The official 2017 Isle of Man TT schedule was released Monday, six months before the world’s most challenging road race begins on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.The schedule remains unchanged from the 2016 Isle of Man TT. Practice takes place Saturday, May 27, through Friday, June 2, from 6:20 – 8:50 p.m. daily (local time).
The race action begins Saturday, June 3, and wraps up Friday, June 9:Saturday, June 3 (local time):
RST Superbike TT Race, 11 a.m.
Sure Sidecar TT Race 1, 2 p.m.
Monday, June 5
Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1, 10:45 a.m.
RL 360 Quantum Superstock Race, 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7
Monster Energy Supersport TT Race, 10:45 a.m.
Bennetts Lightweight TT Race, 2:15 p.m.
SES TT Zero Race, 4:20 p.m.
Friday, June 9
Sure Sidecar TT Race 2, 10:15 a.m.
PokerStars Senior TT Race, 12:30 p.m.
The 2016 Isle of Man TT dominated by BMW in the literbike classes, and Yamaha in the supersport races. Michael Dunlop won the PokerStars Senior TT and the RST Superbike TT aboard S1000RR machinery, and Ian “Hutchy” Hutchinson the RL Superstock TT, also aboard an S1000RR. Both also set new records along with way.Dunlop–the nephew of the late Joey Dunlop–became the first rider in history to finish a race in under 17 minutes after dominating the opening RST Superbike race. Then, en route to his 13th career TT win, the Senior TT, Dunlop set another outright lap record: a 1:33.962mph (previous 132.701mph, John McGuinness, Honda CBR1000RR).[Visit the Ultimate MotorCycling Isle of Man TT page]The questions is, who will achieve the first-over 1:345 lap record? Is this on the 2017 Isle of Man TT schedule?Besides winning the 2016 Superstock race, Hutchinson also dominated both Monster Energy Supersport races aboard Yamaha YZF-R6 machinery. This brought his record of total TT wins to 14, tying him with Mike Hailwood for fourth overall behind Dave Molyneux (17), John McGuinness (23) and the late Joey Dunlop (26).Every year the TT grows, and over 40,000 fans headed to the Isle of Man, which sits in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland. The official TT website says there’s no better time to immerse in everything TT than now: “ With travel and accommodation options, brand new grandstand seating, a choice of special events to attend and VIP hospitality available every race day, fans can build their own TT experience, bringing them ever closer to the action and closer to their heroes.”For additional information on traveling to the TT, visit the IOMTT website.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!