MGP rider fined for not having motorcycle license

Magistrates describe newcomer’s error as ‘almost unbelievable’

A Manx Grand Prix newcomer has been fined £650 after he was caught riding his motorcycle on open roads despite never passing a bike test.

Frankie Stennett, of Meadow Crescent in Douglas, was stopped by police on the A3 mountain road, Sulby Bridge, on July 9.

He had been clocked at 45mph in a 40mph zone and given a fixed speeding penalty notice – later that day he called officers to admit he had no license or insurance.

The prosecutor told the court it had been a “crazy moment” and the 28-year-old – who has a driving license – had “freaked out”.

“You confessed, you were quick to do so and you were very frank” – Magistrates

At Douglas Courthouse today (September 1), Stennett admitted both offenses – his solicitor revealed his client’s ‘dream job’ with a Formula 1 team was at ‘risk’, adding: ‘ He deeply regrets his actions.”

He told the court while Stennett was “competent” to ride a bike, he had not taken the required test for the roads, adding: “Unfortunately he failed to pass his bike test.”

Fining Stennett – who made his Manx Grand Prix debut last month – was told by magistrates: “Amazing work, amazing driving but no license! It’s almost unbelievable to hear.

Acknowledging his mistake, Stennett replied, “Ridiculous! “.

Endorsing his driving license with four penalty points, they also ordered Stennett to pay £50 prosecution costs, telling him: ‘We hope this is a constant reminder to do the right thing. Go… and be good! “.

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Earnest L. Veasey