Concerns over ferry rides and Marshals coverage
Motorsport fans have given their reactions to the announcement of the TT calendar for 2023.
The new program was announced this morning (October 25).
Among the main changes, the Senior TT will now take place on the last Saturday of the racing festival on June 10.
The Superbike TT race will now take place on Sunday June 4, the day historically dubbed “Mad Sunday”.
Following the announcement, some TT supporters raised concerns about the impact the format could have on supporter and volunteer travel.
Some fear the new timetable has ‘created a problem for anyone wanting ferry space’ to return home on Monday after the fortnight has ended.
Others describe the changes, as a whole, as simply “madness”, while another thinks those who made the changes are “out of line”.
The Department for Business insists the new calendar will promote ‘long-term sustainability’ while increasing visitor numbers and economic benefits by creating two long weekend options for away supporters.
Enterprise Minister Lawrie Hooper said the 2023 format was created “following a great deal of research and stakeholder feedback”.
It was also announced today that post-TT races at the Billown course have been canceled after 31 years of racing, while next year’s pre-TT classic road races will be held on a revised schedule in response to next year’s program for the mountain course.