ITV Sport returns to the Isle of Man for the 2014 running of the iconic TT races with comprehensive nightly highlights of all the exciting wheel-to-wheel action airing throughout the fortnight on ITV4.
This prestigious event is the most important on the motorcycle road racing calendar and has a long and distinguished history which began back in 1907.
Using the public roads of the island as a racing track, it lends the event a unique flavour as there is nothing else quite like the infamous 37-mile course in the world of motorsport.
With its hairpin bends and the general hazards of the public highway, such as manhole covers, bumpy roads and the odd telegraph pole to weave around, it takes skill, bravery and concentration to negotiate this extremely demanding course at speeds approaching 200mph.
Following the previous week’s practice and qualifying sessions, the main races begin on Saturday, May 31, and climaxes with the highlight of the week, the Senior TT on Friday 6 June, consisting of 6 laps of the circuit.
This year’s field looks set to produce the most open set of TT races in many years, with one of six or seven riders in contention to take victory in the blue riband event, the Senior TT, at the end of the week.
Last year’s race was won by the great John McGuinness with the Morecambe-born Honda rider, winner of the Senior TT race six times, now just one shy of breaking the great Mike Hailwood’s record.
However, at 42, the Englishman and 20-time TT winner knows that his years at the top are perhaps numbered.
Another rider in the spotlight is 25-year-old Irishman Michael Dunlop, who comes from a distinguished family of two-wheel champions and is riding in his seventh TT.
He will be looking to build on last year’s impressive performances at the TT where he managed to achieve his most successful to date with four victories during the week.
But Dunlop, the nephew of Joey, is riding new machinery this year following sour contract negotiations with Honda, as he signed with BMW Motorrad/Hawk Racing.
He piloted his new bike to two race wins at the recent North West 200 and will looking to emulate the 75th anniversary of the factory’s Senior TT victory in 1939.
Other familiar TT faces including Ian Hutchison, Conor Cummins, Guy Martin and Cameron Donald will also be in action and all hotly tipped to rival Dunlop and McGuinness for race victories throughout the week.
The TT races captures the imagination in a way no other race can and its sheer spectacle and uniqueness ensures thousands of fans flock to the Island every May and June for their annual fix.
No other motorsport event attracts people in great numbers for an entire period of two weeks except the world famous TT Races, 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.
Follow the 2014 Isle of Man TT exclusively on ITV4 and ITV4 HD from May 26 to June 7.
Motorcycling fans can follow all the dramatic action from the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races with daily programming on ITV4 throughout the fortnight.
As ever, the channel will dedicate its evening schedules to special TT documentaries, features and interviews in the build-up to race week, before ITV4’s extensive daily one-hour highlights programmes featuring every race on the 2014 TT schedule starts on Friday, May 30, with all but one show being broadcast at 9.00pm each night.
Compared to previous years, there is more coverage than ever before with an extra one-hour highlights show, bringing the total up to 15 shows over the two-week event.
Craig Doyle returns to present ITV4’s coverage alongside former racers Steve Parrish and James Whitham, as well as 2009 TT champion and two-time race winner Steve Plater, all of whom will again be part of the commentary team.
Due to Doyle’s rugby and MotoGP commitments, Gethin Jones will step in as presenter of the first two race highlights shows over the first weekend, hosting the Superbike Race and Sidecar Race 1.
Every highlights programme will be screened in high-definition on ITV4 HD and also available to watch shortly after broadcast via the catch-up service ITV Player on all devices.
Experienced motorsport production company North One TV will again be the host broadcaster for the event and are responsible for producing all of ITV Sport’s coverage.
North One took over TT TV production in 2009 and figures from last year’s event show an increase in TV audiences throughout the 130 countries where the TT can be seen of 24.4m which is up from 8.1m in 2010.
Shortly before this year’s event, ITV agreed a new deal to continue screening daily highlights of the world famous TT Races until at least 2018.
.Monday 26th May TT 2014: The Michael Dunlop Story 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
An in-depth insight into the mind of Michael Dunlop after a stellar 2013 TT which saw Dunlop take four victories during race week.
The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland has his sights set on making TT history in this year by becoming the first rider to win six races.
Dunlop joins forces with BMW for 2014 as the team seeks to emulate the great BMW victory of Georg Meier in the Isle of Man Senior TT exactly 75 years ago.
.Tuesday 27th May TT 2014: A Very British Challenge 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
A fascinating look at the legendary Norton Motorcycles, the classic British marque synonymous with TT Racing.
Their intentions for 2014 are clear, signing proven TT winner Cameron Donald to race in the Superbike and Senior TT Races for the team.
The Australian starts both races from the number 19 position made famous by the late Steve Hislop who took Norton’s last TT victory in the 1992 Senior Race.
.Wednesday 28th May TT 2014: The Class of 2014 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
ITV4 looks at the young stars hoping to tame the Isle of Man TT’s 37-mile long mountain course on the eve of the 2014 races.
Danny Webb, one of the UK’s leading 125cc Grand Prix and Moto 3 contenders, will make his road racing debut at the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races riding for KMR Kawasaki.
Peter Hickman, leading British Superbike Championship rider starts his campaign for the Ice Valley by Motorsave team, while Martin Jessopp, fellow British Superbike Championship competitor, lines up for Riders Motorcycles.
.Thursday 29th May TT 2014: Preview Show 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Craig Doyle and ITV team take a look ahead to the legendary Isle of Man TT Races as the 2014 edition gets underway.
He will meet the leading contenders for race victories, while fellow presenters Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater guide viewers around the 37-mile Mountain Course and the machines that will tackle it.
.Friday 30th May TT 2014: Qualifying 10.00pm-11.00pm ITV4
Craig Doyle introduces highlights of the qualifying sessions for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Race.
Commentators Steve Parrish, James Whitham and Steve Plater will be analysing the times and giving their views on who are the riders to beat.
.Saturday 31st May TT 2014: Superbike TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Racing gets underway at the Isle of Man TT with the Superbike Race, where the 1000cc machines will top speeds of 200mph around the Mountain Course.
Michael Dunlop joins BMW for their 2014 campaign and will be aiming to make it two in a row after his victory last year. Gethin Jones presents.
.Sunday 1st June TT 2014: Sidecar TT Race 1 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Highlights of the first sidecar race around the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course, presented by Gethin Jones.
Local legend Dave Molyneux will be looking to take his 17th victory on the three-wheeled machines after narrowly missing out last year.
.Monday 2nd June TT 2014: Supersport TT Race 1 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Highlights of the first Supersport race at the 2014 Isle of Man TT, presented by Craig Doyle.
The 600cc bikes provide some of the closest racing around the Mountain Course with 2013 race winner Michael Dunlop amongst the leading contenders.
.Tuesday 3rd June TT 2014: Superstock TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
1000cc bikes tackle the famous Isle of Man TT circuit which includes the climb and descent of Snaefell.
.Wednesday 4th June TT 2014: Supersport TT Race 2 10.00pm-11.00pm ITV4
The Supersport bikes tackle the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course for the second time this week.
The 37-mile road circuit is one of the toughest tests in motorsport, and the 600cc bikes always provide some of the most exciting racing at the famous TT.
Note the 10.00pm start time, scheduled to avoid ITV’s live coverage of England v Ecuador football friendly.
.Thursday 5th June TT 2014: Sidecar TT Race 2 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Craig Doyle presents more 600cc, three-wheeled action from the Isle of Man TT, as the sidecars tackle the 37-mile Mountain Course for the second time.
.Friday 6th June TT 2014: Senior TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
Craig Doyle presents coverage of the big finale at the Isle of Man TT Races – the Senior TT.
Riders on their 1000cc machines face six laps of the legendary 37-mile Mountain Course. John McGuiness will be aiming to retain his title after he took his 20th TT win at the race last year.
.Saturday 7th June TT 2014: Lightweight TT Race 9.00pm-10.00pm ITV4
ITV4’s final highlights show from the 2014 TT Races features extended coverage of the Lightweight TT.
James Hillier the 2013 Lightweight race winner returns to a grid that boasts an excellent blend of youth and experience, with many of the TT’s established guard being pitched against the sport’s up and coming talent.