24 October 2014
Organisers confirm unchanged schedule for 2015 TT
The 2015 Isle of Man TT Race schedule has been confirmed by the organisers, with practice getting under way on Saturday, May 30 and the first races taking place on Saturday, June 6
The Superbike Race will kick-start the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy as the organisers confirmed an unchanged schedule next year.
Speculation is already mounting that the first sub 17-minute lap is on the cards following Bruce Anstey's stunning new outright lap record of 132.298mph this year, set in 17m 06.682s around the iconic Mountain Course.
Ulsterman Michael Dunlop holds the fastest ever sector times from the Start to Glen Helen, Glen Helen to Ballaugh and Ballaugh to Ramsey after a dominant performance in June on the BMW Motorrad/Hawk Racing S1000RR, although Steve Plater remains the fastest ever rider from Ramsey Hairpin to the Bungalow and the Bungalow to Cronk-Ny-Mona from his last visit in 2009 on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade.
British Superbike stalwart Michael Rutter holds the fastest sector time in the final part of the course from Cronk-Ny-Mona to the Grandstand, which he established in 2013.
Based on the fastest sector times set by each rider, the 'perfect lap' of the TT course would be an incredible 133.634mph (16m 56.415s), well inside Anstey's lap record set in the Dainese Superbike race.
Qualifying next year at the TT takes place from Saturday, May 30, with the opening Superbike and Sure Sidecar Races getting the festival under way on Saturday, June 6.
Monday's race programme features the double header of the RL360 Superstock Race and Monster Energy Supersport Race 1, with Wednesday's packed and varied schedule on June 10 including the Sure Sidecar Race 2, the Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 and the seventh running of the ground-breaking SES TT Zero event.
The 2015 Isle of Man TT meeting concludes on Friday, June 12 with the Bike Nation Lightweight Race and blue riband PokerStars Senior TT.
New Superbike regulations, similar to those in the British Superbike Championship, will be introduced next year and are likely to reduce costs and bolster more teams in their efforts to be competitive.
Every rider in the top ten fastest ever laps list will be back in 2015 for what is likely to be the most competitive in living memory with Anstey and Michael and William Dunlop recording their fastest laps year.
Morecambe's John McGuinness, expected to return to full fitness, will be aiming to reclaim his crown, while Ian Hutchinson is already confirmed in Paul Bird's Kawasaki team as the Yorkshireman makes the TT his top priority next season.
Other leading contenders likely to challenge for race wins and podiums include Guy Martin, Conor Cummins, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, James Hillier, Michael Rutter, Cameron Donald and Keith Amor.
Of the 14 riders to have clocked 130mph at the TT, only the retired Steve Plater will not be lining up on the grid next year while Dan Kneen (129.360mph), David Johnson (129.128mph), fastest ever newcomer Peter Hickman (129.104mph) and Dan Stewart (129.077mph) will all be pushing hard to join the 130mph club.
In the Sure Sidecar class no fewer than seven TT race winners will line up next year including 2014 winners Dave Molyneux and Conrad Harrison.
Harrison will again team up with Mike Aylott, while Dave Molyneux will partner fellow Manxman Ben Binns for the first time around the Mountain Course.
The new technical regulations in the sidecar class, which will allow 675cc three cylinder motors, give teams the option to introduce power plants such as the Triumph 675 and MV Agusta F3 alongside the traditional four cylinder 600cc engines.
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