Isle of Man TT return edges step closer as rider entries open

Isle of Man TT Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson says the 2022 event will feature ‘unprecedented changes’ compared to the previous instalment of the iconic meeting in 2019 after entries officially opened on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 1:29 pm

The TT, like the other major road races, was wiped out in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the wheels are in motion for the much anticipated return of the world’s greatest road racing spectacle this summer, when the TT is scheduled to run from May 29 to June 10.

In his introduction to competitors and teams in the 2022 event regulations, Thompson said he was ‘delighted’ the TT was set to go ahead after a two-year hiatus.

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The Isle of Man TT was last held in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of everyone involved in the organisation of the Isle of Man TT Races, I am delighted to be writing this welcome following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Entries are now open for TT 2022 and the regulations for this edition of the famous races are published within. It is fair to say that TT 2022 will look different to the last event held in 2019.

“We have all been working hard during the enforced break to make sure the time gifted to us was used wisely, thus ensuring the TT comes back better and stronger than it was before. With that in mind, I urge you more than ever to read these regulations very carefully.

“The level of change across all aspects of the event is unprecedented and it will be wrong to assume things will still be as you remember. The only way to make sure you are on top of all of the changes, and ensure you are well-prepared for TT 2022, is by reading this document from the front to the back,” Thompson added.

The Isle of Man TT was last held in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I look forward to working with you all over the coming weeks and months as we head towards the event’s return… I hope your preparations go well and I look forward to seeing you all assemble on Glencrutchery Road for the opening qualifying session of the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.”

Changes planned this year include an expanded opening qualifying session on Sunday, May 29, which gets under way in the afternoon. The final qualifying session of TT fortnight will take place in the afternoon on Friday, June 4 following four consecutive evening qualifying sessions.

The maximum number of competitors in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races has been reduced to 50 to aid safety.

One of the biggest changes this year is the introduction of a single lap warm-up on race days, scheduled to take place in the morning before racing commences. This will replace the mid-week qualifying and practice sessions held during race week and will allow an earlier roads-opening time on race days.

Also new this year is live coverage of the races, with the TT’s own dedicated digital channel launching in the spring. Exclusive content includes a new feature-length documentary in addition to a new eight-part docuseries in the mould of popular fly-on-the-wall Netflix show ‘Drive to Survive’.

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