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TT Mountain Course race schedule reverts to core programme. Billown Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight TT Races no longer part of schedule.

Classic parade laps return on Senior Race Day.

Those are the main changes in store for fans at the 2010 Isle of Man TT racing schedule.

The racing programme on the 37.73 mile Mountain course remains unchanged from this year’s successful event but the Billown 125cc and 250cc TT Races will no longer form part of the TT race programme.

Qualifying week starts with a Free Practice session on Saturday, May 29 and runs until Friday, June 4.

Race Week begins with the Superbike and first Sidecar Race on Saturday, June 5. Monday, June 7 will see the Superstock and first Supersport Race classes, which saw some of the closest racing in 2009.

The second Supersport and Sidecar Races are scheduled for Wednesday, June 9 with Race Week culminating in the blue riband Senior TT on Friday, June 11.

The race organisation is currently developing plans for another TTXGP race in 2010 following the inaugural ‘zero carbon emissions’ race on the Isle of Man in 2009.

A slot has been provisionally scheduled for this event on Wednesday, June 9 following the Supersport and Sidecar TT Races.

Classic racing motorcycles will also make a welcome return to the TT in 2010 with the Suzuki 50th Anniversary Lap of Honour and the TT Classic Parade scheduled for the morning of Senior race day.

Both events will feature racing machines manufactured before 1998 with capacity for a total of 200 entries across both events.

Entries are invited and will be reviewed by a committee featuring representatives from ACU Events Limited and the Department of Tourism and Leisure.

Any revenue derived from the Suzuki 50th Anniversary Lap of Honour and Isle of Man TT Classic Parade will be used to fund the future development and safety of the TT Races.

Martyn Quayle, MHK, Minister for Tourism and Leisure, commented: “Many fans and media have commented that the TT races are now as strong and exciting as they have been in living memory and we think that we will again be delivering a thrilling racing experience in 2010.

With the addition of the classic parades there is now something for all motorcycle enthusiasts.”

2010 TT Schedule

Free practice:
Saturday, May 29.

Monday, May 31 to Friday, June 4

Race week:
Saturday, June 5:
Superbike TT Race
Sidecar TT Race 1
Monday, June 7:
Royal London 360 Superstock TT Race
Supersport Junior TT Race 1
Wednesday, June 9:
Supersport Junior TT Race 2
Sidecar TT Race 2
TTXGP (1 lap)
Friday, June 11:
Suzuki 50th Anniversary Lap of Honour
TT Classic Parade
Senior TT Race

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin