2016 Isle of Man TT Guide & Preview

It is time for the most iconic motorcycle road race in the world. The Isle of Man TT will take place over the next fortnight with the biggest names in road racing taking to the 37 and 3/4 mile Mountain Course.

The first International road race of the year took place just a fortnight ago and riders have also been in action at Oliver’s Mount and a number of Irish nationals such as the Mid-Antrim 150 and Tandragee 100.

Practice Schedule

Saturday 28th May

18.20 Solo newcomers speed controlled lap (untimed)

18.25 Sidecar newcomers speed controlled lap (untimed)

18.40 Lightweight/Supersport/Newcomers (all solo classes)

Monday 30th May

18.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

19.55 Sidecars

Tuesday 31st May

18.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

19.25 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)

20.00 Sidecars

Wednesday 1st June

18.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

19.55 Sidecars

Thursday 2nd June

18.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

19.25 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)

20.00 Sidecars

Friday 3rd June

18.20 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all classes except Lightweight)

19.50 Sidecars

20.40 TT Zero

Saturday 4th June

16.35 Superstock/Supersport/Lightweight (2 laps)

17.15 TT Zero (1 lap)

Monday 6th June

12.28 Sidecars (2 laps)

16.07 Lightweight (1 lap)

16.28 TT Zero (1 lap)

Wednesday 8th June

12.25 Sidecars (1 lap)

15.40 Senior (1 lap)

 Race Schedule

Saturday 4th June

11.00 RST Superbike TT Race (6 laps)

14.00 Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)

Monday 6th June

10.45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)

14.00 RL360 Superstock TT Race (4 laps)

Wednesday 8th June

10.45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 (4 laps)

13.45 Bennetts Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)

16.25 SES TT Zero (1 lap)

Friday 10th June

10.15 Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 (3 laps)

12.45 Pokerstars Senior TT Race (6 laps)

TV Schedule

As always, ITV4 will have show a range of programmes throughout TT fortnight. The schedule is as follows (times are subject to change):

  • Monday 30th May – Hutchy: Miracle Man 21.00
  • Tuesday 31st May – Sidecar Superstars 21.00
  • Wednesday 1st June – Steve and James’ TT Road Trip 21.00
  • Thursday 2nd June – Preview Show 22.00
  • Friday 3rd June – Qualifying Highlights 21.00
  • Saturday 4th June – Superbike TT Race 21.00
  • Sunday 5th June – Sidecar TT Race 1 21.00
  • Monday 6th June – Supersport TT Race 1 21.00
  • Tuesday 7th June – Superstock TT Race 1 21.00
  • Wednesday 8th June – Supersport TT Race 2 21.00
  • Thursday 9th June – Lightweight TT Race and TT Zero 21.00
  • Friday 10th June – Senior TT 22.15
  • Saturday 11th June – Sidecar TT Race 2 22.15
  • Monday 13th June – Review Show 1 18.00
  • Tuesday 14th June – Review Show 2 19.00

The Contenders

Ian Hutchinson, Ivan Lintin and Michael Dunlop go into this year’s TT as winners from the North West 200. Hutchinson tasted Superstock victory while Dunlop won the only Superbike race. Lintin claimed wins in both the red flagged Supertwins races.

Last year at the TT there was a hat-trick of victories for Hutchinson who won both Supersport races as well as the Superstock class. Lintin won the Lightweight race – his first TT victory – while Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness won the Superbike and Senior races respectively. They will all undoubtedly be contenders at this year’s event. The Birchall brothers won both Sidecar races at last year’s event and will be hoping to repeat that feat in 2016.

McGuinness is just three race wins off Joey Dunlop’s record of 26. McGuinness smashed the lap record on his way to winning the Senior TT last year so could 2016 be the year the record is broken?

Other riders to watch out for include Dean Harrison, William Dunlop, Cameron Donald on his Wilson Craig return, and Peter Hickman, amongst others. James Hillier, Gary Johnson, Michael Rutter and Conor Cummins are other riders who can never be discounted, starting inside the top ten. In other classes Lee Johnston, James Cowton and David Johnson are amongst the ones to watch.


There have been a number of significant headlines ahead of this year’s event. Here is a round-up of some of them:

  • A new streaming service called Inside Track has been launched on the IOMTT website. For a one-off fee of £6.99 fans can access exclusive behind-the-scenes videos. Race highlights will also be available to those in countries were these are not broadcast.
  • Bruce Anstey will race a Honda RC213V-S in the Superbike and Senior TT classes. Anstey commented: “It has always been a dream of mine to ride at MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I’ll ever get.”
  • Conor Cummins has joined Anstey at the Valvoline Padgetts team for the Supersport and Superstock classes
  • Dan Kneen has been ruled out of the TT due to an injury sustained just before the North West 200. He will be joined on the sidelines by Ryan Farquhar who remains in hospital, but out of intensive care, following his North West 200 crash. Dan Cooper – who was also involved in Farquhar’s incident – was back on track at the TT but has revealed he is still struggling with pain in his shoulders. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas’ dad Kevin Thomas has brought his son’s ashes to be scattered at the event following the tragic events at the North West.



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