Although the Isle of Man TT won’t be held this year, the racing will continue at full speed in 2022. And, organizers are planning changes for next year’s event. The 2022 Isle of Man competition will run from Sunday, May 29th, through Friday, June 10th.
Although we’ve already told you about the new plan for live video coverage for all qualifying and races, other changes affect the racing itself. Qualifying will still stretch over six days, but the final session of the competition will take place on Friday afternoon. The change should give competitors more time to prepare for racing.
The race day program will also be revised. Each morning, there will be a single warm-up lap for the competitors. The revision will allow the racers to gauge current conditions on the circuit and make any appropriate changes. Organizers believe that by replacing the midweek qualifying and practice sessions, the day’s schedule will be more streamlined, with roads opening earlier than previous events.
Revisions to some racing classes will also be made. In 2022, the Lightweight TT category will get a new name and new rules. The changes will allow bikes from Aprilia and Yamaha into the new classification.
The Bennetts Supertwin TT will now permit twin-cylinder bikes up to 700cc. This change will allow machines such as the Aprilia RS660, Yamaha YZF-R7, and Yamaha MT-07 to compete in the class.
The sidecar category will see its biggest changes in 30 years. In 2022, 900cc parallel-twin engines will be allowed. The change could see the parallel-twin engines from KTM’s 890 Duke and the BMW F900R find their way into sidecar rigs.
Rigs running the newly eligible engines will be in the same category as the 600cc four-cylinder and 675cc triples that are the mainstay of the outgoing classification system.
Looking forward to 2023, organizers are hoping to introduce even more changes, subject to local public agreement. One change will see the launch of a longer race program, with six race days instead of four. It would also increase the total number of races from eight to ten, with a second race for the Superstock and Supertwin classes.