Inaugural Classic TT in ITV boost
10 July 2013
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.