TT 2017: Weather calls off Tuesday racing

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Today’s Isle of Man TT Superstock race has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

Heavy rain and strong winds battered the island overnight and continued to do so as the TT paddock came to life this morning, leaving Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson with no choice but to cancel the day’s action with no window in the forecast in which racing could take place.

The 2017 TT has been a scheduling nightmare for organisers after bad weather wiped out half of practice week, forcing a revised race schedule to be issued before racing had even got underway.

Extra practice on Saturday saw the opening Superbike race move to Sunday, with the opening Sidecar race then taking place on Monday with the first Supersport race. Despite poor weather in the morning, organisers were able to fit two clear races in yesterday before more rain came in, but conditions weren’t to improve enough on Tuesday to allow the Superstock action to happen.


With six races still to run, organisers will now have the headache of re-jigging the schedule to fit the action in around a sketchy weather forecast while also considering rider fatigue.
It is expected Thursday will be drawn on as an extra race day in the updated schedule with the Superstock, Supersport, Lightweight and TT Zero spread across Wednesday and Thursday with the second sidecar race and Senior TT keeping their Friday slots for now.

However with the forecast looking less than promising, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that further schedule changes may have to be made, including the chance of the Senior TT being moved to Saturday. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing