THE decision to adopt the same schedule as 2012 for the TT was taken this week, following this year's successful race meeting that saw close finishes in a number of the classes, with the Supersport Race 2 decided by less than a second in one of the closest races in the event's history.
Fans also witnessed the first historic 100mph lap by an electric bike, saw John McGuinness take his 19th TT title and watched Dave Molyneux climb the overall wins leaderboard with two more sidecar wins. Qualifying for the 2013 TT Races will begin on Saturday 25th May with sessions for Lightweight machines, all solo Newcomers and Sidecars, with the Superbikes, Supersport and Superstock classes starting their qualifying programme on Monday 27th May. Final qualifying takes place on Friday 31st May. The only significant change to the programme sees a third qualification lap added to the schedule for the TT Zero Race, with laps on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Monday 3rd June. The only problem with the extra lap is the way the days turn out to be very long ones, especially if there are any delays in starting the races as happened this year. While it is only one lap, the time it takes to get this completed could add another two hours to the day. The race programme opens with the now traditional Superbike Race on Saturday 1st June, followed by the opening Sidecar Race later in the afternoon. Monday 3rd June sees the Royal London 360 Superstock Race and the first Monster Energy Supersport Race. Wednesday's packed programme will again include the second Supersport Race, the second Sidecar Race and the SES TT Zero Race, and Friday 7th June will feature the return of the Lightweight Race, culminating with the Senior TT Race.