Sunday, January 6, 2013

IOM TT ZERO 2013 will have additional practice lap for electric race bikes

According to a news release from the Isle of Man TT, the TT ZERO race will have an additional qualifying/practice round.  In November 2012 they released information for the 2013 TT Race Programme, saying that it would be largely unchanged from the 2012 program.  One major change will be the additional qualifying lap for the TT ZERO, which is an improvement over past TT ZERO's but does not bring parity between the number of practice laps for TT ZERO bikes versus gas powered bikes.

The TT Zero race qualification laps will be on May 31, June 1 and June 3.

The news release says this however:  "Qualifying for the 2013 TT will begin on Saturday, May 25, with sessions for Lightweight machines, all solo Newcomers and Sidecars, with the Superbikes, Supersport and Superstock classes starting their qualifying programme on Monday, May 27. Final qualifying takes place on Friday, May 31."

If "qualifying" finishes on May 31, how come TT ZERO "qualifying" doesn't BEGIN until May 31?

The TT ZERO race will again be on Wednesday, June 5, alongside the second Supersport race, and second Sidecar race.

Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development Head of Motorsport Trevor Hussey said: “We've had a great reaction to the Lightweight race in the first year both from entrants and the fans and we're expecting further growth in that class in 2013. We also wanted to find space in the schedule to include an additional qualifying lap for the TT Zero race, to assist those teams in their ongoing and rapid machine development. We again expect to have oversubscribed fields in most of the classes, all the major teams from 2012 are set to return and we can again look forward to another edition of the most exciting road race on the calendar.”

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