A five-race day at the TT?

The weather, and an abbreviated schedule, are actually making this safer. There are a lot of people on the Island who would prefer it if every TT was compressed, and Race Week became Race Weekend.

The weather, and an abbreviated schedule, are actually making this safer. There are a lot of people on the Island who would prefer it if every TT was compressed, and Race Week became Race Weekend.

After a Practice Week beset by terrible weather, Race Week’s off to an equally fouled up start.

Wednesday’s races were pushed back, and the current plan is to run five races on Thursday. Supersport and Sidecar classes are cut to two-lap distances, while Superstock and Lightweights will run three laps. Only the TT Zero race will run its full scheduled distance <sarcasm>.

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While it is true that most people who live on the Isle of Man feel that on balance, the TT is a net positive, a substantial minority resent the road closures and chaos. And although the organizers have done a lot to improve safety, the only way to really improve it further is to cut the total number of laps. The weather cut laps in practice, and shortening those races will reduce the total amount of risk by about a third.

A lot of people on the Isle of Man will say, “Five races in one day? That was fine. In fact, if we did that every year, we could hold the entire TT over a weekend.”

There will be pressure to compress the schedule like that, henceforth.