Motorcycle Racing News Isle of Man TT: Senior Race Cancelled

Isle of Man TT: Senior Race Cancelled

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2012 Isle of Man TT

For the first time in the 105-year history of the Isle of Man TT, the Senior Race was cancelled.

First, the PokerStars Senior TT was postponed after a number of delays due to unsafe track conditions from the weather. Then officials cut the race from six laps to four. But after Conor Cummings, John McGuinness and Ian Lougher helped inspect the track, the riders reported that the 37.73 Mountain Course was not in safe condition. The decision was announced at 5:15 p.m. local time Saturday by John Barton.

For McGuinness, the cancellation meant he couldn’t chase his 20th TT victory, but the “Morecambe Missile” was satisfied with winning the Dainese Superbike and Superstock 1 races, bringing his TT tally to 19, closer to the Joey Dunlop’s record of 26 TT wins.

John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends) says: “I think it was the right decision to cancel the race today. I’d love to be here tomorrow waiting for the sun to shine so we can race, but that’s not an option and for me, the track just wasn’t quite right.

“Racing my favorite bike here, starting at the front and possibly winning races is the best thing in the world, but I’m also really nervous about riding the big bikes in patchy and damp conditions. It’s disappointing for everybody but tomorrow’s another day and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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