Lightweight TT race returns to the Isle of Man

Supertwins re-introducing the race class

FROM 2012 the Isle of Man TT race schedule will be increased to include the returning Lightweight race using Supertwins.

The Lightweight Race will feature 650cc twin cylinder four stroke machines. Running over three-laps the race will take place on the morning of Friday 8th June ahead of the blue riband PokerStars Senior TT.

Supertwin machines are a regular sight in the national road races, many of the leading TT riders including Ryan Farquhar, Adrian Archibald, Daniel Kneen, John Burrows and Ian Lougher are noted competitors.

Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, Isle of Man Government commented: "Interest is growing in the Supertwin class and a large number of competitors as well as leading manufacturers Kawasaki and Suzuki have already expressed their backing for the race. We feel it is the right time to introduce the Supertwins machines to the TT programme and their inclusion will not only benefit the TT, but is likely to speed up the growth in the class at national level, and at the other International Road Races."

The Lightweight TT will carry a substantial prize fund of over £25,000, and the winner will receive the Lightweight TT Trophy - last won by three-time TT winner Chris Palmer in 2004.

Technical regulations are currently being drawn up by race organisers in consultation with the manufacturers, riders and teams, and are expected to be issued by the end of September. The regulations will focus on containing costs for competitors and producing close and exciting racing.