IOM TT Races Mountain Course Centenary
25th May, 2011
There is no sporting event anyhwere which compares to the Isle of Man TT Races. Other motorcycle races held on circuits don't come anywhere near the thrill and spectacle of watching intrepid riders reaching speeds of 200mph on the challenging roads of the 37-mile plus Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of corners, bumps, jumps and walls.
This year, 2011 from May 30 to June 10, is the Centenary of the famous Mountain course. Although the first TT race was held in 1907, it is exactly 100 years ago in 1911 since the Mountain Course was first used.
No other motorsport event can lay claim to more than 100 years of racing with all the history, tradition and famous riders such as Surtees, Duke and Hailwood who are forever associated with the TT races.
Even modern day MotoGP circuit racers (who don't take part in the TT incidentally) come to the Island to view the spectacle of man and machine against the famous circuit. Last year MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi attended and completed a demonstration lap and this year former world champion, Mick Doohan will attend.
This exciting motorsport event attracts huge numbers of fans from all over the world, many with their own motorbikes. They come to soak up TT's incredible racing and the electric atmosphere it creates for these two weeks of June.