The Isle of Man TT is one of the oldest, most prestigious and dangerous races in the history of motorcycling. Taking place on the winding coasts of the Isle of Man, England, this race dates back to 1907. Read on to learn more about this popular event.
An introduction to the Isle of Man Races
The Isle of Man TT is one of the oldest, most prestigious and dangerous races in the history of motorcycling. Taking place on the winding coasts of the Isle of Man, England, this race dates back to 1907. The island, which is 221sq. mi has the 37.73-mile Snaefell Mountain track for the racers to cover. The races are held on public roads, which remain closed for civilian transport during the season. The event usually spans over two weeks, from the end of May to June.
This year, the 2018 edition will be held from May 26th - June 8th. It is one of the few races to have a time trial format. The format was probably taken considering the nature of the mountain track. The first qualifier leaves the line 10 seconds before the second qualifier, and so on. There are several categories of races like Superbike, Sidecar, lightweight, TT Zero, Supersport and the most well-respected of all, Senior TT.
The 37.73-mile-long track has a different set of laps for different events, but the track takes about 17 minutes to cover. The Senior TT happens to be a six-lap race which is the most prestigious of all races held at the event and usually makes the headlines the next day.
The 2018 Edition by Monster Energy
The 2017 Isle of Man TT saw the bitter rivalry between Ian Hutchinson from England and Ireland’s Michael Dunlop. This year promises to be equally exciting with the return of Team Mugen and Gary Johnson joining the reserve Kawasaki team.
The former BBC MotoGP anchorman, Matt Roberts, will be the main presenter at the Isle of Man 2018. The main events, which will broadcast live, will have many legendary solo riders like Michael Dunlop, John McGuiness, Peter Hickman, Josh Brookes, and Ian Hutchinson, along with some serious sidecar competitors.
The launch of the races also means the launch of events; riders will be discussing their tactics and machines, showcasing new gear and offering interviews. The three-man of team Mugen will be returning as mentioned above. They will be joined by the 23-time TT-winning legend John McGuiness.
New Zealand’s Bruce Anstey, the 2016 and 2017 TT zero winner, will also join the team, Lee Johnson from Northern Ireland. Their new machine features an increase in capacity along with new cowl designs at the front and side. This apparently, has produced an increase in the cooling efficiencies and high-speed performance.
The Isle of Man event is also known for its hospitality. Henron & Brearly will also be returning this year to provide the bar and refreshment services at this 2018 event. Along with a wide range of beers, ales and ciders, they will be serving their award-winning 1907 Okells TT ale, that was initially brewed to celebrate the centenary of the TT race in 2008.
Over 45,000 bikers and enthusiasts from all over the world will converge over this mountainous island for two weeks to witness one of the greatest motorcycle events in the history of motorcycles.