2015 IoM TT
After the disappointment of Monday evening’s session being cancelled, riders were back out on the course on Tuesday for the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races but with strong winds and squally showers, the decision was made to make the session untimed. Deteriorating conditions resulted in the sidecars missing out completely.
Although the session was untimed, at least the competitors had the opportunity to get out on the Mountain Course on all of their bikes with sessions scheduled for all classes.
At 6.25pm, the 1000cc sessions were finally unleashed for the first time although riders were warned of strong winds on the Mountain, bright sun at Appledene and damp patches at Tower Bends – typical of the IoM!
First away were Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter swiftly followed by Ian Hutchinson and James Hillier, Guy Martin and Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston and Gary Johnson. However, the latter only got as far as Ballaugh before breaking down and Dan Stewart was another of the early starters to suffer problems although he was able to return to the Grandstand and get back out.
All the riders were out on their Superbikes and Hutchinson was first to complete a lap ahead of Dunlop, Rutter and Martin, the last three all pulling in to either make changes or switch to their Superstock machines.
MT’s Cam Donald finally got to unwind his Norton Superbike, something he’s been desperate to do since arriving.
Conor Cummins reported that Windy Corner was living up to its name while Ryan Farquhar noted there were a number of damp patches around the course
The weather reports for the rest of the week are broadly positive so hopes are high for some good, clear practice sessions ahead of Saturday’s first scheduled race day.
There were three reported incidents in the solo’s session; American Brandon Cretu and Philip Crowe were reported off at Kerrowmoar and Laurel Bank but were both reported okay by the travelling marshals while Mark Herbertson was airlifted to Nobles with a reported shoulder injury after coming off at Mountain Box.
Tomorrow’s qualifying session is due to see Superbikes, Superstocks and Supersports out at 18.20 (GMT) with Sidecars due out at 20:00.