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17.07.2015 - Tourist Trophy 2016 Renntermine sind da
Vom 28. Mai bis 11. Juni 2016 findet die nächste Tourist Trophy. Bei MotoTours.com können Sie Ihren Isle of Man Ausflug buchen. Um Ihnen die Planung für Ihre TT-Tour zu erleichtern, geben wir Ihnen hier die Qualifying-& Renntermine für die Tourist Trophy 2016:

Saturday 28th May
18.20 - Solo Newcomers Speed Controlled lap
18.25 - Sidecar Newcomers Speed Controlled lap
18.40 - Lightweight & Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes) Solo

Monday 30th May
18.20 -19.50 - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
19.55 - 20.50 - Sidecars

Tuesday 31st May
18.20 - 19.25 - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport (Newcomers All Classes except Lightweight)
19.25 - 19.55 - Lightweight & Supersport +Newcomers (All Classes)
20.00 - Sidecars

Wednesday 1st June
18.20 - 19.50 - Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
19.55 - 20.50 - Sidecars

Thursday 2nd June
18.20 - 19.25 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport (Newcomers All Classes except Lightweight)
19.25 - 19.55 - Lightweight & Supersport +Newcomers (All Classes)
20.00 - Sidecars

Friday 3rd June
18.20 - 19.45 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport + Newcomers (All Classes except Lightweight)
19.50 - 20.35 - Sidecars
20.40 - TT Zero 1 lap qualifying

Saturday 4th June
11.00 - RST Superbike TT Race (6 laps)
14.00 - Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)
15.30 - Superstock/ Supersport/ Lightweight practice (2 laps)

Monday 6th June
10.45 - Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)
12.25 - Sidecar qualifying (2 laps)
14.15 - RL360 Superstock TT Race (4 laps)
16.05 - Lightweight qualifying (1 lap)
16.25 - TT Zero qualifying (l lap)

Wednesday 8th June
10.45 - Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 (4 laps)
12.25 - Sidecar qualifying (1 lap)
14.00 - Bennetts Lightweight TT Race (4 laps)
15.45 - Senior TT qualifying (1 lap)
16.20 - TT Zero Race (1 lap)

Friday 10th June
10.15 - Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 (3 laps)
12.30 - PokerStars Senior TT Race (6 laps)

19.06.2015 - Southern 100, Isle of Man 60. Jahrestag Gottesdienst in der Malew Church
Die Rennstrecke der Southern 100 geht an der berühmten Kirchenkurve in Malew vorbei, wo die Kurve und die Kirche stets eine gute Kulisse für ein grossartiges Foto bieten.

Am Sonntag, den 5. Juli, bevor die Rennen dieses Jahr aufgenommen werden, findet eine Fahrt vom HQ Club auf der Castletown Umfahrung aus statt, entlang der Rennstrecke zur Kirche, wo um 15:00 Uhr ein kleiner Gottesdienst abgehalten wird. Beginn für alle, die an dieser Ausfahrt teilnehmen wollen, ist um 14:30 Uhr.

Parkplätze befinden sich im Feld neben der Kirche, wie auch für die Rennen, und jeder ist herzlich willkommen. Southern 100 Pfarrer John Coldwell wird den Gottesdienst abhalten, der als Feier des Diamantenjubiläums gelten soll, indem an alle erinnert wird, die die Rennen gefahren sind oder den Billown Circuit unterstützt haben, bevor die Begeisterung der Rennen wieder richtig beginnt.

Das berühmte Southern 100 Rennen findet vom 6.-9. Juli 2015 statt.

11.01.2015 - Direkt zur Isle of Man fliegen - Direktflüge ab Zürich
Die ganze Welt möchte sich die einzigartigen Motorrad Rennen auf der britischen Insel ansehen aber nirgends gibt es mehr Transport Plätze. Während der Tourist Trophy TT, Ende Mai und Anfang Juni ist fast Ausnahmezustand auf der Insel und nicht mehr per Flug, nur noch mit dem eigenen Motorrad auf der Fähre kommt man zur Insel.

Der Trend über die letzten Jahre zeigt, dass vermehrt Kurztermine zur TT wahrgenommen werden, um einen Hauch dieser speziellen Atmosphäre zu erhaschen. Dies wird nun mit der Direktanbindung zur TT 2015 noch einfacher. Am 9. Juni startet die erste Maschine vom Typ Saab 2000. Die Flugzeit beträgt etwas mehr als 2 Stunden.

Zukünftig entfällt also das Umsteigen oder sogar Flughafen wechseln im Vereinigten Königreich. Aus Kostengründen behält MotoTours.com Switzerland auch weiterhin Umsteigeverbindungen im Angebot.

10.01.2015 - Direkt zur Isle of Man fliegen - Direktflüge ab Zürich
Die ganze Welt möchte sich die einzigartigen Motorrad Rennen auf der britischen Insel ansehen aber nirgends gibt es mehr Transport Plätze. Während der Tourist Trophy TT, Ende Mai und Anfang Juni ist fast Ausnahmezustand auf der Insel und nicht mehr per Flug, nur noch mit dem eigenen Motorrad auf der Fähre kommt man zur Insel.

Der Trend über die letzten Jahre zeigt, dass vermehrt Kurztermine zur TT wahrgenommen werden, um einen Hauch dieser speziellen Atmosphäre zu erhaschen. Dies wird nun mit der Direktanbindung zur TT 2015 noch einfacher. Am 9. Juni startet die erste Maschine vom Typ Saab 2000. Die Flugzeit beträgt etwas mehr als 2 Stunden.

Zukünftig entfällt also das Umsteigen oder sogar Flughafen wechseln im Vereinigten Königreich. Aus Kostengründen behält MotoTours.com Switzerland auch weiterhin Umsteigeverbindungen im Angebot.

02.10.2014 - Manx Classic TT 2015
Folgende Termine sind jetzt offiziell bestätigt worden;
Manx Classic TT Termine:
22. August - 4. September 2015
20. August - 2. September 2016

31.05.2014 - TT 2014 Programm Isle of Man
-> hier klicken Programm

16.05.2014 - Subaru kehrt mit dem neuen 2015 WRX STI auf die Isle of Man TT Strecke zurück und will eine neue schnellste Runde aufstellen.
Subaru of America Inc. gab bekannt, dass sie auf die weltberühmte Isle of Man TT Strecke zurückkehren, um eine neue mit einem Auto je gefahrene schnellste Runde aufzustellen und somit den eigenen Rundenrekord zu unterbieten. Der aktuelle Rekord von 115.36 Meilen pro Stunde Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit auf dem 37 ¾ Meilen langen TT Mountain Course wurde durch Mark Higgins in einem Subaru WRX STI im Jahr 2011 aufgestellt. Higgins wird auch dieses Jahr der Fahrer sein.

Subaru kehrt auch als Sponsor des Rennens auf der Isle of Man zurück. Dominik Infante, National Manager of Product Communications, Subaru of America Inc., sagte dazu: „We are very excited to return for another attempt of the TT course and to be the official car of the TT. […]The Isle of Man is paradise for anyone who appreciates motorsport and there is nothing like the TT road course anywhere else.”

16.04.2014 - TT-Sieger Michael Dunlop neu mit BMW S 1000 RR am Start
TT-Sieger Miachel Dunlup schliesst sich BMW Motorrad UK an, einem vom BMW Motorrad Motorsport betreuten Rennsport-Team.

Der 7-fache Gewinner , Michael Dunlop wird die Strassenrennsaison 2014 für das BMW Racing Team bestreiten, darunter auch die Tourist Trophy auf der Isle of Man.

Zusammen mit BMW Motorrad und dem Hawk Racing Team, welche das „Buildbase BMW Motorrad BSB Team“ betreiben, nimmt der aus Nordirland stammende 24-Jährige mit der Unterstützung von BMW Motorrad UK das Rennprogramm 2014 in Angriff.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport ist guter Hoffnung, dass BMW & Hawk Racing den grossen BMW Sieg 1939 von Georg Meier an der Isle of Man Senior TT toppen könnte.

Das Team geht mit einer Superstock BMW (Dunlop Racing Ausführung) und einer BMW S 1000 RR (BMW Motorrad Farben) an den Start. Die Dunlop-Maschine wird grösstenteils bei Strassenrennen eingesetzt aber ein ganz spezieller Höhepunkt wird die TT Tourist Trophy auf der Isle of Man sein.

Michael Dunlop sagte: “Ich bin sehr glücklich und fühle mich geehrt Mitglied eines so starken und leistungsfähigen Teams zu sein. Die BMW S 100 RR hat den benötigten Power für die TT und zusammen mit meiner Erfahrung, der Unterstützung von BMW Motorrad Motorsport und Hawk Racing, schaffen wir die ideale Grundlage für den Sieg. Ehrlich gesagt wollte ich dieses Jahr aussetzen, aber jetzt wo ich ein solch tolles Team gefunden habe, werden wir mit BMW Motorrad Motorsport und Hawk Racing ein mächtiger Gegner mit dem man dieses Jahr rechnen muss.“

BMW feiert 2014 das 75. Jubiläum vom historischen Senior TT Sieg von Georg Meier. Zusammen mit seinem Teamkollegen Jock West, der den zweiten Platz besetzte, fuhren sie auf 500 Kubik RS 255 Kompressor Boxen. Leider war es der erste und einzige Sieg von BMW an der Senior TT.

Das BMW Hawk Racing Team wird gemeinsam von BMW Motorrad UK und Stuart Hicken geführt, der 2013 mit dem Buildbase Motorrad Team die bisher beste Leistung der britischen Superbike-Meisterschaft 2013 vollbrachte. Das Team wird BMW Motorrad Motorsport für die Strassenrennsaison 2014 unterstützen.

“Wir haben lange daran gearbeitet, ein so starkes Team zusammenstellen und es freut mich, dass es uns letztendlich gelungen ist. Ich bin fest davon überzeugt, dass wir mit Michael als Fahrer, dem Know-how von BMW Motorrad Motorsport und der Schnelligkeit der BMW S1000RR ein Paket geschnürt haben, mit dem wir eine realistische Chance haben, bei der diesjährigen Tourist Trophy gute Resultate einzufahren“, so Stuart Hicken, Teamchef von Hawk Racing.

„Wir sind froh Michael Dunlop als Fahrer von BMW Hawk Racing auf unser Seite zu haben. Seine Erfolgsgeschichte spricht für sich und wir sind überzeugt, dass er mit der BMW S 1000 R die Strassen dominieren wird. Wir werden unsere Anstrengungen mit der Hoffnung auf Michael konzentrieren, 75 Jahre nach dem Sieg von Georg Meier bei der Senior-TT diesen historischen Erfolg zu wiederholen“, ergänzt BMW Motorrad Marketing Manager Lee Nicholls.

27.06.2013 - GP Legend Freddie Spencer Joins Star-Studded Line Up for Classic TT
Three time motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Freddie Spencer is the latest star name to be added to a glittering cast list for the inaugural Classic TT Races due to be held in August this year.
The American will ride his 1987 500cc, 3 Cylinder Rothmans Honda that he is currently parading in Europe at the Festival of Jurby on the 25th August and again in the Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour on Monday 26th August.
He will also be a guest in the official VIP Hospitality Club and will host a table at the Classic TT Legends Dinner on the evening of Sunday 25th August.
'Fast Freddie' first came to prominence in 1978, winning the 250cc US National Road Racing Championship and gained international recognition at the 1980 U.S. versus Britain Trans-Atlantic Match races when he won two legs, defeating World Champions Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene in the process.
He was promoted to Honda's Grand Prix team in 1982 and in 1983 he won his first 500cc World Championship at the age of 21, becoming the youngest person to win the title, a distinction previously held by Mike Hailwood.
The 1983 season is remembered as one of the most dramatic title chases in the history of Grand Prix racing; Honda's Spencer and Yamaha's Kenny Roberts fighting for the points lead throughout the championship with each of them earning six victories. The season culminated at the penultimate round in Sweden when Roberts ran off the track on the last lap leaving Spencer to sprint to the finish line and victory. Roberts won the last race but Spencer finished second, securing his first world title by two points.
Teething problems with Honda's radically new V4 NSR500 coupled with injuries from crashes hindered Spencer's title defense in 1984 but 1985 proved to be an historic year for him. He won both the 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Championships, the last rider to achieve such a feat. His career was cut short by wrist injuries and he retired from Grand Prix racing at the beginning of 1988.

25.04.2013 - free accommodation Isle of Man / freie Unterkunft
Die TT Tourist Trophy 2013 ist komplett ausgebucht. Trotzdem gibt es jetzt an gewissen Tagen noch freie Kapazität. Wer als ein Zelt gebucht hat und vielleicht für einen Tag im Hotel übernachten möchten, dem bietet sich hier die einmalige Gelegenheit.
Termine:
30. Mai bis 31. Mai in Douglas im Hotel
5. Juni bis 8./9. Juni in Foxdale privat Unterkunft

02.07.2012 - TT Isle of Man 2013 Grandstand Ticket
Aufgrund der grossen Nachfrage in den vergangenen Jahren nach Tickets für die Haupttribüne, kann man diese jetzt bereits (solange Vorrat) bei uns bestellen.

Gewünschtes Datum bitte angeben.

Wird ein Rennen verschoben, ist das Ticket in der Regel auch am Ersatztag gültig.


26.08.2011 - offizielles TT (Tourist Trophy) Programm 2012
Saturday 26th May 2012
Solo Newcomers (all solo classes) Speed Controlled Lap
Lightweight / Newcomers (all solo classes) Qualifying
Sidecar Newcomer Speed Controlled Lap
Sidecar Free Qualifying

Monday 28th May 2012
Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying
Sidecar Qualifying

Tuesday 29th May 2012
Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying
Supersport / Lightweight/ Newcomers (all solo classes) Qualifying
Sidecar Qualifying

Wednesday 30th May 2012
Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying
Sidecar Qualifying

Thursday 31st May 2012
Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying
Supersport / Lightweight/ Newcomers (all solo classes) Qualifying
Sidecar Qualifying

Friday 1st June 2012
Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight) Qualifying
Sidecar Qualifying
RACE WEEK

Saturday 2nd June 2012
Superbike TT Race
Sidecar TT Race 1
Supersport / LightweightQualifying

Monday 4th June 2012
Supersport TT Race 1
Sidecar Qualifying
Superstock TT Race

Wednesday 6th June 2012
Supersport TT Race 2
Sidecar TT Race 2
Senior Qualifying
LightweightQualifying

Friday 8th June 2012
Supertwins TT Race
Senior TT Race

30.05.2011 - LUFTRAUM ISLE OF MAN BLEIBT OFFEN
30/05/2011 - 07.00h ; Die Aktivitaet des Vulkans Grimsvoetn auf Island ist weiter zurueckgegangen.
Aktuell steht ueber der Ausbruchstelle lediglich noch eine Dampfsaeule von wenigen hundert Metern Hoehe.
Der Flugverkehr zur ISLE OF MAN und ENGLAND läuft momentan normal.

07.02.2011 - Isle of Man, Gast an SWISS-MOTO 2011
MotoTours.com Switzerland teilt mit, dass an der diesjährigen Swiss Moto die Isle of Man als Gastdestination vertreten sein wird. Die Swiss Moto ist die grösse Motorrad,- Roller,- Tuningmesse und findet vom 16. Februar bis am 20. Februar 2011 statt.

Die Destination Isle of Man ist speziell unter Motorradfahrern ein Highlight. Seit über hundert Jahren findet Ende Mai/Anfang Juni der älteste Motorrad Events statt. Im Jahr 2011 zelebriert die Insel den mountain course, die Bergrennstrecke, denn die TT (Tourist Trophy) führt seit genau 100 Jahren über den einzigen Berg der Insel und trägt mit den vielen Kurven dazu bei, dass der Mythos der TT weiterlebt.

An der Swiss Moto ist ein spezieller Bereich der Halle 2 nur für die Sonderausstellung „Isle of Man“ abgesteckt. Hier erfährt man sämtliches über das legendärste Motorrad Rennen der Welt. Rennteams von Hervé Gantner bis Rico Penzkofer sind vor Ort und beantworten Fragen. Besonders stolz ist die Swiss Moto darauf, dass auch der Gewinner im Seitenwagen Rennen aus dem Jahr 2010, Klaus Klaffenböck aus Österreich anwesend sein wird.

Pub und Reiseinfos
Man kann gemütlich ein Manx Bier geniessen oder sich vor Ort über Reisemöglichkeiten zur Manx (Isle of Man) beraten lassen.
Vertreten am Stand sind zudem das Cruise und Ferrycenter aus Merenschwand mit aktuellen Fährenrouten und MotoTours.com Switzerland aus Neuehof mit Reisetipps zur Insel und Unterkünften.

Auf einer Kino-Grossleinwand kann man den 37 Milen langen Rundkurs 37 Milen verfolgen. Viele historische Exponate im Muesum und noch vieles mehr geben Einblick ins wohl verrückteste Strassenrennen der Welt.

Marcel Winter, MotoTours.com Switzerland sagt stolz: eine Sonderausstellung über die Isle of Man hat es in diesem Format in der Schweiz noch nie gegeben. Wir rechnen mit vielen zusätzlichen Besuchern an der Messe auch weil beim Wettbewerb nicht weniger als 9 Reisepreise vergeben werden, wo der Hauptpreis eine Flugreise zur TT 2011 sein wird.

Informieren kann man sich:
MCH Messe Schweiz (Zürich) AG, SWISS-MOTO
www.swiss-moto.ch, 058 206 50 00
MotoTours.com Switzerland GmbH
www.isle-of-man.ch, 056 406 05 82
Cruise & Ferrycenter AG
www.ferrycenter.ch, 056 675 75 90

11.06.2010 - DAINESE AMBASSADORS JORGE LORENZO AND ANGEL NIETO THRILLED BY ISLE OF MAN TT RACES EXPERIENCE
Spanish motorcycling stars Jorge Lorenzo and Angel Nieto, ambassadors for TT Races Safety Partner Dainese, visited the Isle of Man for the 2010 TT Races.
The two completed a lap of the iconic mountain course before watching the Dainese Senior TT from a private garden on Bray Hill. Current TT star Guy Martin, also a Dainese ambassador, was involved in a high speed accident at Ballagarey but fortunately was not seriously injured and is recovering in hospital.
Lorenzo, currently leading the Moto GP championship, commented: “What an amazing experience. Now i understand why people enjoy the experience of riding at the TT. I only did one lap and I would definitely like some more practice.. I was able to make a few wheelies and wave a lot to the crowd - there seem to be so many people here. It was a very very good experience.
He continued: “I have read all about the TT in magazine and have seen TV programmes - but nothing can prepare you for the real experience.”
Thirteen time World Champion Angel Nieto, who competed in the TT in 1968 but did not complete a lap, commented: “It was a great honour to come back to such a great and historic place as a guest of Dainese. I have strong memories from my time here a long time ago and it is great to come back and see the TT so healthy.
He continued: “We were all so concerned for Guy - It is a miracle that we here good news. It was great to show Jorge the TT and I'm glad he enjoyed so much. For us both it was a very special experience.

13.06.2009 - Steve Plater takes thrilling PokerStars Senior TT race and Joey Dunlop Championship Trophy
Steve Plater took a highly dramatic Senior TT race today, taking control after early race leader John McGuinness was forced out on the fourth lap with a broken chain. The Morecambe rider had smashed his four-day old outright lap record with a second lap speed of 131.578mph, the fastest ever lap seen on the Mountain Circuit, and appeared to have the race in the bag until he stopped at Cruickshanks. Plater, second throughout having also broken the 130mph barrier, took over and came home 19.54seconds ahead of Manxman Conor Cummins, the third rider to officially lap at more than 130mph, with Gary Johnson taking his first podium in third.

The race was delayed half an hour due to slight rain in the Alpine Cottage area but at 1.30pm the race got underway and it was McGuinness on his HM Plant Honda who stormed in to an early lead. Two seconds up at Glen Helen he stretched his advantage throughout the lap and with a new outright lap record of 130.953mph he led Plater, who was also inside the old lap record, by 3.68seconds. Cummins was in third followed by Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and Guy Martin, the last named having ignition problems before the start.

On lap 2, McGuinness was keen to pull away from his team-mate and he did just that with a sensational lap of 131.578mph, quicker even than Cameron Donald’s practice lap. It meant he was now 14.67seconds ahead of Plater with Cummins maintaining station in third. Hutchinson was still in fourth but Johnson was now up to fifth ahead of Martin whilst Anstey’s miserable week continued when he stopped at the 33rd milestone with a smoking engine.

At half race distance, McGuinness was almost 20 seconds clear but there was drama on the fourth lap when he was late arriving at Ramsey Hairpin. Plater swept through to take the lead and the news came through that McGuinness was out at Cruickshanks with a broken chain. That was just the start of the drama though as first Martin and then Keith Amor were both forced out at the second refuelling stop, the former also with a snapped chain and the latter with a rear spindle that refused to go in.

Plater now led from Cummins, who lapped at 130.225mph on his fourth lap, and Hutchinson but there was even more dramatic news to follow as Tuesday’s double race winner crashed at Quarter Bridge, not only losing third but also the £10,000 first prize and Joey Dunlop Trophy that he was scheduled to win for the overall championship.

Fellow Honda man Plater had no such problems though and he was able to push home for his second TT win and, with Hutchinson’s demise, he also collected the overall award. Cummins became the first Manxman to stand on a Senior TT race podium since Gary Carswell in 2004, whilst Johnson gave team boss Uel Duncan the perfect birthday present with third.

With a whole list of retirements, that saw just four riders from the top ten finish, Irishman Adrian Archibald moved up the order to fourth, winning the inaugural Martin Finnegan Trophy in the process, whilst privateer Carl Rennie rounded off a great week with his best ever TT result in fifth.

Dan Stewart did likewise in sixth with Michael Rutter, getting his best result of the week, in seventh ahead of John Burrows, James Hillier and Ian Mackman, all three posting personal best results.

Luis Carreira was the best of the newcomers in 18th whilst Jenny Tinmouth lapped faster than on Tuesday to further strengthen her new tag as the fastest female ever at the TT but there was disappointment for American ace Mark Miller who was lying in a superb 10th place when he broke down at Quarter Bridge on the fifth lap.

The race also ended abruptly for the riders towards the back of the field as they were flagged off at the end of their fifth lap due to rain again falling on the west part of the circuit.

10.06.2009 - DUNLOP WINS HISTORIC RELENTLESS SUPERSPORT 2 RACE
Michael Dunlop today won a heavily delayed second Relentless Supersport race on his privately entered Street Sweep/Marlow Construction Yamaha, leading from start to finish, following in the footsteps of father Robert and Uncle Joey as a TT winner. The 21-year old stole an early advantage in the damp conditions and was never headed, coming home 31 seconds ahead of Bruce Anstey (Relentless by TAS Suzuki) and Conor Cummins (McAdoo Kawasaki).

Whilst the start line was blessed with sunshine, heavy rain, and hail, hit the west side of the circuit in the morning resulting in a 3 and a quarter hour delay and when the race did get underway at 2pm, the course was still very damp with lack of adhesion flags shown from Appledene to Ballaugh. Most of the leading riders admitted it was going to be very tricky in the early stages and it was Dunlop, fastest in practice, who took control from the start, an opening lap of 119.743mph putting him over ten seconds clear of Cummins.

The difficult conditions could clearly be seen in the lap times and it was Guy Martin, Anstey, Ryan Farquhar and Ian Lougher who completed the top six whilst yesterday’s race winner Ian Hutchinson was down in 9th and Monday’s Superbike victor John McGuinness in 11th. Mark Buckley was flying in 11th as was newcomer Michal Dokoupil in 12th.

Dunlop was continually stretching his advantage and by the end of lap 2 his lead was up to 15 seconds, a lap of 122.692mph clear indication of the improving conditions. Cummins and Anstey were up to second and third with Martin slipping back to fourth whilst Keith Amor, Steve Plater and Hutchinson were all getting in to their stride in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Buckley and Dokoupil were still in 11th and 12th but McGuinness had slipped further back to 14th, clearly not happy with the damp circuit.

A superb pit stop saw Dunlop’s advantage soar even higher and as they started their fourth and final lap, not only was he 24 seconds ahead, he was also third on the road. Cummins appeared to be in trouble though and crossed the start line at just 98mph whilst Martin pulled in to retire, not at all happy with the performance of his engine. Meanwhile, Dokoupil’s fine ride came to end when he retired at Ballaugh.

Conditions were improving all the time as the track dried out and although Plater was charging further up the leaderboard, Dunlop had the race under control and with a final lap of 125.077mph, he took his first TT victory by 31.01 seconds. The win came 11 years after father Robert’s last win in the 1998 125cc race and 9 years after Joey’s win in the same class in 2000.

Behind, Anstey got the verdict over Cummins, whose problems disappeared as quickly as they’d surfaced, by just 0.71seconds, pleased to get a finish after 3 DNF’s whilst the Manxman was delighted with his first ever TT podium.

Plater set the fastest lap of the race, 125.384mph, on his final lap to take fourth for the third race in a row, also making it four different manufacturers in the top 4, with Hutchinson coming through to fifth ahead of Lougher, as Amor dropped out of fifth on the final lap. Farquhar took seventh ahead of Buckley who had a brilliant ride in to eighth for his best ever TT result, with Carl Rennie and Gary Johnson completing the top ten.

Hutchinson’s fifth place has seen him strengthen his lead in the battle for the Joey Dunlop Trophy and with two of his main rivals, Martin and McGuinness, posting a DNF and a lowly 11th, his advantage is up 15 points with Plater now up to second.

08.06.2009 - SURE SIDECAR REPORT FROM THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES
In a record-breaking day, Dave Molyneux took his 14th TT race win when he clinched victory in Monday afternoon’s 3-lap Sure Sidecar race, the first three-wheel win for Suzuki. Partnered by Daniel Sayle, Molyneux seized control of the race on his A&J racing Suzuki when early pace setters Nick Crowe and Mark Cox stopped at Greeba Bridge on the second lap and, once ahead, he cruised home eventually taking the win by 53 seconds. In a day of firsts, Phil Dongworth and Gary Partridge and Simon Neary and Stuart Bond finished second and third, the first time they’d stepped on to the TT podiums.

It was Crowe and Cox on their HM Plant Honda who blasted in to an early lead although they were just 1.39 seconds ahead of Molyneux and Sayle at Glen Helen first time around. John Holden/Andy Winkle were just 0.23s down in third with Dongworth in fourth just ahead of Klaus Klaffenbock/Darren Hope.

Crowe pressed on for the remainder of the lap and with a speed of 115.419mph he was 3.91 seconds clear of his fellow Manxman Molyneux. Holden was still in third but his advantage over Dongworth was only 3.48 seconds whilst Neary and Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance were up to fifth and sixth.

There was drama early on the second lap though when both Crowe and Holden were missing at Glen Helen resulting in Molyneux now holding a comfortable lead over Dongworth. News eventually came through that Crowe and Cox had stopped at Greeba Bridge whilst Holden and Winkle had only managed to get a few miles further, the Suzuki pairing out at the Black Dub.

When the race had settled down, Molyneux’s lead had shot up to 28 seconds whilst Dongworth was equally secure in second. However, the dice for third was anyone’s with Neary, Reeves and Klaffenbock locked in battle although the latter was soon out at the Gooseneck after banging his hand at Tower Bends. The Birchall brothers were also retirements, the newcomers going out on the final lap whilst holding on to a superb 6th place.

At the head of the field, Molyneux and Sayle were extending their lead all the time and with the fastest lap of the race, 116.010mph, they pressed further ahead. Controlling the race on the final lap, the pairing swept home with Molyneux taking his 14th victory, 20 years after his first, with Sayle taking his fourth.

Behind, Dongworth was finally rewarded for his many years of effort with second place and a personal best lap of 114.055mph. For passenger Partridge it was also a sweet moment having almost quite the event during practice week. Meanwhile, the battle for third went the way of Neary and Bond with Reeves and Farrance just 3 seconds adrift, the latter suffering from a lack of power.

The top ten was completed by Conrad Harrison/Kerry Williams, Steven Coombes/Paul Knapton, Roy Hanks/Dave Wells, Neil Kelly/Jason O’Connor, Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Milligan and Andy Laidlow/James Neave.

06.06.2009 - ISLE OF MAN TT RACES FINAL QUALIFYING
After the sensational speeds set on Thursday evening, the lap times were slightly slower during qualifying on Friday evening for the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races and although it was a pleasant evening on the Island, temperatures were down and a strong breeze prevalent. The main change in proceedings was that the solos were only out for an hour with the F2 sidecars getting an extended session due last night’s abandonment.

However, the evening was dominated by a spill involving fastest man in practice Cameron Donald who is now expected to miss all 5 solo races. The Australian went out on his Superstock machine but crashed out at Keppel Gate on his first lap, subsequently taken to Nobles Hospital by Airmed with minor injuries including a shoulder injury.

The session got underway on time at 6.20pm although one man missing was Bruce Anstey, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider happy with the set-up and performance of all his machines and opting to sit back and relax instead. It was 131mph man Donald who left the line first on his Superstock machine and he was joined by Conor Cummins on his McAdoo Racing Kawasaki. They were followed in quick succession by Gary Johnson and Michael Dunlop on their Superbikes, and Ian Lougher and Keith Amor, the latter on his Superstock bike. Ian Hutchinson, Steve Plater, Mark Parrett, Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin were next to leave the line.

John McGuinness went out on his Supersport machine as did William Dunlop with Mats Nilsson and James McBride not too far behind. Americans Jimmy Moore and Mark Miller were also well to the fore whilst Michael Rutter was out for the first time on the 600cc JMF/Millsport Yamaha.

Cummins was first back lapping at 127.020mph but Martin was quickest at 128.687. Johnson set his best lap of the week at 127.794 but Rutter suffered a flat battery on his 600cc machine and limped over the line with a 117mph lap. He missed the rest of the session as his Suzuki Superbike was still being repaired after blowing a head gasket the previous night.

Farquhar reported that the yellow flags were out due to the incident involving Donald and his lap was 126.734 with Lougher and Amor slightly further back. On the second lap Martin upped the pace on the Hydrex Honda with a lap of 129.013 whilst Cummins and Johnson were again above the 127mph mark. Carl Rennie (WA Corless/Jackson Racing Suzuki) was going well once more with a speed of 126.57 but it was Plater who went to the top of the Royal London 360◦ Superstock leaderboard with a lap of 126.93 ahead of Hutchinson, Amor and McGuinness.

In the Relentless Supersport class it was William Dunlop who was quickest with his best ever lap of the Mountain Course, a very impressive 123.34 and he was followed by Amor, McGuinness and Hutchinson.

Ben Wylie became the fastest newcomer of the week with a lap of 120.336 with Michael Dopukil again the best 600 newcomer.

Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle led the chairs away at 7.30pm with Nick Crowe/Mark Cox, John Holden/Andy Winkle, Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance and Klaus Klaffenbock/Darren Hope following them.

Crowe was the first back past the Grandstand though with a lap of 114.44 whilst second quickest, with their best ever lap, were Phil Dongworth and Gary Partridge at 113.30. Klaffenbock was next on 112.04 ahead of Holden at 111.32 and Reeves at 111.17 but Molyneux was touring and headed straight into the pits after just one lap at 101.07

Dongworth continued for a second lap, increasing his pace slightly to 113.355 whilst Reeves put in a total of 3 laps, the best 112.09. The Birchall brothers also completed three laps in the extended session and it paid dividends with their first ever 110mph lap coming on the third circuit, a speed of 110.688mph.

So, at the end of practice week, it’s Donald, Crowe and Cox who walk away with the superb Graham Watches having topped the solo and sidecar leaderboards but it will be little consolation for Cameron who will now miss out on adding to his two TT wins.

Dave Madsen Mygdal was reported OK at Ballacraine after an incident while Riko Penzkofler picked up a hand injury following an accident at the Nook.