Isle of Man TT organizers cancelled the showcase 2012 Pokerstars Senior TT race after the track conditions were deemed unsafe. This marks the first time in the Isle of Man TT’s history the Senior TT was not held (excluding, of course, the years the entire TT was cancelled due to the two World Wars and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001).
The race was initially scheduled for Friday, June 8, but wet weather forced organizers to postpone the race to the next day. Organizers initially hoped to shorten the Senior TT to four laps from five and the Lightweight TT from three laps to two for Saturday.
A number of officials and riders including active TT wins leader John McGuinness inspected the Mountain Course in the afternoon and decided the course was not safe enough for the Senior TT’s superbikes. The Lightweight TT was held instead in its full three-lap length as conditions were safe enough for the much tamer 650cc twins.