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Isle of Man TT races begin

TT practice 31 Mark Miller

TT practice 31 Mark Miller

It’s that time of year when the Isle of Man starts rocking to the roar of motorbikes, and 37.73 miles of public roads become a racetrack.

The world-famous TT races start on Saturday 6 June, although practice week began last Friday 29 May on the Billown circuit and Saturday 30 May on the TT course.

Races take place on 6, 8, 10 & 12 June plus 5 races will take place on Saturday 13 June on the Billown circuit.

Making an appearance on the TT course this year is Valentino Rossi, eight times MotGP world champion, and Giacomo Agostini, winner of 10 TT races between 1966 and 1972. Pitched as the ‘Lap of the Gods’ both riders will make a lap of the TT course prior to the Dainese Superbike TT race on Saturday 6 June – postponed until Monday 8 June due to the weather.

This year also sees the world’s first zero carbon, zero emissions grand prix race race – the TTXGP. The Green TT race will take place on the morning of Senior Race day – Friday 12 June 2009.

There’s far more going on on the island during TT race week than just motor racing. In addition to the day-time races there’s a full entertainment package on offer too including two displays by the Red Arrows RAF display team on 9 June – one of the first chances to view the team’s new routine; TT and motorsport photography exhibitions; wing walker display; fireworks; Stockcar racing; and amongst all the musical offerings, rock legends Whitesnake are appearing live on 9 June.

The Isle of Man TT is an experience not to be missed.

Don’t forget, if you can’t make it over for the whole week’s racing, day trips to the TT are being offered by the Isle of Man Steam Packet company.

For more information on travelling to the Isle of Man check out a previous post.