Windy first session for TT

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The new and updated Isle of Man TT kicked of on Saturday evening with the first practice for this years event.

The high winds that have been blowing across the whole of the UK also affected the Island with the travelling marshals deciding that the cross winds on the mountain section made it dangerous and the session should be untimed. This took the pressure off the riders letting them just get to grips with the circuit instead of racing the clock.

New rules have been introduced to the TT this year to make it fall more in line with the racing classes used in production bike racing around the world. There are now Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes as well as the Senior TT which can be entered by any machine entering any of the previous three classes.

This year also sees the demise of the two-stroke bikes on the Island. There is no longer any lightweight or ultra lightweight classes for the 125cc and 250cc machines. Four-strokes over 400cc can sill enter the Supersport class.

The next practice session will take place on Monday evening. Click here to se a full timetable for the TT practices and races.

Click here to see a webcam from the Bungalow. You get four views which refresh every 15 seconds. If you’re lucky you might just catch a bike as they fly past, but at the least you can check out the weather.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff