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Isle of Man TT 2024: Senior TT shortened as rain forces schedule shake-up

The Senior TT finale for the 2024 Isle of Man TT has been shortened to four laps to accommodate a revised Friday and Saturday race schedule due to rain disruption.

Josh Brookes, Supersport

Organisers have had to battle the elements on numerous occasions this week, with Tuesday’s Supertwin and Superstock races postponed to Wednesday due to poor conditions.

Only the Supertwin race ended up running on Wednesday because of rain, forcing the Superstock race to be pushed back to Thursday alongside the second Supersport and Sidecar contests ousted from their Wednesday slots in the schedule reshuffle.

A packed Thursday should have gotten under way at 10:30am local time, but a crash in the opening lap of the Sidecar race brought out a red flag and led to a schedule alteration.

While the three-lap Superstock race and two-lap restarted Sidecar contest were able to run, rainfall not long before the scheduled start of the second Supersport event of the week has forced organisers to shelve it for Thursday.

Organisers have now confirmed that the second Supersport race will take place at 11:45am on Friday followed by the second Superstock contest at 3:30pm.

But the biggest change to the schedule comes on Saturday, as the Senior TT finale has been moved back to later in the day and shortened by two laps.

Initially the only race scheduled for Saturday at 11:45am local time, the Senior TT will now run over four laps at start at 2:30pm as the second Supertwin race has been slotted in at 11:45am now.

Michael Dunlop, MD Racing Yamaha

Michael Dunlop, MD Racing Yamaha

Photo by: iomtt.com

Michael Dunlop equalled the all-time record of 26 wins set by his late uncle Joey in 2000 last Saturday in the opening Supersport encounter.

A new schedule is yet to be announced for Friday, but the Supersport race will likely slot into that timetable to leave Saturday reserved for the Senior TT finale.

The Supersport race had originally be due to run at 2:15pm BST and would have finished by the time the rain arrived.

The second race for the class at this year’s event would have given Michael Dunlop a chance to increase his tally of victories atop of the all-time winners list to 28.

The 35-year-old equalled the record of 26 set by his late uncle Joey in 2000 last Saturday in the opening Supersport encounter.

In the first Supertwin race of the week on Wednesday, Dunlop moved ahead with his 27th win.

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Peter Hickman won a dramatic Superbike TT last Sunday after Dunlop was knocked out of the lead by a visor issue, giving him a 14th victory to equal Mike Hailwood’s tally.

The Englishman lost out to Davey Todd in a thrilling Superstock race on Thursday, with the latter scoring his first TT victory by just 2.2s.

The Sidecar class has completed its racing for TT 2024, with Ryan and his passenger brother Callum Crowe taking the spoils in both races.

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