2013 Isle of Man TT LaunchThe top TT riders are heading for the Isle of Man for the launch of the 2013 TT Races fueled by Monster Energy and you can follow the event wherever you are in the world.
The leading riders will all be appearing at the free Fan Party hosted by Manx Radio TT’s Chris Kinley and Tim Glover, which kicks off at 7.30 p.m. at the Villa Marina on Wednesday, April 10.This is your chance to hear the thoughts of all of the top riders as they get ready for this year’s TT; from John McGuinness as he looks to add to his 19 race wins through to Australian Josh Brookes who will be taking part in his first TT.Other riders who will feature in the evening include race winners Bruce Anstey, Gary Johnson, Ian Lougher and Honda TT Legends team-mates Michael Rutter and Michael Dunlop while Cameron Donald is scheduled to link up live from Australia.You’ll also get to hear from Dan Stewart, Conor Cummins, William Dunlop, Dean Harrison, Dan and Ryan Kneen and Simon Andrews while newcomers Horst Saiger, AJ Venter and the Isle of Man’s Gav Hunt will be sharing their thoughts on tackling the TT Mountain Course for the first time.The sidecars will also be represented with 16 time champion Dave Molyneux and passenger Patrick Farrance heading the field. You’ll also get the chance to get insights from current World sidecar champion Tim Reeves and his passenger Dan Sayle, and 2012 TT race winner John Holden and Andy Winkle.However, if you can’t get to the Isle of Man you can still follow the event live via the iomtt.com website, which will be broadcasting the whole launch from the Villa Marina. It will also be broadcast live via Manx Radio and through the stations on-line service. You can also tweet your questions to the riders on the night to @iom_tt and presenter Chris Kinley will ask the best ones on the night.Anyone lucky enough to be on the Isle of Man can also meet the riders in Douglas at the Motorsport Merchandise store on Strand Street at 5pm on Tuesday 9th April where they will be signing autographs at the launch of the 2013 TT Merchandise collection – your chance to bag an early souvenir including the launch of new limited edition TT 2013 posters featuring new unique artwork of the leading TT stars.However, if all of this isn’t enough you can still buy tickets to the ‘TT Launch – Access All Areas’, package which offers exclusive behind the scenes access at the launch including the opportunity to meet the riders behind the scenes at the official media launch during the day on Wednesday, April 10.The day will include breakfast reception, the chance to be pictured with all of the leading riders at a secret location as well as lunch. You’ll then be transported back to the Villa Marina for an evening buffet with the riders followed by reserved seating at the public launch event. Tickets are available at £200 plus VAT from iomtt.com or official ticket and travel agency Regency Travel on 01624 694456.
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