Sunday, 4 June 2017

ISLE OF MAN TT 2017 GUIDE

BMW MOTORRAD UK'S GUIDE TO THE 2017 ISLE OF MAN TT

 

The 2017 Road Racing season only kicked off two weeks ago, but already practice is well underway for what is undeniably the biggest event on the calendar, the Isle of Man TT.

The Isle of Man 'Tourist Trophy' is one of the most famous and prestigious motorcycle races in the world. Held on the Isle of Man since 1907, it runs on a 37.73-mile road circuit.

Instead of a traditional grid start, riders are sent off one at a time in ten-second intervals. As the race is a time trial, it doesn't matter who crosses the finish line first, but who completes the race in the shortest overall time.

Races are between four and six laps - with motorcycles coming in for a pit stop every two laps for fuel and rapid changes or fixes. The time spent in the pits is included in the overall time, making for a thrilling spectacle for those in the start/finish grandstands.

The most famous section is the Snaefell Mountain route, taking place across the highest parts of the Isle of Man. Because of the location in the Irish Sea, often one part of the course can be in blazing sunshine and the Mountain section can be foggy, wet and cold. Riders need to have incredible knowledge of the circuit's 264 corners and ride almost perfect laps to be in with a chance of winning. 

THE 2017 ISLE OF MAN TT.

Tyco BMW, the official team of BMW Motorrad brings a strong presence to this year’s TT with Ian Hutchinson, who is gunning for his first Superbike/Senior win since 2010.
With 14 TT wins and 25 podiums under his belt, Hutchinson is extremely experienced on the island.

Racing for Balthams BMW, Michael Rutter is heading to the TT following a strong NW200. The 45-year-old racer boasts 4 TT wins and 14 podiums.

Peter Hickman, of Smiths Racing, is a relative TT rookie in respect to the other BMW Machinery riders, with no TT wins or podiums to his name. This year he is aiming to secure those as yet elusive podium places.

Lee Johnson joins the BMW Machinery riders for 2017 with East Coast Racing. Injuries hindered the racer last year, but he is hoping to add to the two TT podium places he holds in 2017. 

The Penz13.com team have high hopes for Manxman Dan Kneen - since his TT debut in 2009 Kneen is a regular Top-15 finisher in the Isle of Man TT. Kneen also has countless wins in the Irish- and Ulster-Superbike championships and is gunning for more glory.
  
WHEN ARE THE RACES?

The 6 lap Superbike Race will commence at 2pm on Sunday 4th June.
The 1 lap Superstock qualifying will take place from 12.45pm on Monday 5th June.
At 3.50pm the 1 lap Superbike/Superstock/Lightweight qualifying will get underway.
On Tuesday 6th June the 4 lap Superstock Race will commence at 12.15pm.
Finally, on Wednesday 7th June at 12.45pm, the 6 lap Senior TT Race will begin.

WHERE CAN I FOLLOW THE ACTION?

You can follow live timing and listen to TT Radio Live at www.iomtt.com - and cheer on the BMW Machinery riders via Facebook and Twitter.
ITV4 cover the day's racing action every day at 9pm and episodes can be watched online and up to 30 days after through the website www.itv.com.

ITV4 TV coverage:
Monday 29th May – 21:00 – TT 2017: Record Breakers
Tuesday 30th May – 21:00 – TT 2017: The Perfect Lap
Wednesday 31st May – 21:00 – TT 2017: My Greatest Moment
Thursday 1st June – 21:00 – Preview Show
Friday 2nd June – 21:00 – Qualifying Highlights
Sunday 4th June – 21:00 – Superbike TT Race
Monday 5th June – 21:00 – Sidecar TT Race 1 & Supersport TT Race 1
Tuesday 6th June – 21:00 – Superstock TT Race
Wednesday 7th June – 21:00 – Supersport TT Race 2
Thursday 8th June – 21:00 – Lightweight Race & TT Zero
Friday 9th June – 21:00 – Senior TT
Saturday 10th June – 21:00 – Sidecar TT Race 2
Sunday 11th June – 18:00 – Review Show 1
Sunday 11th June – 19:00 – Review Show 2

We will also be sharing the build-up and results on our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the news first. 

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