Isle of Man TT 2016 is fast approaching, so if you haven’t booked yet, you’re probably too late for this year. But that’s just another reason for you to start planning next years trip right away!
The IoM TT was started in 1907 and was run on the St. John’s short course, which was “only” 15 miles long. The cousre as we know it today was extended in 1911 when they added the Snaefell Mountain course to the original layout.
It is visited by thousands of people every year and the event is growing in popularity. But through the eyes of a rider, the start of the race is a lonely place.
Even though you are surrounded by grandstands and there are millions of people all over the world watching you, the only thing you can do is say a few private words and take a deep breath
But what about us spectators, why should everybody who has ever felt at least a bit of rush watching races, come to the lonely Isle of Man in the middle of nowhere?
1. You’re in the middle of the action!
You. Are. So. Close. No really, whilst other racing spectacles use barriers and sand traps to increase safety and separate the riders and the crowd, you will find none of that at IoM TT. It basically a street race with fancy painted corners.
You can literally be so close you could touch the riders flying by with speeds up to 200mph. But seriously, don’t even try!
With an exception of a few “Prohibited zones” that were added in recent years, the marshals won’t tell you to leave even if you decide to stand on the outside of the corner right after a neck braking speed straight. Due to this though, some basic logic is advised.
2. Lap length
A single lap at IoM takes 37 ¾ miles. This is like riding around Nurburgring’s 12.9 miles, three times! But remember this is just one lap, the top tier racers will be completing six laps, with the average speed of almost 130 mph. They’ll be stopping twice, to refuel and change the tires which will be destroyed on the local B roads.
3. Top speeds are insane
Remember looking at Ducati’s in MotoGP this year thinking those guy are insane for going 219 mph in Qatar? Well imagine this in a more serene ambient, surrounded by houses, trees, lampposts etc. all combined with point no.1, they’re flying by just a few feet away from you!
At Bray Hill, one of the most spectacular spots on the track, you can hear the superbikes approach a dip at top speed of 200 mph. They’ll exit the dip at 180 mph scraping the bottom of the bikes as the suspensions are overwhelmed by the power of gravity.
4. Riders are devoted to racing
All riders who enter the race are completely devoted to racing and bikes. They live and breathe gasoline. It’s their passion, their love, their life. It’s the most exhilarating race in the world and once it’s in your blood you can’t get it out.
They are also aware of the fans and their support and are super approachable, walking around amongst us common people always happy to have a chat with a fan.
Could you imagine just walking up to Jorge Lorenzo in the pits?!
5. Five major racing classes
You won’t just be watching three different races. There is the Superbike, Senior, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight class, meaning the racing will be going nonstop. Besides the major ones, they also introduced the TTXGP in 2009 meant for electric prototype machines. So that’s 6 classes without even counting sidecars TT!
Even though everybody discarded the electric driven bikes as a waste of time, the bikes and their riders have shown the potential of these machines. In 2015 John McGuinness set an incredible lap time of 18:58.743, equating to a 119.279mph. Let’s get this straight ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN MILES PER HOUR!
So, will you be joining us next year or have you already booked your tickets for 2016?