Having seen too many practice sessions affected by the weather, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson was left with little choice but to postpone what would have been the first race of the Isle of Man TT, taking the opinion that the riders hadn’t had enough time on the Mountain Course — a point-of-view that many riders shared.
As such, Saturday’s scheduled Dainese Superbike Race will be pushed back to 2:15pm on Sunday (local time). However this does not mean that Saturday’s sidecar race will be altered, and remains scheduled for 2pm. This means that the sidecars will serve as the opening race for the 2013 Isle of Man TT.
With the 1,000cc superbikes posing the most risk on the TT course, riders were keen to get more time lapping the circuit with their superbike machinery.
Because only one practice session had been under sunny and dry conditions, and also due to the TT’s open-practice format, some of the TT riders, who split their time among the Supersport, Superstock, and Superbike classes, had not been able to spend a meaningful amount of time on their Superbike-spec machines.
Source: IOMTT; Photo: © 2013 Tony Goldsmith / TGF Photos – All Rights Reserved