Opening Isle of Man TT postponed to Sunday following poor weather

Isle of Man TT organisers the ACU has confirmed the opening race day for 2019 has been postponed to Sunday following the lack of practice time this week

Opening Isle of Man TT postponed to Sunday following poor weather

Poor weather on the Island has forced four days of qualifying practice to be scrapped, with Thursday's running the latest to fall by the wayside.

Two sessions are now scheduled for Friday, with the first Superbike and Sidecar races originally due for Saturday.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson confirmed after Wednesday's cancellations that plans were in place to move racing to Sunday to allow for additional practice time, with this contingency now being put into action.

The new schedule now has a combined Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers session pencilled in for 11:40am local time on Saturday, followed by Sidecar running at 1:10pm and a SSP/Lightweight session at 2:50pm.

An additional lap of running for the Sidecars, SBK, STK and Zero TT classes will commence at 3:45pm.

The six-lap SBK race is due to start at 1:30pm on Sunday, with the first three-lap Sidecar contest taking place 3:50pm.

Earlier on Thursday, Thompson revealed discussions had been held to hold practice on Monday and condense race week to four days running from Tuesday to Friday, should no more practice take place before Sunday.

Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider Dean Harrison set the pace in the only SBK session of the week so far, guiding his ZX-10RR to a lap of 17m28.610s at 129.53mph on Tuesday night.

He also leads the way in the STK classifications and in SSP, while Jamie Coward was fastest in the LTW session on Sunday on his Prez Racing machine after a lap of 18m52.240s at 119.96mph.

Silicone Barnes Racing's John Holden and passenger Lee Cain were fastest of all in Tuesday's Sidecar outing, leading the times with a 19m41.234s at 114.99mph.

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