The 2012 Isle of Man TT was highlighted by many historical events during its 105th anniversary.
The second Supersport race was decided by less than a second in one of the closest races in the event's history; John McGuinness celebrated his 19th TT win and produced the first 100mph lap on an electric motorcycle; and Dave Molyneux took two more sidecar wins, giving him the most overall wins in the series history with 16.
And due to success of the year, the 2013 Isle of Man TT race program will follow the same format as the 2012 edition, the Isle of Man Government of Economic Development reported Saturday. This decision was confirmed following consultation with teams, competitors, manufacturers, race fans and TT Race Organizers ACU Events Ltd.
Qualifying for the 2013 TT Races will begin on Saturday, May 25, with sessions for Lightweight machines, all solo Newcomers and Sidecars with the Superbikes, Supersport and Superstock classes beginning Qualifying on Monday, May 27.
Final qualifying will occur on Friday, May 31. The only significant change to the program sees a third qualification lap added to the schedule for the TT Zero Race, with laps on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Monday, June 3.
The race program opens with the now traditional Superbike Race on Saturday, June 1, followed by the opening Sidecar Race later in the afternoon. Monday, June 3, sees the Royal London 360 Superstock Race and the first Monster Energy Supersport Race.
Wednesday's packed program will again include the second Supersport Race, the second Sidecar Race and the SES TT Zero Race. Friday, June 7, will feature the return of the Lightweight Race and culminates with the Senior TT Race, the IOMTT reports.
Trevor Hussey (Head of Motorsport, Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development) says: "We've had a great reaction to the Lightweight Race in the first year both from entrants and the fans and we're expecting further growth in that class in 2013. We also wanted to find space in the schedule to include an additional qualifying lap for the TT Zero Race, to assist those teams in their ongoing and rapid machine development.
"We again expect to have oversubscribed fields in most of the classes, all the major teams from 2012 are set to return and we can again look forward to another edition of the most exciting road race on the calendar."
Geoff Corkish (MBE, MHK, DED Member with responsibility for Tourism and Motorsport) says: "We believe that we have the right balance of race classes and we are consistently now seeing both high quality fields and close race finishes that add to the ongoing excitement of this world class sport. TT fans will be guaranteed another tremendous experience in 2013 and our air and sea travel partners are already experiencing huge demand for travel to the event."
2013 Isle of Man TT Schedule:
- Each evening from May 25 to May 31
- SES TT Zero qualifying from May 31, June 1 and June 3)
Saturday, June 1:
- Superbike (six laps)
- Sidecar A (three laps)
Monday, June 3:
- Royal London Superstock (four laps)
- Monster Energy Supersport race 1 (four laps)
Wednesday, June 5:
- Monster Energy Supersport race 2 (four laps)
- Sidecar B (three laps)
- SES TT Zero (one lap)
Friday, June 7:
- Lightweight race
- Senior TT (six laps)