The Isle of Man Festival Of Motorcycling is a two-week event that consists of motorcycle racing in the Isle of Man. It is the overarching title for a fortnights motorbike racing that consists of the Isle of Man Classic TT and the Manx GP. The Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling is made up of a number of different categories of motorcycling on traditional or classic machines as opposed to modern superbikes and a number of races take part on the 37.7 mile mountain course that has been made famous by the Isle of Man TT. The Mountain Course is normally a conventional open road and thus the racing in the Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling is road racing as opposed to controlled track racing.
The Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling was new for 2013 and will run every single year thereafter. It replaces what was known as the Manx GP, although the Manx GP now form part of the Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling as it makes up the second weeks racing. The first week is a practice week and the initial weekend is the Isle of Man Classic TT.
The Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling runs for a two week period in August each year. It runs for the last two weeks of August and encompasses the August bank holiday weekend. The first week of the Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling consists of a nightly practice session where the public roads are closed in the evening typically from 5pm to 9pm everyday and the competitors can use this time to prepare their machines either for the Isle of Man Classic TT over the middle bank holiday weekend or the Manx GP in the second week.
It needs to be remembered that the closure of the Mountain Course gives major inconvenience to the residents of the island, some of whom are left isolated and housebound due to the closure of what would otherwise be their normal roads just for the Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling. We thank the residents of the Isle of Man for their patience!