It’s not a good start to festivities over at the Isle of Man, as the 2014 Isle of Man TT has seen its first day of practice washed out by the rain. Saturday’s opening day was called by Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson, as rain hit the small nation island in the evening.
As such, Saturday’s schedule will be added to Monday’s, with the newcomers speed-controlled untimed laps for solo riders starting at 18:15, with the sidecar newcomers starting their first lap at 18:30. The sessions originally slated for Monday (Superbike, Superstock, and Supersport) will get underway at 18:45, as was originally planned.
“It’s unfortunate but the conditions were not conducive to any laps on the course this evening so the only sensible course of action was to cancel the session. I’m conscious that the Lightweight machines have lost time at this stage and I’ll be looking to make it up ahead of their race on Friday week.”
Monday is slated to have showers in the morning, with the weather improving by the time the evening’s sessions should start. However, with the climate in the Irish Sea always being unpredictable, anything could happen in the next 24 hrs.
Hopefully though, Saturday’s opening sessions are the only ones that fall victim to the rain — especially after the disappointment of seeing the 2012 Senior TT race cancelled for the first time ever, outside of a World War of course.