW 200 and the Isle of Man TT are the most exciting races of the year.’ David loved competing in the Island, she added.

However David could be back in the future even though this year’s event won’t go ahead. Mrs Valentine added: ‘He will definitely be back if he has not got a deal where he can’t do the TT.’

TT commentator Geoff Cannell MHK believes that the leading riders should be ‘looked after’ now that the TT has been cancelled.

He said: ‘I feel very strongly for some of the leading competitors who rely on the TT for the bulk of their income. Many have supported us well in the past. I hope we don’t lose those, we have lost a lot of good riders from accidents and retirements and we have to look after the people who ride in the TT exclusively.’

Extract From Isle of Man Newspapers

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