Mike Trimby, IRTA Secretary, has died in Misano. The former rider was the driving force behind the founding of IRTA, the International Roadracing Teams Association, initially formed in 1986 to represent the interests of riders and teams to the FIM and grand prix race promoters. Trimby was instrumental in driving huge safety advances, starting with removal of armco, and continuing through the present day to extend run off, remove walls, install air fencing, and a host of other safety innovations.
Mike Trimby also played a key role in representing the interests of the teams within the grand prix paddock. It was Mike who pushed for better financial support for the teams, and who navigated the passage through the hard times of the global financial crisis in 2008, the switch to 1000cc in 2012, and increasing budgets for the teams with each contract renewal with Dorna.