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TT2012: Senior TT cancelled, Lightweight TT is go

9 June 2012

Today's Isle of Man TT Senior race has been cancelled due to damp patches on the Mountain course.

The decision was made following a course inspection with the Clerk of the Course, Gary Thompson, who took on board the views of John McGuinness, Ian Lougher and Conor Cummins.

Former TT star Phillip McCallen also participated in the inspection, which was completed around 5pm.

Isle of Man TT Rider Liaison Officer, John Barton, told Manx Radio TT 365 conditions were 'unsuitable' for superbike machines, although the less powerful Lightweight Supertwin bikes will take to the circuit for a three-lap race, which is expected to get under way at 6.30pm.

Northern Ireland's Ryan Farquhar starts as the race favourite on his KMR Kawasaki, but faces stiff opposition from Cameron Donald, Michael Dunlop, William Dunlop, James Hillier, Michael Rutter and Adrian Archibald.

Both the Lightweight and Senior races had been put back a day due to inclement weather on Friday and a series of delays were implemented today before a final announcement was made regarding the revamped schedule.

The Monster Energy Parade Lap involving MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow and Moto2 rider Bradley Smith has received the go-ahead and will take place at 5.50pm.

The cancellation of the Senior means TT legend John McGuinness will be forced to wait another year as he targets an incredible 20th victory.

Saturday's action had originally been due to get under way with the Lightweight race at 10.45am.

It was the first time in the event's 105-year history that the Senior was called off.


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