2016 will see the return to the Isle of Man TT course of the iconic 205 Grand Prix-spec two-stroke machines, with the launch of a new Lightweight class at August’s Classic TT.
The new class, not for classic bikes but open to any 250 machines up until the end of the class at world championship level in 2010, meaning that top class Grand Prix bikes will be able to return to the class.
And with them comes a whole host of TT stars who made their name on two-stroke machinery, including former British champion and still the lap record holder John McGuinness.
Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, Isle of Man Department of Economic Development and a fan of the class himself, says that the timing is right now for the return of the two-strokes.
“The timing is right to introduce a race for proper 250cc two-stroke grand prix racing motorcycles at the Classic TT. They are so popular with fans because of the unique sounds and smells they produce. We are confident that we will attract a quality line up of riders on board some first class machinery for this new addition to the Classic TT race programme.”