ISLE OF MAN TT RETURN TO THE COURSE – 2022 AND BEYOND
Live TV coverage for TT 2022
Calendar confirmed for TT 2022
Upcoming expanded racing program for the 2023 TT
The Supertwin class opens up to more builders
The sidecar class is expected to benefit from new powertrains
TT Fan Park to transform the festival experience
On the occasion of what would have been the senior race day at the Isle of Man TT races 2021, the island’s Department of Enterprise – promoters of the TT races – today unveiled the first elements of a comprehensive plan that promises to revolutionize the TT experience for both visiting fans. and those who follow from around the world.
Among the projects of this emblematic event, the most striking news is the planned introduction of live television coverage, which will be accessible to nearly four billion Internet users. The promoters also confirmed the schedule for TT 2022 and today announced some exciting developments for the future format of the event. The Lightweight TT, meanwhile, has a new name to accompany the new regulations, while the Sidecar class is also expected to benefit from changes in its rules and eligibility.
LIVE TV COVERAGE FOR TT 2022
A new chapter in the history of Isle of Man TT racing will be written in 2022 as full live television coverage of the event will be delivered for the very first time. With uninterrupted coverage of every qualifying session and race, fans around the world can look forward to two weeks of TT bliss, with all the action, stories and talking points – on and off the track. – broadcast directly to their homes and devices.
Visitors to the Isle of Man will be able to enjoy the richest interactive experience they have ever had, combining the live sporting experience from their preferred vantage point with real-time footage of the course.
Launched in spring 2022, the TT’s own digital channel will be the exclusive home of live coverage of the race, accessible via the live pass. The channel won’t be confined to a fortnightly TT, however, with the promoters offering year-round original content that includes eight-part docuseries and a feature-length documentary in the vein of fan-favorite Closer to the Edge.
Learn more about live streaming here
CONFIRMED TT 2022 CALENDAR
From Sunday May 29 to Friday June 10, the 2022 schedule has been confirmed and has a number of small, but noticeable changes.
Qualifying for the TT 2022 runs for six days again, with the first qualifying session – a newly expanded session – starting on Sunday afternoon. Qualifiers then return to their usual time slot for four consecutive nights starting Monday, May 30. However, the last session of the fortnight is now on Friday afternoon, echoing popular Thursday afternoon sessions of the past and giving competitors more time to prepare before the race.
The most significant change is a revamped race schedule, which will see a single warm-up lap for competitors take place each morning before the start of the race. By replacing the midweek qualifying and practice sessions, the change allows for a more streamlined daily schedule with roads opening earlier than currently expected.
Find out more about the 2022 calendar here
ENLARGED RACE PROGRAM FOR 2023 *
The biggest changes in recent memory are due for the Isle of Man TT races 2023, with the launch of an expanded racing program that promises more race days, more races and more opportunities to see this course.
Designed following feedback from thousands of TT fans, the 2023 calendar would see the number of racing days drop from four to six and the total number of races drop from eight to ten with the introduction of a second race for the Superstock and Supertwin classes.
Its introduction will coincide with the arrival of a brand new additional ship for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, increasing the ability to travel to and from the island and allowing more fans to visit the legendary races.
* The 2023 calendar is subject to local public consultation
Learn more about the proposed schedule for 2023 here
NEW ERA FOR SUPERTWIN TT
The Lightweight TT will receive a new name and a new rulebook for 2022, with the latest regulations allowing both Yamaha and Aprilia to compete in the class for the first time in the modern era. Regulations for the new Bennetts Supertwin TT will allow twin-cylinder machines up to 700cc such as the Aprilia RS660 and the Yamaha MT-07 and YZF-R7.
Find out more about the Supertwin TT here
NEW ENGINES TO PRODUCE THE SIDECAR CLASS
For the first time, the sidecar class will be allowed to use parallel 900cc twin-cylinder engines such as those found in the KTM 890 DUKE and the BMW F900R. In what will be the biggest redesign of the class for three decades, the newly eligible engines will run alongside the 600cc four-cylinder and 675cc three-cylinder gear that have long been the mainstay of sidecar racing at the TT.
Find out more about the new Sidecar regulations here
TT FAN PARK MAKES ITS DEBUT IN 2022
For those making the pilgrimage to the island, the introduction of the TT Fan Park should transform the days off and time away from the track by giving fans even greater access to their heroes. Enjoying full and uninterrupted live coverage on the big screen, fans can look forward to two whole weeks of lively entertainment, including live music, signing sessions, games, competitions and more.
The park’s route also includes the famous TT awards show – just one of the many features that promise to connect fans with their favorite competitors throughout the fortnight.
Find out more about the TT Fan Park here