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Inaugural Classic TT in ITV boost

The inaugural Classic TT races will be broadcast in a special two-hour highlights programme on ITV4 in August
The inaugural Classic TT races will be showcased in a two-hour special highlights programme on ITV next month.

The show will be screened on ITV4 on Wednesday, August 28, from 9pm.

North One TV will produce the programme, which will be distributed globally to many of the international broadcasters already showing the award-winning Isle of Man TT highlights packages, including Discovery Velocity in the USA and Network 10 in Australia.

Matt Smith, one of ITV Sport's leading presenters, who currently hosts the UEFA Cup Live and Champions League shows, will anchor the show.

He will be joined by established TT races presenters Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater as co-commentators.

The two-hour show will cover all of the Classic TT Races from the two race days including the blue riband 500cc race, the 350 and 250cc race and the Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Classic event.

The races will feature a stunning array of machines ridden by leading TT stars going head to head with Classic racing specialists

Michael Dunlop, who won four races at this year's TT, plus Senior race winner John McGuinness, who now has 20 wins on the Mountain Course, will compete in the 500cc race.

Other TT stars that have signed up to take part in the meeting include Bruce Anstey, Conor Cummins, William Dunlop, Guy Martin, Cameron Donald, James Hillier and Gary Johnson.

The riders will be appearing on priceless machines from iconic marques such as Paton, Matchless, Norton, MV Agusta, BSA, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Vincent, AJS, Aermacchi and the established Japanese manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuk.

The world renowned Yamaha Classic Racing team will also be participating in their first and only competitive race meeting before being disbanded.

Away from the racing, a number of motorcycling legends and former world champions are scheduled to appear in the Classic Racer Classic TT 'Lap of Honour' which will also feature in the TV programme.

Topping the bill will be 15-time world champion Giacomo Agostini, who will be also be appearing in a special parade lap with John McGuinness recreating the 1967 TT Races, while world champions Freddie Spencer, Carlos Lavardo, Steve Baker and Kork Ballington - who will all be on the Island during the event - will also feature in the show.

Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop on his way to victory in the Classic Superbike race at the Manx Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Steve Mercer
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.

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