The world’s greatest motorcycle road race returns to ITV4 in early June as riders from across the globe gather on the Isle of Man for 2013 TT Races.
This legendary event has attracted teams, riders and fans from around the world for more than 100 years and 2013 will be no
exception with a truly international line up assembled once more.
ITV4 will dedicate its prime time schedules to a raft of new documentaries, special features and extensive highlights of every race during the final week of this year’s event, which runs from May 25 to June 7.
The Isle of Man TT is unquestionably the most thrilling, most demanding and just plain terrifying motorsport event in the world.
It has been a firm fixture on the calendar for millions of bike fans since the beginninng of the 20th centruy and draws tens of thousands of fans to the tiny island in the Irish Sea every June.
With a course that has remained largely untouched since 1911, the 37-plus miles of public roads captures the imagination like no other motorcycling venue can.
Whether it is the tight and twisty roads through tree-lined glens, the narrow villages with their pubs, telegraph poles and phone boxes, or the open spaces of the Mountain tops, the TT Course never ceases to amaze and astound.
Forget smooth circuits with comfortable run-off areas, this is a 37 and three quarter mile rollercoaster ride on public roads, flanked by formidable stone walls, starting at the island’s capital of Douglas and rising into the mountains at speeds of more than 200 miles an hour.
Even negotiating villages and 200 tight, twisting bends the average lap record stands at an astonishing 131.5mph, ensuring its place as the ultimate test of both man and machine.
Legendary names like Agostini, Hailwood, Dunlop and McGuinness have all tasted their fair share of TT victories down the uears and the race continues to churn out new stars.
Despite the frustrating cancellation of the flagship Senior Race due to poor weather, last year’s Isle of Man TT Races saw some of the best racing ever seen on the legendary circuit and 2013 promises to be no exception.
With 19-time TT winner John McGuinness joined at the new Honda TT Legends team by Michael Rutter and young-gun Michael Dunlop, the Japanese marque are mounting a major assault on the TT silverware.
They will not have it all there own way in what looks set to be a classic year of TT racing as Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Aprilia, BMW and even MV Agusta weigh-in to a heavyweight title fight.
Familiar names such as Conor Cummins, Guy Martin, Dan Kneen, James Hillier, William Dunlop and Simon Andrews, amongst others, are still looking to take their maiden TT wins.
Meanwhile, former TT winners Gary Johnson, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald will also be returning to the island with aim of adding another winner’s replica to their trophy cabinets.
The most high-profile new entrant this year is leading British Superbike Championship racer Josh Brookes, who makes his debut at the Isle of Man TT for the Tyco Suzuki team and is, without doubt, one of the most exciting newcomers to have graced the Mountain Course in recent years.
Runner-up in last year’s BSB title race, the Australian burst onto the racing scene when he won a World Supersport round at Phillip Island as a wildcard in 2004.
After winning the Australian Superbike and Supersport domestic titles in 2005 before spending three further seasons in the World Superbike Championship, a year later he moved to BSB and has since racked up 11 race wins and 50 podiums being a championship contender in each season.
The 29-year-old first visited the TT in 2009, but after experiencing the atmosphere during the TT in 2011 and 2012, and participating in parade laps on the Mountain course, he now feels the time is right to add his name to the entry list.
The thrilling sidecars category also features heavily in TT week and the legendary Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance were unstoppable in 2012. They are favourites to repeat that performance in 2013.
Tim Reeves, still with Dan Sayle in chair, is looking for the elusive first win and promising that this year will be his annus mirabilis.
Back from injury, John Holden is confident he has the right package to repeat his 2011 win and certainly few crewmen know the course better than evergreen passenger Andy Winkle.
With podium finishes in both races in 2012 the Birchall brothers, Tom and Ben, are strong contenders for the top step this year, especially with the continued backing of former TT winner Klaus Klaffenbock.
Riders from all four corners of the globe will again be tackling the near 38-mile Mountain Course in June with entries received from all bar one of the seven continents in the world, with some of the countries having representation at the TT for the very first time in its 106-year history.
Full details of how to follow the 2013 Isle of Man TT below:
You can follow all the drama and excitement from the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races with ITV4’s daily coverage.
The channel has an exciting schedule bursting with documentaries, special features and extensive race coverage which will keep fans glued to the screen throughout the fortnight.
Craig Doyle leads the ITV on-screen team which also includes former racers Steve Parrish and James Whitham, plus 2009 TT champion and two-time race winner Steve Plater, who will again be part of the team.
All the action will be screened in high-definition on ITV4 HD and available to view online shortly after broadcast via the catch-up service ITV Player.
Experience motorsport production firm North One TV will again be the host broadcaster for the event and are responsible for producing all of ITV4’s coverage.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE LIVE TIMING 2013 GUIDE …
Monday 27th MayTT 2013: Conor Cummins – Local Hero 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
A profile of the rider Conor Cummins who was born and bred on the Isle of Man where the world famous TT Races are a way of life.
Cameras follow him as he prepares to try and win his first TT this year, and looks back at his career so far including his massive crash on the Mountain Course in 2010.
Tuesday 28th MayTT 2013: The Perfect Lap 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
The Isle of Man TT’s Mountain Course is widely regarded as the toughest challenge in motorcycle racing, and the lap record is one of its greatest prizes.
As well as meeting legendary holders of that title including John Surtees, Mick Grant, Carl Fogarty, and John McGuinness, TT: The Perfect Lap seeks to create the ‘perfect lap’ by joining together the six fastest ever split times for the six sectors of the 37.73 mile course.
The programme hears from the riders who set those extraordinary times.
Wednesday 29th MayTT 2013: Operation TT 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
A look behind the scenes as the Isle of Man prepares for its legendary TT races that begin this weekend.
This involves turning 37 miles of public road into the race circuit that is the world famous Mountain Course.
The island also has to prepare for the huge influx of spectators and competitors from around the world.
Thursday 30th MayTT 2013: Preview Show 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
The ITV team look ahead to the legendary Isle of Man TT Races that get underway on Saturday.
Craig Doyle meets the leading contenders while commentators Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater guide viewers around the famous Mountain Course, as well as the machines that will tackle it.
Friday 31st MayTT 2013: Qualifying Highlights 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
The first chance to see how the bikes and riders tackle the challenge of the 37-mile Mountain Course, as the ITV team look back at the last six days of practice and qualifying – an indicator to the form of the riders going into event.
Saturday 1st JuneTT 2013: Sidecar TT Race 1 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
In a change to the race schedule, racing gets underway at the Isle of Man TT with the first Sidecar race around the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course.
Local legend Dave Molyneux will be looking to take his 17th victory on three wheels.
Sunday 2nd JuneTT 2013: Superbike TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
Highlights of the Superbike TT Race, held over from Saturday, where the 1000cc machines will top speeds of 200mph around the Mountain Course.
Honda’s John McGuinness will be the man to beat as he attempts to retain the title he won last year.
Monday 3rd JuneTT 2013: Supersport TT Race 1 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4 Watch online via ITV Player
Craig Doyle presents highlights of the first Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
The 600cc bikes provide some of the closest racing around the Mountain Course with Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald and Michael Dunlop amongst the leading contenders.
Tuesday 4th JuneTT 2013: Superstock TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4
1000cc bikes tackle the famous Isle of Man TT circuit, which includes the climb and descent of Snaefell.
Wednesday 5th JuneTT 2013: Supersport TT Race 2 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4
The Supersport bikes tackle the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course for the second time this week.
The 37 mile road circuit is one of the toughest tests in motorsport and the 600cc bikes always provide some of the most exciting racing at the famous TT.
Thursday 6th JuneTT 2013: Sidecar TT Race 2 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4
More 600cc three wheeled action from the Isle of Man TT as the Sidecars tackle the 37 mile Mountain Course for the second time.
…Joey: The Man Who Conquered the TT 10.00pm-11.00pm – ITV4
An intimate documentary about one of the most remarkable sportsmen of all time – Joey Dunlop the pub landlord and rider who won Isle of Man TT a staggering 26 times.
In 2000, a few weeks after winning the TT Joey died in a freak accident in the woods of Estonia. This is the incredible story of how one determined middle aged man pushing 50 beat the odds, only to be cut down in tragic circumstances.
With contributions from John McGuinness, Phil McCallen, Brian Reid, Mick Grant, Ron Haslam, Roger Marshall, Jim Dunlop and Neil Tuxworth.
Friday 7th JuneTT 2013: Lightweight TT Race
9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4
In a change to scheduled programme due to an incident in the Senior TT race, Friday’s highlights show features extended coverage of the the Lightweight TT Race.
Saturday 8th JuneTT 2013: Senior TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm – ITV4
Craig Doyle presents delayed coverage of the big finale at the Isle of Man TT Races, the Senior TT.
Riders on their 1000cc machines face six laps of the legendary 37 mile Mountain Course. Analysis comes from Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater.
Monday 10th JuneTT 2013: Review (Part 1) 6.00pm-7.00pm – ITV4 TT 2013: Review (Part 2) 7.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4