Saturday, June 5
Today, Saturday June 5th, is the first day of racing at the 2010 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. They’ve been holding motorcycle races on the roads of this tiny island in the Irish Sea, between England and Ireland, since 1907. Over the years all the great names have competed here and the roster of TT winners includes great champions like Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, 26 time TT winner and legend Joey Dunlop, and current 15 time winner John McGuinness. The world famous 37 mile Mountain Course consists solely of the public roads through the island’s cities and countryside. No special pavement, no groomed track, no wide runoff areas, it’s just the roads that the Manx citizens drive every day. Through hill and dale the course proceeds and then it’s up to the top of Mount Snaefell, the 2000 foot mountain peak that gives the circuit it’s name. There are curbs, there are hedgerows, there are buildings lining the circuit and this iconic race on “real roads” attracts a special kind of competitor who can lap this place at an average speed of over 130 mph! Peak speeds exceed 190 mph and all within just a few feet of the 50,000 spectators who line the course. In recent years the Superstock, Supersport, Superbike and Sidecar classes are all represented as they are this year. After a week of testing and practice the real racing begins today. Learn more about the Isle of Man TT races and see results at www.iomtt.com. Of course, RevZilla’s here at the Isle of Man TT because we’re about all things motorcycle! Where bikes and enthusiasts gather, that’s where we want to be. RevZilla Rocks it Out at the 2010 Isle of Man races!