Motorcycle Racing News Isle of Man TT 2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule | Timetable Changes

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule | Timetable Changes

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule | Timetable Changes
23-time TT winner John McGuinness

A month following the 2015 Isle of Man TT, race organizers had made some major changes regarding scheduling for the 2016 TT, which runs May 28 through June 10.

The major changes of the 2016 Isle of Man TT schedule involve the final day of racing, which usually consists of only the PokerStars Senior TT. But in 2016, the second sidecar race will also occur on that Friday, June 10.

The 2016 Isle of Man TT schedule will also feature a longer Bennetts Lightweight TT race; instead of two laps, the Lightweight TT – first introduced in 2012 – will run four laps like the Supersport races.

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule | Ivan Lintin
2015 Lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin

Qualifying has also been altered; the opening sessions on May 28 will feature now feature solo and sidecar newcomer speed-controlled sighting laps, along with extended qualifying for the Lightweight and Supersport 600cc machines. Opening sidecar qualifying will now begin on the first Monday, with additional sessions during race week.

The 2016 Isle of Man TT schedule also features tweaked qualifying timings for the 1000cc bikes (Superstock 1000, Superbike to ensure the maximum track time. The 1000cc machines will now be the first to hit the 37.73-mile Mountain course during each evening qualifying session.

Speaking of the changes, Paul Phillips, TT & Motorsport Development Manager, Department of Economic Development, says: “The changes to the schedule for TT 2016 announced today are being implemented to improve the experience for the riders, the teams and the race fans all at the same time. We believe that crowning both the sidecar and solo champions on the final day of racing will be a fitting finale to the program and reinforce our commitment to the sidecar class as an integral part of the program.

“Increasing the Lightweight Race from three laps to four is an obvious step and highlights the growing importance of this class in our race program and will ensure the riders go head to head over the race distance with everyone having to stop for fuel on the same lap. This change will also help us attract more of the leading Superbike riders into the class by moving the race away from the Senior Race in the schedule.”

“We have also been able to revise the qualifying schedule to accommodate the ever changing nature of the event and to ensure the time we have available for qualifying is maximized and prioritized.”

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule | Birchalls
Sidecar TT Champs – the Birchalls

2016 Isle of Man TT Schedule – Qualifying and Race (May 28 – June 10).

Saturday, May 28:

  • 18.20 – Solo Newcomers Speed Controlled lap
  • 18.25 – Sidecar Newcomers Speed Controlled lap
  • 18.40 – Lightweight & Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes) Solo

Monday, May 30:

  • 18.20 -19.50 – Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
  • 19.55 – 20.50 – Sidecars

Tuesday, May 31:

  • 18.20 – 19.25 – Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport (Newcomers All Classes except Lightweight)
  • 19.25 – 19.55 – Lightweight & Supersport +Newcomers (All Classes)
  • 20.00 – Sidecars

Wednesday, June 1:

  • 18.20 – 19.50 – Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
  • 19.55 – 20.50 – Sidecars

Thursday, June 2:

  • 18.20 – 19.25 – Superbike/Superstock/Supersport (Newcomers All Classes except Lightweight)
  • 19.25 – 19.55 – Lightweight & Supersport +Newcomers (All Classes)
  • 20.00 – Sidecars

Friday, June 3:

  • 18.20 – 19.45 – Superbike/Superstock/Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
  • 19.50 – 20.35 – Sidecars
  • 20.40 – TT Zero 1 lap qualifying

Saturday, June 4:

  • 11.00 – RST Superbike TT Race (6 laps)
  • 14.00 – Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)
  • 15.30 – Superstock/ Supersport/ Lightweight practice (2 laps)

Monday, June 6:

  • 10.45 – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)
  • 12.25 – Sidecar qualifying (2 laps)
  • 14.15 – RL360 Superstock TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16.05 – Lightweight qualifying (1 lap)
  • 16.25 – TT Zero qualifying (l lap)

Wednesday, June 8:

  • 10.45 – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 (4 laps)
  • 12.25 – Sidecar qualifying (1 lap)
  • 14.00 – Bennetts Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)
  • 15.45 – Senior TT qualifying (1 lap)
  • 16.20 – TT Zero Race (1 lap)

Friday, June 10:

  • 10.15 – Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 (3 laps)
  • 12.30 – PokerStars Senior TT Race (6 laps)

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.

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