TT riders head to Japan as ambassadors for the Isle of Man TT Races – John McGuinness, ‘Milky’ Quayle, and Ian Lougher to visit Miyakejima Island. Miyakejima Island is looking into creating its own equivalent of the Isle of Man TT races to boost local tourism and the economy following significant earthquakes in 1983 and 2000. A Japanese road race was the ambition of popular TT rider Jun Maeda, who died in 2006. The trip is part of a long-term programme that saw Shiin Taro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo, along with the Mayors of two islands off the coast of Japan, visit the Isle of Man in 2006 and experience the TT races first hand. The cost of the riders’ trip is being funded by Miyakejima Island.