Isle of Man TT 2017: Isle of Man TT roars into action

Michael Dunlop
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 on Saturday.

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 3 June.

Stars including Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson will have their first taste of TT 2017 during Monday evening's first timed session.

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

Last year, more than 40,000 fans travelled to the island for the festival, which has been running for more than 100 years.

Races are also being held on the Billown circuit in the south of the island.

Isle of Man TT race schedule
Saturday 3 June 11:00 BSTSuperbike (Six laps)
Saturday 3 June 14:00 BSTSidecar 1 (Three laps)
Monday 5 June 10:45 BSTSupersport 1 (Four laps)
Monday 5 June 14:15 BSTSuperstock (Four laps)
Wednesday 7 June 10:45 BSTSupersport 2 (Four laps)
Wednesday 7 June 14.15 BSTLightweight (Four laps)
Wednesday 7 June 16:20 BSTTT Zero (One lap)
Friday 9 June 10:15 BSTSidecar 2 (Three laps)
Friday 9 June 12:30 BSTSenior (Six laps)

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