Roads: New Isle of Man TT schedule and live stream revealed

More races, more coverage and more access.  The TT is changing.

More races, more coverage and more access. The TT is changing.


From 2022, the Isle of Man TT is set to experience the biggest and most important era of change and development ever undertaken at the event.

While the lack of races in 2020 and 2021 has been a blow to riders, teams and fans, TT organizers have remained motivated and embarked on a vast process of improvement and are now ready to make improvements. far-reaching changes in order to develop all areas. of the event.

For 2022, the main changes are a new Fan Park, revised technical regulations in the Sidecar and Lightweight classes – which now become Supertwins. But while this gives fans more of what they want in terms of competitive racing, the news that is making the headlines is that there will be live coverage airing on TT’s own channel.

TT boss Paul Phillips explains:

“Delivering everything live is huge, but it’s not streaming. It’s two helicopters, a massive amount of stationary cameras, sidewalk cameras, graphics packages, an on-site studio, more presenter skills. If you are a TT fan this will blow your mind and exceed your expectations.

TT’s current fan base is estimated at around three million. From 2022, anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch TT on the OTT channel – that’s four billion people and counts with a mix of free and paid content available. With traditional highlight packages continuing to operate on TV.

While live training and race coverage will take the entire event to another level in 2022, even bigger changes are planned for 2023. Most important is a brand new schedule that will see two weekends. Racing ends with the Senior TT Blue Ribbon from Friday through Saturday, meaning that for the first time the racing action will take place over two weekends. There is also the addition of two more races, increasing the schedule from eight to 10 races with the addition of a second Superstock race and a second Supertwins race.

“The changes we’re making are for the fans because they’ve told us what they like and what they don’t like.” Phillips explained. “What they like are TT races and we’re going to give them more. They love access and we will give them more. They don’t like long days so we’re going to shorten them, they don’t like not racing on the track so we’re going to stop that and they don’t like the over-marketing of the event so we’re going to adjust that. “

“18 months without a race gave us time to implement changes. We did not sit down and rest on our laurels. TT is not expected to be any different after two years away. But I hope what we’re going to do is bring it back and it’ll be a lot better than before.

But while there is a clear motivation to improve the event and make it bigger and better, there is also a clear desire not to lose the history and culture in terms of the runners that make it such a unique and special event. .

“Ultimately, our success depends on sustaining this culture. Phillips continued. “I think nature and the inherent risk attracts these types of runners who are unusual and I don’t really see that changing. We don’t want to change that. Fans now expect more in-depth access no matter what sport they play in. We have to deliver behind the scenes what the fans are interested in. Runners like Peter Hickman, Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness deserve to be very, very internationally known for what they do because they are brave, interesting and incredibly talented.

Strong points

Every round live – Live TV coverage will be state-of-the-art with helicopters, on-screen graphics, rear view cameras, an on-site studio and show every lap from the first practice to the last lap of the Senior TT

High technology – New technical regulations for 2022 in Sidecar and Lightweight to allow different engine configurations and capacities. Two more races (second Superstock and Supertwin) added in 2023 bringing the total to 10. Possible switch to new Supersport rules in 2023 with the inclusion of larger capacity twins such as the Ducati V2.

New program – The 2023 race program will last eight days and will have ten races. Two races on Saturday, one race on Sunday, two on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, two on Friday with the Senior TT on Saturday. The number of laps for each race has not yet been confirmed.

New ferry – All new ferries will go into service in 2023, which, in addition to existing ferries, will bring 3,000 additional people on and off the island each day during the two-week event. A huge advantage in getting the fans off the island once the race is over.

Best accommodation – 46,000 people attend the TT each year. The objective is not to increase the number of peaks but to improve travel and accommodation to maintain a high number throughout the event and avoid the huge drop which sees 2/3 of the fans leaving before the Senior TT lighthouse.

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