Motorcycle Racing News Isle of Man TT Weather Again Affects Isle of Man TT Qualifying

Weather Again Affects Isle of Man TT Qualifying

2013 Isle of Man TT Wednesday Qualifying Results

For the third night in a row, conditions on the Isle of Man worsened as the day wore on and just when practice was due to commence, rain in the North of the Island led to a delay in proceedings.

The earlier sunshine was a distant memory and with wet roads between Milntown and the Mountain Mile it meant that Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson, MBE, had little option other than to declare the session untimed.

While Cheung Wain On was finally able to complete his newcomers controlled lap on time, the main start was delayed until 7:15 p.m. local time, and when it did, all the expected front runners were nowhere to be seen as they had to switch from the Superbike machines they were so desperate to get out on to more suitable Supersport or Superstock machinery.

So it was Ivan Lintin, on the 600cc Taylor Lindsey Kawasaki, and Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki who were the first to leave the line, the latter becoming the first newcomer for a long time to lead a session away.

Other riders well to the fore included Robert Wilson, Paul Owen, Grant Wagstaff, Jamie Coward, Rob Barber, Ryan Kneen and Derek Sheils. However, with stationery yellow flags being displayed for almost a third of the lap, it was clear the riders would be doing nothing more than sighting laps.

Five minutes after Brookes and Lintin, a few of the seeded riders did take to the track with Michael Rutter (Superstock), John McGuinness (Supersport), Bruce Anstey (Supersport), Conor Cummins (Superstock) and Guy Martin (Superstock) among them.

Before long though, reports around the course were that the rain showers were increasing in frequency with Ballacraine onwards now seeing wet roads and yellow flags prominent.

Indeed, most riders pulled in after one lap citing conditions although some did continue for two, primarily notable newcomers Brookes, Raphael Paschaolin, Horst Saiger and Sam Wilson. Cummins and Rutter also put in two laps whilst McGuinness had intended to do likewise until pulling in at Quarter Bridge.

At 8 p.m., it was the turn of the F2 Sidecars who were getting their first track action since Saturday and all of the crews took full advantage of the time allotted, despite the still inclement conditions. The only exception was Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance who decided not to participate and whilst a few of the teams did put in two laps, many, like the solos, just opted for a solitary lap.

The riders will be back out Thursday for another go on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.

2013 Isle of Man TT Thursday Qualifying Schedule (May 30):

  • 6:20 – 7:10 p.m. – Sidecar
  • 7:15 – 7:55 p.m. – Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
  • 8 – 8:50 p.m. – Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)

Pictured are Cameron Donald (2), Tim Reeves/Dan Sayle (3) and Horst Saiger (88)

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Review (17 Fast Facts)

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Review: Street and Track Tested It has been a few short years since the 765cc inline-three made its debut to...

2020 Suzuki Hayabusa Buyer’s Guide: Specs & Prices

Although it has fallen behind the times, the 2020 Suzuki Hayabusa remains a favorite of riders who want to go in a straight line and do it very quickly.

Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa (Rider’s Library)

In Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, Heather Ellis tells the incredible, unexpected story of solo traveling in Africa. Here's a review.

Alex Lowes Joins Rea on Kawasaki Team for 2020 WorldSBK

Alex Lowes World Superbike News The Brit who rode for the factory Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK team since 2016, Alex Lowes, will join the Kawasaki...

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP Edition Unveiled: First Look

During the third round of the Gixxer Cup Championship at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, India, Suzuki unveiled a new quarter-liter superbike - the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition.

2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Commuter Motorcycle Test

2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Commuter Test I ride a lot of different motorcycles to work, so it is always interesting to see which models spark...