Following consultation with teams, competitors, manufacturers, race fans and TT Race Organisers ACU Events Ltd, the Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development has confirmed a largely unchanged race program and schedule for the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
The decision to adopt the same schedule as the 2012 meeting was taken following last year’s successful race meeting that saw close finishes in a number of the classes with the Supersport Race 2 decided by less than a second in one of the closest races in the event’s history. Fans also witnessed the first historic l00mph lap by an electric bike, saw John McGuinness take his nineteenth TT title and watched Dave Molyneux climb the overall wins leaderboard with two more sidecar wins.
Qualifying for the 2013 TT Races will begin May 25 with sessions for Lightweight machines, all solo Newcomers and Sidecars with the Superbikes, Supersport and Superstock classes starting their qualifying programme on May 27. Final qualifying takes place on May 31. The only significant change to the programme sees a third qualification lap added to the schedule for the TT Zero Race, with laps on May 31, June 1 and June 3.
The race program opens with the now traditional Superbike Race June 1 followed by the opening Sidecar Race later in the afternoon. June 3 sees the Royal London 360 Superstock Race and the first Monster Energy Supersport Race; Wednesday’s packed program will again include the second Supersport Race, the second Sidecar Race and the SES TT Zero Race; June 7 will feature the return of the Lightweight Race and culminates with the Senior TT Race.
“We’ve had a great reaction to the Lightweight Race in the first year both from entrants and the fans and we’re expecting further growth in that class in 2013,” said Trevor Hussey, head of motorsport, for the Isle of Man Government. “We also wanted to find space in the schedule to include an additional qualifying lap for the TT Zero Race, to assist those teams in their ongoing and rapid machine development. We again expect to have oversubscribed fields in most of the classes, all the major teams from 2012 are set to return and we can again look forward to another edition of the most exciting road race on the calendar.”