2014 Isle of Man TT
The Isle of Man Government and ACU Events have released the regulations that the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races fueled by Monster Energy will be run under, confirming the times and dates of the qualifying sessions and races.
The race schedule is broadly the same as 2013 with four race days, starting with the Dainese Superbike Race on Saturday May 31, at 11 a.m. followed by the first Sure Sidecar Race at 2pm.
Monday, June 2, opens up with the first Monster Energy Supersport Race at 10:45 a.m. with the RL 360 Superstock Race at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, sees three races, beginning with the SES TT Zero Challenge at 10:45 a.m. followed by the second Monster Energy Supersport Race and concluding with the second Sure Sidecar Race.
The race meeting concludes on Friday, June 6, with the bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight TT ahead of the traditional climax of the meeting, the PokerStars Senior TT.
The Qualifying schedule begins with the opportunity for solo and sidecar newcomers to get their speed controlled laps on Saturday, May 24, from 6:20 p.m. before Lightweight and Sidecar competitors get their first laps in from 6:50 p.m.
Supersport, Superstock and Superbike competitors will begin their qualifying from Monday, May 26. Dedicated qualifying sessions continue until Friday, May 30, and there are also qualifying sessions scheduled on all race days.
However, in a change to previous years, subject to a public consultation there will be an additional qualifying session on Thursday, May 29, for all classes from 10:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machines will go out between 10:15 and 11 a.m. with Supersport and Lightweight machines scheduled to be on track between 11:05 and 11:50 a.m. and Sidecars from 11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Commenting on the change, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson, MBE, Director, ACU Events said: “We have proposed an additional qualifying session this year to mitigate against restricted practice time to ensure that machines and riders are given every opportunity to practice ahead of races. Last year we had to postpone the Superbike Race to allow riders to get additional practice time.”
“We will be consulting with all relevant parties to ensure that the additional session may be possible in order to minimise any perceived disruption to the public. I would like to thank both the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Infrastructure and the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association for their support.”
Entries for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy are now open. Competitors and teams wishing to enter should go to http://www.iomtt.com/TT-Info/Competitors.aspx to register. Entries close for the 2014 event on February 28.