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NEW 2023 TT RACE PROGRAMME

The Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise (DfE) has confirmed a final schedule for the 2023 Isle of Man TT. The event will run from Monday 29 May (a public holiday with a full day of qualifying practice). The first race will be on Saturday 3 June. The concluding Senior TT race will now take place on Saturday 10 June. And although Senior race day has moved, Friday 9 June will remain as another public holiday.

Outlining various changes, the DfE said: “The new ten-race schedule for 2023 will hopefully drive the event’s long-term sustainability, delivering a range of benefits. These include Increasing overall visitor numbers and economic benefit, by creating two long weekend options for visiting fans. 

“Filling accommodation capacity towards the end of the racing programme will in turn give visitors greater flexibility and a boost for accommodation providers. Previously, more than 65% of visitors had left before the Senior TT.

“Reducing the duration of race days, will also lessen the impact on residents, as well as reducing the demand on volunteers and officials, including marshals, teams and competitors. There will be an improved offering for fans too, with more racing and both feature Superbike races positioned in prime viewing times on weekend afternoons.”

Manx DfE minister Lawrie Hooper added: “The schedule has been developed following an extensive amount of research and stakeholder feedback. It is a proactive step towards supporting visitor growth and offers clear benefits to local businesses and the Isle of Man economy. 

“The Island’s current TT capacity is limited to around 28,000 visitors at any one time, with the current visitor curve highlighting infrastructure pressures on the middle weekend. The new schedule aims to sustain current visitor numbers while also promoting growth. We expect it to encourage new visitor patterns and capitalise on capacity, driving an additional 50,000 bed-nights over time, which would represent an additional spend on the Island of £6m.”

A full copy of the schedule is available on www.iomttraces.com

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