Roads to close for longer during first race day of Festival of Motorcycling

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Roads will be closed for longer on the middle Saturday of the Festival of Motorcycling fortnight.

The Department of Economic Development has announced that, following a consultation, roads will close at 9.30am on Saturday, August 23, rather than midday as was the case last year.

The day’s schedule will begin with a practice session for the Classic TT F1/F2 machines followed by a Vintage Motor Cycle Club parade lap at 11.25am. The four-lap 500cc Classic TT will get under way at 12.30pm and the Manx Grand Prix machines will get have an hour’s practice between 3.15pm and 4.15pm, when a Joey Dunlop Legend Rivals Parade lap will leave the TT Grandstand.

A further session of Manx Grand Prix practice is then scheduled from 4.45pm.

Crossing points around the course will be open between 2.30pm and 3.15pm.

The consultation was launched on June 27 regarding additional practice time as a result of an increase in competitors for the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT Races.

David Cretney MHK, political member with responsibility for tourism and motorsport, said: ‘We appreciate that road racing on the island can only go ahead with the goodwill of the local people and are very grateful for their continued support.

‘The festival’s success in attracting a higher number of competitors has necessitated this move to ensure that adequate practice time is allocated.’

‘The festival makes a significant contribution to the island’s visitor economy, not only through competitors but also the significantly increasing number of visitors.’

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