4:00 PM on Monday afternoon the skies darkened, the rain clouds moved in and within minutes, the speakers in the paddock blasted out the news that the evenings practice was canceled. Not unexpected but not what was hoped for.
Tuesday morning was bright, sunny and cool and we headed up to the former Jurby Airfield and current Motordrome for some early morning testing. The Jurby course is a short course where the teams can get some time in and make adjustments without having to worry about riding the entire TT Mountain course.
We went up hoping to get a few photos of the new 2020 S1000RR. TT veteran Michael Rutter was supposed to be on the bike for the first time, in addition to his Superbike and Mugen Electric.
There are only five of the new RR’s on the Island. Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop each have their Superbike and Supersport and then there is this one. Furnished courtesy of BMW Motorrad UK to Performance Bike Magazine. This is the M-Sport model, just as it came out of the crate.
Performance Bike Magazine had arranged with Michael Rutter, the TT Officials and Motorrad UK to take the bike out for a test lap on the Mountain course, immediately after the conclusion of the Monday’s official practice session.
As the side car practice ended at 8:50 PM, Michael Rutter got on to the new 2020 RR for the very first time.
I have only heard two bits of detail from his first ride:
The 2019 Isle of Man TT began as I am sure so many others have done over the last 110 years, in the rain. The roads were scheduled to be closed at 6:00 PM on Saturday and with the on and off rain throughout the day, everyone was wondering if there would be fast bikes on the roads tonight and how long they would be out until the conditions changed again.
At about 4:00 it was official, the first day of practice was canceled and it felt like there was a collective sigh of relief and the teams quietly went back to settling in and getting ready.
May / June weather on the Isle of Man always has a good probability of rain and as such, the practice and race schedules have contingencies build it. Practice would be Sunday at 1:30 and even with a delay until 2:40, the island suddenly roared to life.
Solo and Sidecar Newcomers we first out on the course for a sighting lap and then followed by Super Sports and Lightweights.
One more day to wait before the big bikes come out onto the course.
The most recent entries in my Competitive Image blog were from the 2017 Isle of Man TT and now as I prepare for the 2019 TT, it is time to get started once again.
Yes, I had the best of intentions of doing more posts earlier, but it always seemed like – I just have to clear a few things off of my desk, get some quiet time and think for a bit. Now, two years later I have cleared a few things away, which have been replaced by stacks of other things and my quiet time is all too often followed by a nap.
One of the big changes for 2019 is that I have become a BMW Motorrad USA Approved Presenter. Although I could have never dreamt this when I first arrived at the TT in 2017, I now travel to BMW Motorrad Dealers around the US and present a 90-minute multi-media presentation entitled The TT Experience.
Lots of race images, stories from my interviews with top riders and a behind the scenes look at the oldest, fastest and most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. I hope this shot gets your attention and I can continue to share images and stories that make you feel like you are in the action and on the course at the TT.
Having said that, the odds are that if you are looking at my blog you have already been to one of my presentations and signed up to be kept informed.
There will be lots more to follow – I PROMISE! Instead of waiting to do a long blog post and letting my procrastination take over, I will likely have shorter posts with a couple of quick photos to give you a daily idea of what life is like at the TT.
I will also be starting a YouTube channel to host interviews, I am planning with some of the top riders
For now, just a short introduction and a few photos and a caveat. As you might be able to tell by the blog name MAKE LIFE A RIDEit will be both TT and BMW Centric.
I hope you enjoy it and pass it on to friends with similar interests.