That was a TT to remember!
Well what an intense couple of weeks that was! With unpredicta bl e we a t he r wreaking havoc on the practice and race schedule it looked at one stage as if TT 2017 was going to be a washout. But thanks to the cool headedness of Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson and TT supremo Paul Phillips and a few lucky breaks in the weather, almost the full racing schedule took place with only the second Supersport race being abandoned.
With the lack of practice there was an air of unpredictability every time the riders lined up on the Glencrutchery Road start line and as a result of the lack of track time, fans that braved the conditions were rewarded with some of the closest and most thrilling races in recent years.
2017 will be remembered for Ian Hutchinson’s Superbike and Superstock win along with his heavy crash in the Senior, Michael Dunlop’s return to the Supersport top step before taking a stunning Senior victory on the brand new Bennetts Suzuki and old guard Michael Rutter’s Lightweight win 19 years after his last petrol bike win.
Bruce Anstey won the TT Zero ahead of Guy Martin who had a shocker of a TT following his Superbike crash and withdrawal from the Senior. While in Sidecars, brothers Ben and Tom Birchall won both races and were the only riders to break the lap record with a breathtaking 117mph lap.
It was also the year where new TT stars were born with Peter Hickman joining the TT elite with five brilliant podiums, he was joined by Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen, James Hillier and Martin Jessopp who all stepped up to the mark with podium finishes.
MCN’S team of reporters have lived and breathed the TT for the last two weeks and have got the inside line of all the big stories that make up this incredible once-a-year event.
And no TT review would be complete without 23-time Tt-winning legend John Mcguinness giving his thoughts and wisdom on the greatest race on earth. Enjoy