IOMTT: Senior TT Cancelled for the First Time Antebellum

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The 2012 PokerStars Senior TT is making history books, despite the fact the race was postponed from Friday to Saturday, and ultimately cancelled late in the afternoon on its rescheduled race day. The first time the Senior TT has been called for track conditions, the only other time the blue ribbon race has failed to run has been during the TT’s racing suspension for WWI and WWII.

Leaving fans to wait along the Mountain Course for several hours, the race was finally scrapped after a contingency of TT riders viewed the full course via automobile. Finding damp patches along sections like the Mountain Mile, John McGuinness et al deemed the race too risky for the 200+ bhp superbikes, though they thought that the tamer inaugural Lightweight class (650cc twins) would be alright to make the run.

Showing prudence over desire, the cancellation meant the John McGuinness would miss out on his 20th career TT win this season, and it also meant that the Norton team would not be able to run the Norton SG1 in its only slated race for the TT fortnight.

A disappointment for fans who stayed over the extra night on the Isle of Man, the bright side of Race Control’s decision was a fatality-free TT.

Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0