REVAMPED SCHEDULE PROPOSED FOR 2020 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES

It is proposed that the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races, promoted by the Department for Enterprise, will be run on a revamped schedule designed to improve spectator entertainment and mitigate the demands that are placed on teams, riders, volunteers including the TT Marshals Association and local residents. The proposed schedule will mean some changes to road closure periods and the established racing schedule.

Rob Callister MHK, Political Member with responsibility for tourism and motorsport, commented: ‘The proposed new schedule has been designed to optimise qualifying conditions and offer shorter race days, reducing the pressure placed on competitors, teams, volunteers and officials.’

‘This new format is also designed to minimise the impact that racing has on local residents and businesses with more clearly defined road closure schedules including the more definitive first weekend qualifying timetable and cutting the duration of road closures during race week which result in clearer, easier to follow road closure timetables. This will bring benefits to rider, visitors and locals throughout the TT period.’

The proposals mean the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races will begin a day later than previous years, starting on Sunday 31st May with an afternoon Qualifying Session. Evening Qualifying Sessions will then run as before from Monday 1st June to Thursday 4th June with the final session moved from the evening to a new afternoon slot on Friday 5th June. Provisional sessions remain in the schedule on Thursday afternoon and Friday evening now becomes a provisional session.

The new TT Race day format starts with a single lap ‘Morning Warm Up Session’ for solo competitors before the opening race of the week - the RST Superbike Race - which gets underway at midday on Saturday 6th June followed by the first Sidecar TT Race at 3pm.

Monday’s and Wednesday’s Race days – featuring the two Supersport Races, the RL360 Superstock and the Bennetts Lightweight Race – will also begin with a Solo Morning Warm Up Session, with  a single lap Sidecar Shakedown Session added to the running order on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s second Sidecar Race and the Senior TT Race.

ACU Events Ltd, as race organiser for the TT Races, will now submit the programme to the Isle of Man Government Department of Infrastructure for consideration and approval.

This proposed new schedule will be integrated with a new off-track entertainment programme that will be announced on Saturday 16th November 2019 at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham.


PROPOSED RACING SCHEDULE AT TT 2020


QUALIFYING WEEK

SUNDAY 31ST MAY

13:00     Roads Close

13:30     Newcomer Sighting Laps

13:50     Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

15:30     Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying

16:30     Sidecar Qualifying

MONDAY 1ST JUNE

18:00     Roads Close

18:20     Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

20:05     Sidecar Qualifying  

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE

18:00     Roads Close

18:20     Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

19:25     Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying

20:05     Sidecar Qualifying 

WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE

18:00    Roads Close

18:20    Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

20:05    Sidecar Qualifying  

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE

18:00     Roads Close

18:20     Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

19:25     Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying

20:05     Sidecar Qualifying 

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE

12:30     Roads Close

13:00     Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying

14:10     Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying

15:05     Sidecar Qualifying  


RACE WEEK

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE

10:00     Roads Close

10:30     Solo Morning Warm Up - 1 Lap 

12:00     RST Superbike TT Race - 6 laps

15:00     Sidecar TT Race 1 - 3 laps

MONDAY 8TH JUNE

10:00     Roads Close

10:30     Solo Morning Warm Up - 1 Lap 

11:45     Supersport TT Race 1 - 4 laps

14:45     RL360 Superstock Race - 4 laps

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

10:00     Roads Close

10:30     Solo Morning Warm Up - 1 Lap 

10:50     Sidecar Shake Down - 1 lap

11:45     Bennetts Lightweight TT Race - 4 laps

14:45     Supersport TT Race 2 - 4 laps

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE

09:30     Roads Close

10:30    Sidecar TT Race 2 - 3 laps

12:45    Senior TT Race - 6 laps

Author: IOM TT Races Official