New security fencing will be put up for this year's Isle of Man TT motorbike race after a review by the event's management led to an increase in safety spending.

The Isle of Man's Department of Economic Development's Motorsport Team says £60,000 will be invested in purchasing the new security fencing, which will be in place for this year's race and will replace approximately 2,000 straw bales.

Strategically placed around the circuit, the fencing will be used for both the TT and Manx Grand Prix.

"We can effectively amortise the cost of this fencing and safety equipment over a number of years," said Allan Bell, economic development minister.

"It represents real value for money and a long-term solution, as well as being more effective than using straw bales, which have to be replaced at considerable cost at the end of every year."

Riders and representatives from the Auto Cycle Union were also consulted on the plans.

Founded in 1907, the famous TT race has an important place in motorcycling history and is regarded as one of the most exciting bike races in the world.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800426425-ADNFCR