2015: Isle of Man TT Schedule and Preview

The Isle of Man TT is the world’s most famous road race, and one like no other.The 37 and 3/4 mile Mountain Course has posed a challenge to the biggest names in road racing for over 100 years and the 2015 edition looks set to be a thriller.

Riders have already been in action at the likes of Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, Cookstown, Tandragee and most recently at the North West 200. There has been plenty of close racing but the TT is not about wheel to wheel combat with your competitors. Of course it’s not just about the solo riders as sidecars will also be in action.

The Schedule

Saturday 30th May

18.20 to 18.45       Solo Newcomers’ Speed Controlled Lap

18.35 to 19.00       Sidecar Newcomers’ Speed Controlled Lap

18.50 to 19.50       Lightweight TT / Newcomers (all solo classes)

19.55 to 20.50       Sidecars

Monday 1st June

18.20 to 19.55       Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying

20.00 to 20.50       Sidecars

Tuesday 2nd June

18.20 to 19.05       Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying

19.10 to 19.55       Supersport/Lightweight TT/ Newcomers (all Solo classes) Qualifying

20.00 to 20.50       Sidecars

Wednesday 3rd June

18.20 to 19.55       Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying

20.00 to 20.50       Sidecars

Thursday 4th June

18.20 to 19.05       Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying

19.10 to 19.55       Supersport/Lightweight TT/ Newcomers (all Solo classes) Qualifying

20.00 to 20.50       Sidecars

Friday 5th June

18.20 to 19.10       Sidecars

19.15 to 19.50       Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all Solo classes)

19.55 to 20.25       Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)

20.30 to 20.50       TT Zero Challenge

Saturday 6th June

16.05 – 16.45         Superstock/Supersport/Lightweight TT Qualifying

16.55                     TT Zero Challenge Qualifying (1 lap)

Monday 8th June

12.30                     Sidecar TT Qualifying (1 lap)

15.45                     TT Zero Challenge Qualifying (1 lap)

Tuesday 9th June (alternate race day)

12.30                     Sidecar TT Qualifying (1 lap)

15.45                     TT Zero Challenge Qualifying (1 lap)

Wednesday 10th June

15.40                     Senior TT Qualifying (1 lap)

15.55                     Lightweight TT Qualifying (1 lap)

Thursday 11th June (alternate race day)

15.50                     Senior TT Qualifying (1 lap)

16.10                     Lightweight TT Qualifying (1 lap)

Saturday 6th June

11.00         TT Superbike Race       6 laps

14.00         TT Sidecar Race 1        3 laps

Monday 8th June

10.45         TT Supersport Race 1  4 laps

14.00         TT Superstock             4 laps

Wednesday 10th June

10.45         TT Zero Challenge       1 lap

12.00         TT Supersport Race 2  4 laps

14.15         TT Sidecar Race 2        3 laps

Friday 12th June

10.15         Lightweight TT Race     3 laps

12.30         Senior TT Race             6 laps

TV Schedule

ITV4 will once again broadcast a number of programmes throughout TT fortnight. The coverage will be fronted by Craig Doyle, Steve Parrish, James Whitham, and Steve Plater.

The first programme will be shown on Monday 1st June. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 1st June – Young Guns
  • Tuesday 2nd  June – 130 Club
  • Wednesday 3rd June – The Beginner’s Guide
  • Thursday 4th June – Preview Show
  • Friday 5th June – Qualifying Highlights
  • Saturday 6th June – Superbike Highlights
  • Sunday 7th June – Sidecar Race 1 Highlights
  • Monday 8th June – Supersport Race 1 Highlights
  • Tuesday 9th June – Superstock Highlights
  • Wednesday 10th June – Supersport Race 2 Hghtlights
  • Thursday 11th June – Sidecar Race 2 Highlights
  • Friday 12th June – Senior TT Highlights
  • Saturday 13th June – Lightweight Highlights
  • Monday 15th June – Review Shows Part 1 & Part 2

All programmes will begin at 9pm, with the exception of the first review show which will be shown at 6pm.

The Contenders

John McGuinness is the second most successful rider of all time at the Isle of Man TT with 21 wins to his name, just five shy of Joey Dunlop’s outright record. He raced with an injury last year but is back to full fitness and took a top six finish in the only Superbike race at this year’s North West 200. He took two top ten finishes in the Superbike class at last year’s TT and won the TT Zero race.

Bruce Anstey broke the lap record last year when he completed a lap of 132.298mph in the Superbike race. He has secured at least one podium at every TT since 2002 and has 31 in total. He won last year’s Formula 1 Classic TT and has looked in fine form so far this year.

Michael Dunlop has been the man to beat at the TT for the last couple of years, winning eight races across 2013 and 2014. He was BMW and Honda mounted last year but is currently riding for the Milwaukee Yamaha team in the Superbike class. He will ride the MD Racing Yamaha in Supersport and Superstock classes. He’s had a fairly quiet start to the season but it would be unwise to discount the Ballymoney ride.

William Dunlop has been impressive in the Supersport class on his CD Racing Yamaha. He scored a third and fifth in last year’s races and had been one of the leading riders in the Senior before he crashed out and sustained a leg injury. He has had a solid start to the season but an understated North West 200. He is yet to take victory at the Isle of Man TT but has four podiums. He will also contend the TT Zero class this year, partnering Lee Johnston.

Lee Johnston was a fierce competitor for Alistair Seeley at the North West and at the end of running on the Saturday took his first ‘big bike’ International win. He was victorious in the Superstock race having enjoyed success in the Supertwin class in 2014. He is still looking for his first TT podium and he goes into the event looking strong and certainly a contender for a podium, if not his first win.

Guy Martin is another rider never to have won at the Isle of Man TT. He is no stranger to the podium, however, having notched up 15 over his career. He finished second in last year’s Superbike race and third in the Senior. He has enjoyed a successful Spring Cup and Cookstown 100 so far this year and, mounted on BMW machinery with the TAS Racing team, he will certainly be one to watch and that first win may not be far away.

Cameron Donald will continue racing for the Norton team in the Superbike and Senior class but will also make a welcome return to the Supersport class this year. He is a two time TT winner in the Superstock and Superbike classes. He is no slouch and has ten podiums since his debut in 2005. He will be riding a Padgetts Honda in the Supersport class. Norton will no doubt be hoping to improve on their double DNF in last year’s Superbike races.

Ian Hutchinson showed a return to form at the North West 200, impressing in the Superstock and  Superbike classes. The only rider to have ever won five in a week at the TT has had a long road to recovery since an accident in 2010. He has eight TT victories to his name. With practice due to start tomorrow evening, Hutchinson has been forced to switch to Team TTC Yamahas for the Supersport class due to the withdrawal of Tsingtao.

Other notable names to watch out for include Gary Johnson, James Hillier, Michael Rutter, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Peter Hickman amongst others.

With such a high calibre of rider set to compete the winner could really come from anywhere. Reliability is particularly key around the mountain due to the long laps. The weather can also play its part. The races so far in the road racing season have been incredibly close and exciting and there are many riders capable of podium finishes and wins.

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