RR » Practice session axed from 2011 TT schedule

The traditional first practice session of the Isle of Man TT will be dropped in 2011 as part of an overhaul of the international road racing meeting as the famous Mountain course marks its 100th anniversary.

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Fitzjnr - Unregistered

September 23, 2010 1:49 PM

This is bad news. The untimed session was a no pressure session for people to bed themsevles in. Now competitors will have Monday to Friday Only and if they have one or two bad sessions they will have real pressure to qualify. Too much pandering to the Top Teams but you can bet your life their trucks will be in the Paddock to get the best spots before practise kicks off. This is a real safety issue and I hope it does not come back to bite the TT.


September 23, 2010 1:52 PM

I understand wanting to reduce cost but doesn't this in turn raise the risk? Of all the places in the world to race a bike, the TT should have MORE practice and not less. Safety should never take a back seat to save money. If teams don't want to run the untimed session than that is their decision. But some riders especially the newer ones need all the track time they can get. Not to mention newer teams need time to sort their bikes.

I think this is a bad idea.


September 23, 2010 9:39 PM
Last Edited 1745 days ago

So the organisers have consulted the teams and other riders....

I'd like to see the list of those "consulted" 'cos the privateers (new and old) and smaller 'teams' love the Saturday session as they get to have a run out without the stopwatch adding any pressure....

This slight of hand is also going to deprive many newcomers of valuable mileage helping them learn the circuit....

It has got everything to do with the fact that this first session has, over the last few years, been plagued by marshal shortages, and the IoMTTMA has had to use the mobile squads to cover the gaps in minimum levels....

If they are serious about cutting costs cut the ferry fares by 75% for all competitors and 50% for all marshals, medics, and other UK based volunteers

FFS tell the truth we are not little children who have to be protected from the big bad world.


September 23, 2010 9:48 PM
Last Edited 1745 days ago

Well said Fitz'

All the team trucks will be there first 'cos they won't be able to get the artics in if they arrive after many of the privateers.

Newcomers and privateers riding on Saturday have also got Sunday to make changes get the setup better now they won't have a break from Monday to Friday the work load for the 'little men' has just increased ten fold.

Looks like Jurby is going to be very very busy and lots of stick on registration plates in evidence on the mountain.

....and 'they' want to keep improving safety....absolute b*ll*cks this has set safety back not forward.

If they are serious about cutting costs cut the ferry fares by 75% for all competitors and 50% for all marshals, medics, and other UK based volunteers.

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