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The greatest motorcycle road race in the world returns to ITV4 as riders from across the globe gather on the Isle of Man to face the unique challenge of the annual TT Races.

ITV4 has a packed schedule during the 2012 Isle of Man TT fortnight, bursting with documentaries, special features and extensive highlights of every race, keep fans glued to their screens throughout.

Craig Doyle returns to front ITV’s coverage, with race commentary and analysis from Steve Parrish and James Whitham, plus 2009 TT champion and two-time race winner Steve Plater will again be part of the on-air team.

There is nothing quite like the Isle of Man TT Races on the modern day motorsport calendar.

No other motorcycle race is held on such a challenging track as the 37-mile plus Mountain Course with its seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles.

The skill, bravery and concentration levels required are immense, with speeds approaching 200mph, and, while difficult to learn and even harder to come first, the rewards for winning on the world famous course are like no other.

The Isle of Man TT boasts more than 100 years of illustrious history and is rich in tradition.

The unique style of racing captures the imagination in a way no other event can and its sheer spectacle ensures thousands of fans flock to the Island every May and June for their annual fix.

The world famous TT Races continue to attract vast crowds for the entire two weeks, where fans can revel in the Island’s special mix of incredible racing and world class entertainment, and all set amongst the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Man.

This year’s edition promises to be one of the most competitive TT’s ever, with all the big names of road racing returning, plus a fascinating line-up of newcomers.

John McGuinness, the 17-times winner, is expected to be the man to beat once again on the Honda TT Legends Superbike.

But he will face strong challenges from the likes of Guy Martin, for Tyco Suzuki, Wilson Craig Honda’s Cameron Donald and the resurgent Ryan Farquhar on his own KMR Racing Kawasaki.

Also in the frame will be Ian Hutchinson, who won all five races in 2010 and cannot be discounted on his return riding aboard the Swan Yamaha.

Fans can follow all the drama and excitement from the 2012 TT Races with nightly highlights shows and various support programmes on ITV4 and in high-definition on ITV4 HD, as well as catch up with any show you may have missed via the ITV Player.

More information about ITV4’s TT coverage can be found via its dedicated website – itv.com/tt.

Full details of ITV4’s coverage below:

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Monday 28th May

TT 2012: John McGuinness TT Legend - 9pm-10pm – ITV4

As a build up to this year’s TT a look at the career of the man who has dominated the event, the current King of the Mountains with a record breaking 17 wins – John McGuinness.

Tuesday 29th May

TT 2012: Record Breakers – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

ITV commentators Steve Parrish and James Whitham look back at some of the record breaking moments from recent years as an appetiser for this year’s Isle of Man TT.

Thursday 31st May

TT 2012: The Final Countdown – 8pm-9pm – ITV4

As the riders prepare for the big race, the ITV team look at how the island itself prepares for the his unique and prestigious event.

TT 2012: Preview Show – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

Craig Doyle is joined by Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater to take a look at the main contenders, their machines and the unique test that is the 37-mile Mountain Course.

Friday 1st June

TT 2012: Qualifying Highlights – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

The first chance to see how the bikes and riders tackle the challenge of the 37-mile Mountain Course, as the ITV team look back at six days of practice and qualifying – an indicator to the form of the riders going into event.

Saturday 2nd June

TT 2012: Superbike TT Race – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

The big 1000cc Superbikes get race week going at the historic Isle of Man TT Races.

John McGuinness on the Honda will start as favourite to retain his Superbike crown. Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald and Conor Cummins will be leading the pack of riders looking to take his title away.

Sunday 3rd June

TT 2012: Sidecar TT Race 1 – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

Craig Doyle presents highlights of the first Sidecar Race from the Isle of Man TT.

Fourteen time winner Dave Molyneux and passenger Patrick Farrance, will be amongst the main challengers alongside John Holden and Andy Winkle, Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan, and the Birchall brothers.

Monday 4th June

TT 2012: Supersport TT Race 1 – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

This is the first race for the 600cc Supersport machines which will be lapping the Mountain Course at average speeds of over 125mph.

New Zealander Bruce Anstey was victorious in this race last year, and he will be amongst the main contenders again, alongside Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and John McGuinness.

Tuesday 5th June

TT 2012: Superstock TT Race – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

Highlights of the Superstock Race, where the 1000cc production bikes will be tackling the bumps, jumps, flat out straights, and numerous technical corners of the 37 and three quarter mile Mountain Course at average speeds touching 130mph.

Michael Dunlop won this race last year and will return to defend his title.

Wednesday 6th June

TT 2012: Supersport TT Race 2 – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

This is the second chance for the world’s leading road racers to tackle the Isle of Man TT course on their 600cc machines.

The smaller machines often provide some of the closest competition of the TT week.

Thursday 7th June

TT 2012: Sidecar TT Race 2 – 9pm-10pm – ITV4

Highlights of the second Isle of Man TT Sidecar Race. The sight of these 600c three wheel machines, and their two man crews speeding through the villages and along the lanes and mountain roads that make up the TT course is one the greatest spectacles in motor sport.

Friday 8th June

TT 2012: Senior TT – 10pm-11pm – ITV4

The grand finale of the 2012 Isle of Man TT Races as the class of 2012 will be looking to join the list of legends who have previously won one of the greatest prizes in motorcycle racing.

The 1000cc Superbikes will be hitting speeds in excess of 200mph as they tackle the country lanes and mountain roads that make up this unique TT Course.

Monday 11th June

TT 2012: Review (Part 1) – 8pm-9pm – ITV4

Tuesday 12th June

TT 2012: Review (Part 2) – 8pm-9pm – ITV4

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For more information on the 2012 Isle of Man TT visit the official website – CLICK HERE

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