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Isle of Man TT 2016: Riders set for opening practice session

Michael Dunlop Image copyright Steve Babb
Image caption Michael Dunlop will again be looking to reach the top step of the TT podium

The opening practice session at the Isle of Man TT races will be held on the Mountain Course later.

All roads around the 37.75-mile (60km) TT course will close to traffic at 18:00 BST, with the Mountain section closing an hour earlier.

Race newcomers will be the first to depart down Glencrutchery Road at 18:20 BST on a speed-controlled lap.

Practices will continue on Monday and be held every evening next week ahead of the opening racing on 4 June.

TT stars including John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop will have their first taste of TT 2016 during Monday evening's first timed session.

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Image caption Morecambe's John McGuinness will be looking to add to his tally of 23 Isle of Man TT wins

McGuinness is three wins away from equalling Joey Dunlop's all-time record of 26 wins.

The TT sees riders reach speeds in excess of 200mph.

Last year more than 43,000 fans travelled to the island for the festival, which has been running for more than 100 years.

The opening Superbike and sidecar races will be held on 4 June with the main Senior race on 10 June.

Manx rally driver Mark Higgins will also attempt to break his own TT lap record in a car at this year's event on 10 June.

Races are also being held on the Billown circuit in the south of the island this weekend with the holding of the Pre-TT races.

Isle of Man TT race schedule
Saturday 4 June 11:00 BST Superbike (Six laps)
Saturday 4 June 14:00 BST Sidecar 1 (Three laps)
Monday 6 June 10:45 BST Supersport 1 (Four laps)
Monday 6 June 13:45 BST Superstock (Four laps)
Wednesday 8 June 10:45 BST Supersport 2 (Four laps)
Wednesday 8 June 13:45 BST Lightweight (Four laps)
Wednesday 8 June 16:25 BST TT Zero (One lap)
Friday 10 June 10:15 BST Sidecar 2 (Three laps)
Friday 10 June 12:45 BST Senior (Six laps)

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