The famous Isle of Man TT races get underway at the end of this month.
TT fortnight, which consists of the practice week and a week’s racing, runs from 28 May until 12 June.
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Circuit and will also see Yamaha celebrate 50 years of TT racing. A ‘Milestones of the Mountain Course’ parade lap will take place on Friday 10 June, senior race day, to celebrate the 100th anniversary plus a parade lap of Yamaha bikes will also take place on Friday featuring riders such as Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and Kenny Roberts.
The TT is an amazing experience not only for hardened motor racing fans but also those with just a passing interest in motorbikes and speed.
Unfortunately, Ian Hutchinson, who last year completed a clean sweep of wins – five wins in five starts – will be missing this year, however, the races promise to be huge spectacle with regular TT competitors, such as John McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar, Keith Amor, Michael Dunlop, Bruce Ansty, Cameron Donald, Guy Martin and home-grown riders Dan Kneen and Conor Cummins all making the starting line up.
In addition to the racing, there’s plenty of evening entertainment lined up plus various motorcycle meetings, the Ramsey Sprint, two Red Arrows displays and much more.
For more information on the TT races check out www.iomtt.com
To get to the Isle of Man:
Ferries operate with the Steam Packet company – Steam Packet company: www.steam-packet.com.
Flights operate from various UK airports, including Gatwick, Liverpool, Leeds, Belfast, Anglesey and Cardiff – for a full list of airports and airlines see a previous post: how to travel to the Isle of Man.
Local airline, Manx2.com has announced an increase in its schedule of flights between Leeds and the Isle of Man throughout the TT fortnight. It will also operate special TT flights from Cardiff Airport between 27 May and 12 June 2011.