TT 2017: Thursday practice cancelled as weather continues to wreak havoc

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Thursday’s Isle of Man TT practice session has been cancelled due to the mist already affecting parts of the course and the radar predicting imminent heavy rainfall.

Poor weather conditions have caused TT bosses major headaches so far this week with just one full practice session having taken place so far out of a scheduled five.

While last night’s practice got underway with solo riders able to complete one lap, heavy mist rolling in over the course eventually resulted in the cancellation of the rest of the session despite organisers best attempts to introduce contingency plans including a speed-controlled mountain section.

Tonight’s planned sessions will now move over to Friday, with the forecast looking much more favourable, however with the lack of practice it is expected that changes will be made to the race schedule.


Yesterday, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson said the possibility of pushing Saturday’s races back to Sunday and using the clear day on Saturday for extra practice laps is looking increasingly likely.  A new race schedule is expected to be issued later this afternoon.

“The rain is very close and it’s going to be persistent and heavy,” Thompson said, announcing the cancellation of this evening’s sessions. “As you can see looking across, the mountain is already obscured which is already affecting helicopter operations and it’s only to get worse. Tonight’s session is cancelled; we’ll go ahead with practice tomorrow with weather looking much better.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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