Every nation has its iconic sporting events. Speak to sports fans in the United Kingdom and they will tell you that the Isle of Man TT race is up there with the FA Cup Final, an Ashes Test series and the Grand National.
Motorcycle race fans see the Isle of Man TT race as one of the most prestigious in the racing calendar. The event dates back to 1907 and the 37-mile Mountain Course contains some of the most dangerous motorcycle racing miles in the world.
This year the event will be held between 24 May and 06 June – but are you ready for it?
Packages have been available since 23 November 2013 so if you haven’t got yours already then you need to start looking. Different tickets allow access to different areas so make your selection carefully.
• VIP Hospitality: access to exclusive Isle of Man TT VIP Club where you may get the chance to meet a rider or two, entrance to VIP Hospitality Suite and seating in TT Grandstand each race day. • Grandstand: all-day access on your chosen race day with amazing view of the track. • Fan zones: access to viewing points from Nobles Park, Ballacrye and Creg-ny-Baa.
2014 qualifying schedule
This year’s qualifying schedule begins on the evening of Saturday 24 May with a session scheduled for Solo and Sidecar newcomers followed by Lightweight and Sidecar competitors. Supersport, Superstock and Superbike riders start their qualifying sessions on Monday 26 May with qualifying sessions held each day until Friday 30 May.
Timetabled qualifying sessions for all classes have been scheduled for Thursday 29 May. This is the first year that this has been done and is subject to public consultation.
An overview of the qualifying schedule is as follows but weather conditions can affect times and dates of races.
Saturday 24 May 6:20pm: solo and sidecar newcomers 6:50pm: lightweight and sidecar
Monday 26 May – Friday 30 May 6:20-8:50pm: Supersport, superstock and superbike qualifying sessions
Thursday 29 May 10:15–11:00: timetabled qualifying sessions for Supersport, Superstock and Superbike riders 11:05-11:50: timetabled qualifying sessions for Supersport and Lightweight riders 11:55-12:40: timetabled qualifying sessions for Sidecar riders
Race schedule for 2014
If you were there for the 2013 meeting, then you’ll notice a few similarities between their schedule and this year’s. Again, there are four race days with a full calendar of fantastic races schedules.
We recommend catching the sidecar races on 31 May and 04 June with the TT Seniors race held on 06 June always a good end to the show. Superbikes undoubtedly attract a lot of the attention at the TT and 04 June is your day to watch these impressive beasts tackle the track.
An overview of the race schedule is as follows but weather conditions can affect times and dates of races.
Saturday 31 May 11:00am: Dainese Superbike race 2:00pm: Sidecar race
Monday 02 June 10:45am: Supersport TT race 2:00pm: Superstock TT race
Wednesday 04 June 10:45am: TT Zero Challenge 12:00pm: Superbike race 2:30pm: Sidecar race
Friday 06 June 10:15am: Lightwight race 1:00pm: Seniors race