New major changes announced for the Isle of Man TT

Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2022 with the goal of adding 19 wins around the Mountain Course.

Michael Dunlop will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2022 with the goal of adding 19 wins around the Mountain Course.

Most notable next year is the introduction of live coverage of the event, while an expanded racing schedule from 2023 will include two Superstock and Lightweight Supertwin races, subject to consultation with the Manx public. .

According to the proposals, the number of racing days in 2023 will drop from four to six, with the Senior TT ending the festival in a new Saturday slot. The Lightweight TT will also become known as the Supertwin TT from next year, when the class opens up to accommodate more manufacturers.

New regulations will allow both Yamaha and Aprilia to compete in the category for the first time in the modern era and regulations will allow twin-cylinder machines up to 700cc, such as the Aprilia RS660 and Yamaha MT-07s. and YZF-R7.

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Announced on the day the Senior TT should have lifted the curtain on this year’s TT races, the announcements increase the expectation around the event’s return in 2022 following back-to-back cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic .

The Department of Enterprise, promoter of TT races, revealed on Friday that full live, uninterrupted coverage of the event will be available next year, showing every qualifying session and race via the TT’s new digital channel, which will be launched next spring. Live coverage will be accessible via a live pass and will be available to four billion Internet users.

Original content will be available year-round, including an eight-part docuseries and feature documentary in the vein of fan-favorite Closer to the Edge.

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.

From Sunday May 29 to Friday June 10, the TT 2022 schedule features a number of small, but noticeable changes.

Qualifying runs over 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. The final session of the fortnight, however, now takes place 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 include a single warm-up lap for competitors 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 routes opening earlier than currently expected.

In 2023, the biggest changes in recent memory are expected to be introduced with the launch of an expanded racing program.

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.

This new schedule 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 races.

Big changes are also underway for the Sidecar class, with parallel twin-cylinder 900cc engines such as those in the KTM 890 Duke and BMW F900R licensed for the first time. In what will be the biggest redesign of the class for three decades, the new qualifying powertrains will work alongside the 600cc four-cylinder and 675cc three-cylinder equipment that have long been the mainstay of Sidecar racing at the TT.

Also next year, a new TT Fan Park will give fans a TT experience like never before. With full, uninterrupted live coverage on the big screen, fans can look forward to two weeks of entertainment including live music, book signing, games, competitions and more. The famous TT awards ceremony will also be held in the Fan Park.

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