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Switzerland: Government Refuse To Lift Motorcycle Races Ban

1
March
2011
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Protests
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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You've got to love consistency and long memories. Switzerland, the country of cheese and money, have since 1958 banned racing, both for cars and motorcycles. The ban was constituted because of the dramatic accident that happened in Le Mans in 1955 Open link in a new window when 80 people were killed when a car flew into the public.

For some time now, the Federation of Motorcycle drivers of Switzerland (Federation Motocycliste Suisse - FMS Open link in a new window), together with several other sports organizations and political parties have been trying to get the ban lifted, but so far, the Swiss Senate is refusing.

The efforts including Swiss racing names like Tom Luethi Open link in a new window, Dominique Aegerter Open link in a new window (Moto2), and Luigi Taveri Open link in a new window (3x 125 cc world champion) but also motorcycle sidecar champion Adolf Haenni and Formula One drivers, presenting a 71,000 signature petition to reinstate motorcycle races in Switzerland. The lifting of the ban was out-voted 14 to 10.

The last Grand Prix of Switzerland was held in 1954 in Bern.

Can you imagine, a country with no races? That's like having a Swiss cheese with no holes....something smells here, and it's not the cheese.

Swiss Ban Circuit Racing
© REUTERS/Pascal Lauener
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ational Councillor Walter Wobmann poses on a motorbike during the handover ceremony of boxes with 71,400 signatures of the signed petition on the abrogation of the ban on circuit motor races (Aufhebung des Verbots of Rundstrecken) outside the parliament building in Bern February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener
Swiss Ban Circuit Racing
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Members of the Federation Moto Switzerland (FMS) carry boxes with 71,400 signatures of the signed petition on the abrogation of the ban on circuit motor races (Aufhebung des Verbots of Rundstrecken) outside the parliament building in Bern February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener


Via: NZZ Online and News Yahoo & Reuters



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