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TT 2019: RST Superbike Race Reduced To Four Lap Distance

Traditionally ran over six laps, tomorrow’s RST Superbike race hoped to begin at 10:45 AM, will take place over a reduced distance of four laps.

The decision to reduce the race distance, means that competitors now only have to make one pit stop, making it all the more important for racers to have a slick, error free time in the pit lane.

One mistake, one tiny error could prove just enough tomorrow, for chances of RST Superbike success to crumble.

For many the battle for race honours is between practice week leader Dean Harrison, Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins, Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki’s James Hillier and Mountain Course lap record holder Peter Hickman.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Don’t underestimate as well Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop, Honda Racing’s David Johnson and Ian Hutchinson, PreZ Racing’s very much in form Jamie Coward, Gary Johnson, RC213V-S Honda mounted Michael Rutter, PRL Racing’s Sam West.

Added ones to watch include of course Norton’s John McGuinness, Penz 13 BMW’s Davey Todd and Daley Mathison, Jay Lawrence (Buildbase Suzuki), Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport), Rob Hodson, Cornwall’s Forest Dunn, Brian McCormack (On 1 Racing) and Market Rasen’s Phil Crowe.

Alongside the opening Superbike encounter, Monday also sees the first of the three lap Locate.im Sidecar races take place, plus a four lap Monster Energy Supersport race, scheduled to get underway in the evening at 6:30 PM.

The present schedule for day 1 of racing at TT 2019, is as follows:

09:15 AM Mountain road section of TT course closes
10:00 AM Remainder of the TT course closes
10:45 AM RST Superbike TT – 4 Laps
1:00 PM Locate.im Sidecar TT Race 1 – 3 Laps
3:00 PM Lightweight practice – 2 Laps
3:55 PM TT Zero practice – 1 Lap
4:50 PM TT course opens, except for Mountain road section

6:00 PM TT course closes
6:30 PM Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 – 4 Laps
8:15 PM TT course closes, except for Mountain road section
9:15 PM Remainder of the TT course closes

Words by Stevie Rial

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