Race program, results and how to watch it on TV

“She was a bit of a slut the whole two weeks,” Hickman said of her Superbike. “She took me for a ride, rather than me riding her. The team did a fantastic job and worked so hard to understand what it was all about. As of this morning it hasn’t been resolved. Yesterday it still wasn’t good. Today, in the warm-up, I came down Bray Hill and knew we had finally made it.

“Dean got up from the right side of the bed this morning. Michael was fantastic all week. He is amazing and thank you all. I think some people thought I was making excuses (after the Superbike race on Sunday), but I’m not that kind of person. I still had something in the tank, but Dean took off a lap early. Thank you all.

For Dunlop, it means it will have to wait until 2024 before it has a chance of equaling Uncle Joey’s all-time record of 26 wins, after taking four race wins this week to put itself one behind 25.

“I thought we would definitely go faster,” Dunlop said. “I tried something (with the set up), I thought the pace would get faster. We should have been well over 36 but the pace slowed down a little, not sure why.

“We made some changes to allow that, but then we lost a little bit. The guys are pushing hard and it would get hot and heavy. It took us a lap or two to settle in, we actually exhausted our range a bit.

“There’s only so much you can do. So it was and we always try to go faster. We ended up winning four races this week. We could have won more, we could have won less. That’s the way it goes.”

Harrison still finished the week strong, securing a best placing of second after finishing each solo podium finish. “I had six races and six podiums, and second place in Senior,” Harrison said.

“Winning would have been nice but everyone tries to do the same. Thanks to the team, the bikes were perfect. It’s been tough and now I have time to rest a bit. I said I would start from the beginning and put my head down. I pushed forward and found the rhythm. I had a couple of problems halfway through the race, but nothing serious that I want to complain about.”

Hickman concluded the week by paying tribute to the late Raul Torras, who died in a crash at the end of the opening Supertwin race earlier in the week. With an outpouring of tributes for the Spaniard – the fastest TT rider from Spain – his brother Angel waved off the field for the start of Friday’s second Supertwin race, won by Hickman himself.

“My thoughts are with Raul’s family, who will not be home this weekend,” Hickman said. “He was a good friend and my thoughts are with him.”

What is the Isle of Man TT?

Over the course of two weeks, the Isle of Man’s public roads are closed and become one of the fastest race circuits in the world, eclipsed only by the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland which currently boasts the fastest lap average.

The TT features five different categories which this year will all compete twice over the course of eight days. Single riders will jump between Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin machinery, while riders will team up with a passenger to compete in the two Sidecar races.

Events are very dependent on weather conditions and long delays can occur, particularly when public roads are used during the two weeks when the races are not taking place: oil spills, parked cars and wild animals are a common occurrence.

Where can I watch it?

For years, TT coverage was only available across major TV programs on ITV4 each evening. But last year TT organizers unveiled new plans to provide live coverage online through the TT+ Live Pass, which returns again for 2023.

Access will cost a one-off sum of £19.99 for the two weeks, which will include coverage of all qualifying and race sessions, daily summaries and hours of exclusive TT programming.

You can also follow the race week with Telegraph Sport.

2023 Isle of Man TT results

3 June
Monster Energy Supersport Race One results

1. Michael Dunlop 01:11:22.090
2. Peter Hickman +12,329
3. Dean Harrison +0.393
4. Jamie Coward +41,277
5. Davey Todd +2,836

3Wheeling.Media Sidecar TT Race 1

1. Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 56:53.768
2. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley +24,066
3. John Holden/Maxime Vasseur +3:15.401
4. Steve Ramsden/Mathew Ramsden +3,551
5. Gary Bryan/Philip Hyde +16,212

June 4th
RSTSuperbikeTT

1. Michael Dunlop 1:43:01.854
2. Peter Hickman +8,233
3. Dean Harrison +9,806
4. James Hillier +2:00.343
5. Jamie Coward +10,440

June 6
RL360 Superstock TT Race 1
1. Peter Hickman 51:05.244
2. Michael Dunlop +23,171
3. Dean Harrison +14,827
4. Davey Todd +23,007
5. James Hillier +8,570

Carole Nash Supertwin TT Race 1 – 3 laps

1. Michael Dunlop 56:21.475
2. Mike Browne +26,783
3. Jamie Coward +2,237
4. Peter Hickman +26,045
5. Josh Brookes +11,129

7 June
3wheeling.media Sidecar TT Race 2 – 3 laps

1. Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 56:41.815
2. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley +9.147s
3. Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe +47,632
4. Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes +1:36.317
5. Steve Ramsden/Mathew Ramsden +38,961

Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2

1. Michael Dunlop 1:10:50.234
2. Peter Hickman +9,617
3. Dean Harrison +24,811
4. Davey Todd +11,878
5. Jamie Coward +21,623

June 9th
RL360 Superstock TT Race 2 – 3 laps

1. Peter Hickman 50:48.330
2. Michael Dunlop +17,184
3. Dean Harrison +40,836
4. Conor Cummins +18,300
5. Josh Brookes +23,741

Results of Carole Nash Supertwin TT Race Two

1.Peter Hickman
2. Pierre Yves Bian +47,784s
3. Josh Brookes +2,001
4. Stefano Bonetti +27,398s
5. Rob Hodson +7,576

June 10th
Milwaukee Senior TT – 6 laps

1.Peter Hickman
2. Dean Harrison +19,989
3. Michael Dunlop +20,422
4. Conor Cummins +1:30.917
5. Josh Brookes +23,564

Who are the runners to watch?

Peter Hickman is predicted to be the man to beat in 2023 after winning nine of the last 16 solo races (excluding the TT Zero race). Hickman also has the all-time lap record, an average of 135.452 mph, set in the 2018 Senior TT, as well as the Superstock TT record. The Monster Energy by FHO Racing BMW driver is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Hickman’s main competitor in those years was Dean Harrison. This year riding for Kawasaki Dao Racing, Harrison has three wins to his name, including the 2019 Senior TT.

But both will keep an eye on the threat of 21-time TT winner Michael Dunlop, who appears to be in his best form for years and hit the ground running during qualifying week. Dunlop is just five wins behind his uncle Joey Dunlop, who remains the man with the most TT victories in history, and with eight solo victories up for grabs in 2023 – more than ever – that gap could be narrowed significantly by the end. of the week.

The Padgetts Honda duo of Davey Todd and local Manxman Conor Cummins are also strong favorites to be up to speed, although the latter struggled with illness throughout qualifying week, while Hickman’s British Superbike teammate Josh Brookes returns to the TT for the first time since 2018 and is already threatening the 130mph barrier.

Another TT legend to keep an eye on is John McGuinness, the 24-time winner who is just a whisker away from equaling Joey Dunlop’s record. At age 51, McGuinness’ fastest days may be behind him, but his aim is to return to the podium this year with Honda Racing and the veteran can never be ruled out of the race if things are going his way. the right direction.

How many cyclists died?

The TT wouldn’t be the challenge it is without its level of risk and danger. In total, 266 cyclists and passengers died on the Snaefell Mountain Course, which hosts the TT, Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT.

There have been 155 crash-related deaths in TT alone, with 2022 proving particularly tragic with six deaths recorded in the two weeks.

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