After two long years, May 2022 will see the world’s best motor races come home and it promises to be bigger then ever before.
Qualifying for TT 2022 once again stretches over six days, with the first qualifying session – a newly expanded session – getting underway on Sunday afternoon. Sessions then return to their regular evening time slot for four consecutive nights starting on Monday May 30. The final qualifying session of the fortnight, however, now takes place on Friday afternoon, echoing the popular Thursday afternoon sessions of the past and giving competitors more time to prepare ahead of racing.
The most significant change is a revamped race-day programme, which will see a single warm-up lap for competitors taking place each morning before racing gets underway. By replacing the midweek qualifying and practice sessions, the change allows for a more streamlined daily schedule with roads opening earlier than currently scheduled.
Find out more about the 2022 schedule here.
The Lightweight TT will get a new name and a new rulebook for 2022, with the latest regulations allowing both Yamaha and Aprilia to compete in the category for the first time in the modern era. The regulations for the newly badged Bennetts Supertwin TT will permit twin-cylinder machines up to 700cc such as the Aprilia RS660 and the Yamaha MT-07 and YZF-R7.
For the first time, the sidecar class will be permitted to use 900cc parallel twin-cylinder engines such as those found in the KTM 890 DUKE and the BMW F900R. In what will be the biggest shake-up in the class for three decades, the newly eligible powerplants will run alongside the 600cc four-cylinder and 675cc three-cylinder outfits that have long been the mainstay of sidecar racing at the TT.
For those making the pilgrimage to the island, the introduction of the TT Fan Park will apparently transform rest days and time away from the track by gifting fans even greater access to their heroes. Boasting full and uninterrupted live coverage on the big screen, fans can anticipate two whole weeks of lively entertainment, including live music, signing sessions, games, competitions and more. Also included in the Park’s itinerary are the famous TT prize presentations – just one of many features that promise to connect fans with their favourite competitors through the fortnight.