Additional daytime Isle of Man TT practice session planned

Michael Dunlop pictured during the opening practice session of the 2013 Isle of Man TT

Michael Dunlop pictured during the opening practice session of the 2013 Isle of Man TT

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An extra practice session for the 2014 Isle of Man TT is being planned to take place between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, May 29.

Organisers have released news of the proposal, which is said to be ‘subject to public consultation’.

The regular evening practice sessions will remain in place. Roads will close at 6pm and reopen around 9pm on Saturday, May 24, and then each night from Monday, May 26, through to Friday, May 30.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson said: ‘We have proposed an additional qualifying session this year to mitigate against restricted practice time to ensure that machines and riders are given every opportunity to practice ahead of races. Last year we had to postpone the Superbike Race to allow riders to get additional practice time.

‘We will be consulting with all relevant parties to ensure that the additional session may be possible in order to minimise any perceived disruption to the public. I would like to thank both the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Infrastructure and the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association for their support.’

Racing-wise, the schedule is broadly the same as 2013 with four race days, starting with the Dainese Superbike Race on Saturday, May 31, at 11am followed by the first Sure Sidecar Race at 2pm.

The first Monster Energy Supersport Race will set off at 10.45am on Monday, June 2, with the RL 360 Superstock Race following at 2pm.

Wednesday, June 4, will see three races, beginning with the SES TT Zero Challenge at 10.45am followed by the second Monster Energy Supersport Race and concluding with the second Sure Sidecar Race.

The race meeting concludes on Friday, June 6, with the Lightweight TT ahead of the traditional climax of the meeting, the PokerStars Senior TT.

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