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<strong>2022</strong> ISLE OF MAN TT ROUND-UP


There’s been one big technological step forward since<br />

TT s<strong>up</strong>erbikes last hurtled down Bray Hill in June 2019:<br />

downforce aerodynamics.<br />

During the last two years special aero features have appeared<br />

as standard equipment on several s<strong>up</strong>erbike models: BMW’s<br />

M1000RR, Ducati’s Panigale V4 S, Honda’s CBR1000RR-R and<br />

Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR.<br />

The concept is simple: increase downforce at the front of the<br />

machine to reduce wheelies and improve high-speed stability,<br />

there<strong>by</strong> boosting overall performance.<br />

In fact downforce aero isn’t new in <strong>motorcycle</strong> racing. Both MV<br />

Agusta and Suzuki experimented with winglets on their 500cc GP<br />

bikes in the 1970s but the idea was forgotten until a decade ago,<br />

when Ducati added winglets to its Desmosedici MotoGP machine.<br />

MotoGP’s race for downforce really began in 2016, because the<br />

championship’s new electronics package featured a very weak<br />

anti-wheelie programme, so engineers started fitting physical antiwheelie<br />

devices to their bikes. Four years later winglets arrived<br />

on the latest Ducati and Honda s<strong>up</strong>erbikes. BMW and Kawasaki<br />

followed in quick succession last year.


But, what will happen when the latest,<br />

winged M1000RR, Panigale V4 S,<br />

CBR1000RR-R and ZX-10RR hurtle a<strong>round</strong><br />

the Mountain course on the Sunday? Will<br />

the downforce make them faster over a lap<br />

or could the drag that’s an inevitable part of<br />

downforce actually make them slower?<br />

The TT will be a huge test for this latest<br />

streetbike technology, because the effect of<br />

aerodynamics increases exponentially with<br />

speed and there is no faster racetrack in the<br />

world than the TT’s Mountain course.<br />

The bike with the most radical downforce<br />

aero is BMW’s ultra-exotic M1000RR, yours<br />

for a little over R600,000. The brand’s<br />

first M Series <strong>motorcycle</strong> features doublesurface<br />

winglets that look similar to those<br />

fitted to Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP bike. The<br />

winglets create 16.3 kilos of downforce at<br />

high speeds, according to BMW figures.<br />

FLY OR FALL?<br />

Outright TT record holder Peter Hickman<br />

will ride M1000RR machines in this year’s<br />

S<strong>up</strong>erbike, S<strong>up</strong>erstock and Senior TTs,<br />

using all the experience he gained with the<br />

machine in last year’s BSB championship.<br />

During 2021 Hickman did back-to-back<br />

testing with BMW’s latest s<strong>up</strong>erbike, riding it<br />

with the M1000RR fairing, including wings,<br />

then fitting the S1000RR fairing, without<br />

wings.<br />

“I could feel a massive difference straight<br />

away, so the wings have got to have some<br />

effect at the TT,” says the 34-year-old who<br />

holds the lap record at 135.452mph. “One<br />

question is what kind of effect will they have<br />

over the jumps?<br />

“The wings are designed to pull the front of<br />

the bike into the g<strong>round</strong>, but obviously at<br />

180mph that’s a lot of downforce pushing

the front down, so when the bike is off<br />

the g<strong>round</strong>, like at the Cros<strong>by</strong> jump, or<br />

Ballacrye, is it going to nosedive? Or if<br />

you pick <strong>up</strong> the front <strong>up</strong> too much will the<br />

air get under the wings and pull the bike<br />

backwards? We could be over-analysing,<br />

but it’s an interesting thought.<br />

“On the other hand, wings mean drag,<br />

which means less top speed, and a lot<br />

of the TT is about top speed. So, who<br />

knows?<br />

“I don’t think the wings will be a too big<br />

an <strong>issue</strong> and I don’t think they’ll help at<br />

the TT the way they do at short circuits,<br />

because at the TT you’re not at the limit<br />

of grip, trying to get the bike turned.”<br />

SO, DID IT WORK?<br />

Only time would tell in the races but it<br />

was clear from the first sessions that the<br />

new aero packages were helping the<br />

riders. Peter Hickman fired in a blistering<br />

133mph lap from a standing start during<br />

the penultimate Isle of Man TT qualifying<br />

session on the Thursday night to reinforce<br />

his credentials as the rider to beat in this<br />

year’s TT.<br />

Hickman’s speed of 133.22mph was the<br />

fastest lap of practice week so far on<br />

the Gas Monkey Garage BMW, with the<br />

outright lap record holder also recording<br />

the first sub-17 minute time of <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

completing the 37.73-mile Mountain<br />

Course in 16m 59.579s.<br />

He was on course to increase his pace<br />

even further on the M1000RR on his<br />

second flying lap, but Hickman ran out of<br />

fuel, with his BMW stopping shortly after<br />

Signpost corner.<br />

“I just ran out of fuel,” Hickman said.<br />

“It cut out at Hillberry and then again<br />

at Signpost, and that was pretty much<br />

it then. I’m a bit knackered now but the<br />

S<strong>up</strong>erbike is going pretty well and I’m<br />

happy with it.”<br />

DAO Racing Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison<br />

was second fastest at 132.33mph, 6.8s<br />

down on Hickman, with the Bradford<br />

rider also clocking his fastest time from a<br />

standing start.<br />

Davey Todd posted his best ever TT lap at<br />

132.187mph on the Milenco <strong>by</strong> Padgett’s<br />

Honda, while Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong> improved his<br />

best speed of practice week considerably,<br />

jumping from 129mph on the Wednesday<br />

to clock 131.44mph on the Hawk Racing<br />

Suzuki from a standing start.<br />

“Honestly, I’m just loving every minute of<br />

every lap out there,” he said.<br />

“Those two laps on the S<strong>up</strong>erbike were<br />

two of the easiest laps I’ve done here and<br />

everything just flowed. I just want to do as<br />

many laps as I can and I’ve got the bikes,<br />

so there’s no excuses.”<br />

Manxman Conor Cummins (Milenco<br />

<strong>by</strong> Padgett’s Honda) was fifth at<br />

130.867mph, with John McGuinness<br />

completing the top six in the S<strong>up</strong>erbike<br />

standings at 129.278mph on the Honda<br />

Racing UK Fireblade.

John McGuinness<br />

lined <strong>up</strong> for his<br />

100th TT start and<br />

celebrated with<br />

some gold trim in<br />

his livery.<br />



In the first race of the <strong>2022</strong> Isle of Man TT<br />

Races fuelled <strong>by</strong> Monster Energy, Peter<br />

Hickman appears to be starting as he<br />

means to go on as he led the six-lap RST<br />

S<strong>up</strong>erbike race from start to finish on<br />

his Gas Monkey Garage <strong>by</strong> FHO Racing<br />

BMW, coming home 39.9s clear of Dean<br />

Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) and<br />

Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong> (Hawk Racing) for his<br />

sixth TT victory.<br />

With sunshine bathing the island,<br />

Hickman set the fastest lap of the race at<br />

133.461mph but there was disappointment<br />

for several of the leading runners including<br />

the Milenco <strong>by</strong> Padgett’s Motorocycles<br />

duo of Davey Todd and Conor Cummins<br />

and Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing), all<br />

of whom were early retirements.<br />

That meant it was Ian Hutchinson<br />

(Milwaukee BMW Motorrad) who<br />

came through for fourth ahead of John<br />

McGuinness MBE (Honda Racing UK) on<br />

his 100th TT race start and Jamie Coward<br />

(KTS Racing powered <strong>by</strong> Steadplan).<br />

Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) finished<br />

in a brilliant eighth place and became the<br />

fastest ever newcomer with a final lap<br />

speed of 129.849mph.<br />

Moved back 15 minutes for a 12.15pm<br />

start, Hickman led through Glen Helen<br />

on the opening lap with Todd 0.6s adrift<br />

and Harrison a further 0.3s in arrears.<br />

Cummins was in fourth, 1.2s behind<br />

Harrison, with <strong>Dunlop</strong> and James Hillier<br />

(RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha)<br />

completing the top six.<br />

By Ballaugh, Hickman had pulled 3.1s<br />

clear of Todd but he had Harrison and<br />

Cummins for close company, just 1.5s<br />

covering the trio, <strong>Dunlop</strong> and Hillier were<br />

still in fifth and sixth but some eight and 11<br />

seconds behind the pace setting Hickman.<br />

By Ramsey, Harrison was leading on the<br />

road and <strong>up</strong> to second albeit just as Todd<br />

was only 0.004s further back in third.<br />

Cummins was still well in touch though,<br />

only seven tenths behind teammate Todd<br />

but it was still Hickman in the lead and,<br />

indeed, he’d extended his lead to six<br />

seconds.<br />

The BMW rider continued to build on<br />

his lead and with an opening lap of<br />

133.17mph, he’d soared 9.3s clear of<br />

Harrison and it was now Cummins in<br />

third, just under half a second clear of<br />

Todd. <strong>Dunlop</strong> was in fifth and it was now

Johnston in sixth, the last rider to lap in excess<br />

of 130mph. Hillier, Hutchinson, Coward and<br />

McGuinness <strong>round</strong>ed out the top ten with<br />

Irwin just outside in 11th after a first lap speed<br />

of 128.12mph.<br />

By Glen Helen on lap two, Hickman had<br />

increased his lead over Harrison to 11.9s and<br />

he, in turn, had eked out a bit more time over<br />

Cummins, the gap between the two now<br />

2.5s. There was little to choose between the<br />

Manxman and Todd but the latter’s race soon<br />

ended in a retirement at Sul<strong>by</strong> Bridge. That<br />

promoted <strong>Dunlop</strong> <strong>up</strong> to fourth with Johnston<br />

and Hillier now in fifth and sixth.<br />

None of them could do anything about<br />

Hickman though who was stretching his<br />

advantage at each and every timing sector.<br />

Indeed, with a lap of 133.461mph, he arrived at<br />

the pits for his first pit stop at the end of lap<br />

two with a lead of 16.8s over Harrison.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> was third though as Cummins<br />

was out having stopped just after<br />

the Creg and fourth to sixth was now<br />

occ<strong>up</strong>ied <strong>by</strong> Johnston, Hillier and Coward.<br />

Irwin had moved <strong>up</strong> to ninth after lapping<br />

at 128.32mph but Johnston didn’t get<br />

much further as he retired at Quarter<br />

Bridge at the start of lap three. In what<br />

was proving to be a race of attrition,<br />

there were further retirements from Gary<br />

Johnson, Phil Crowe, Sam West, Brian<br />

McCormack and Derek Sheils.<br />

Back on track and Hickman’s lead at<br />

Glen Helen on lap three was 18.1s but<br />

although Harrison and <strong>Dunlop</strong> were still<br />

in second and third, the retirements and<br />

pit stops saw a shuffle further back with<br />

Hutchinson <strong>up</strong> to fourth from McGuinness<br />

and Hillier, Coward had slipped back to<br />

seventh with Irwin now eighth.

“Conditions were absolutely<br />

beautiful and I’ve never seen so<br />

many people lining the course – the<br />

atmosphere was off the chart – so<br />

I can’t think of a better day for my<br />

100th start. The bike was faultless<br />

and I did my absolute best.” (JMcG)<br />

At half race distance, Hickman was <strong>up</strong><br />

to second on the road having overtaken<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> at Windy Corner and his lead<br />

over Harrison had moved out again to<br />

22.8s. <strong>Dunlop</strong> was a further 18.5s back<br />

and McGuinness was <strong>up</strong> to fourth albeit<br />

only three quarters of a second ahead of<br />

Hutchinson. Hillier was still holding onto<br />

sixth from Coward, Irwin, Shaun Anderson<br />

and Michael Rutter.<br />

Just outside the top ten were Dominic<br />

Herbertson, local rider Nathan Harrison,<br />

Rob Hodson, Craig Neve and Paul Jordan<br />

all of whom were having strong rides.<br />

At the sharp end, and with a comfortable<br />

advantage, Hickman was controlling his<br />

lead, extending it to more than half a<br />

minute with two laps to go, but <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

tracked him for the entire fourth lap and<br />

that helped him cut the gap to Harrison<br />

from 18s down to just 6s. The battle for<br />

fourth was still wide open too with only<br />

13s separating McGuinness, Hutchinson,<br />

Coward and Hillier. Irwin continued to hold<br />

on to eighth after another new personal<br />

best of 128.49mph.<br />

There was to be no late drama for<br />

Hickman and, after two more trouble free<br />

laps he duly took the chequered flag <strong>by</strong><br />

almost 40s whilst Harrison responded to<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong>’s threat to get the better of the<br />

Ulsterman <strong>by</strong> more than 17 seconds.<br />

The race for fourth went the way of<br />

Hutchinson from McGuinness and Coward<br />

with Hillier, Irwin, Anderson and Michael<br />

Rutter completing the top ten. Herbertson<br />

took 11th with Nathan Harrison finishing<br />

in a fine 12th in his first TT race, lapping at<br />

more than 127mph on his final lap.




Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong> claimed his 20th win<br />

at the Isle of Man TT Races on Monday<br />

morning with a new lap record of<br />

129.475mph enabling him to get the<br />

better of Dean Harrison in the Monster<br />

Energy S<strong>up</strong>ersport Race 1.<br />

There was little to choose between<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> on his MD Racing Yamaha<br />

and Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki)<br />

throughout the three laps, the gap<br />

between the two at one stage was a<br />

mere one tenth of a second, but the<br />

Northern Irishman edged away on the<br />

final lap to become just the third rider<br />

after Uncle Joey and John McGuinness to<br />

win 20 TT races.<br />

Peter Hickman (K2 Trooper Beer <strong>by</strong> PHR<br />

Peformance) got the verdict for third<br />

after a close battle with Lee Johnston<br />

(Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) and James<br />

Hillier (RICH Energy OMG Racing<br />

Yamaha).<br />

Through Glen Helen on the opening<br />

lap, nine miles into the course, and it<br />

was <strong>Dunlop</strong> who led Johnston <strong>by</strong> half<br />

a second with Harrison just a tenth of a<br />

second further back. Hickman slotted<br />

into fourth, 0.7 seconds behind Harrison,<br />

and it was Hillier and Conor Cummins

(Milenco <strong>by</strong> Padgett’s Motorcycles) who<br />

<strong>round</strong>ed out the early top six as less than<br />

ten seconds covered the top ten.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> had extended his lead <strong>by</strong> the<br />

time he jumped Ballaugh Bridge and<br />

as he <strong>round</strong>ed Ramsey Hairpin, where<br />

a number of damp patches remained<br />

after overnight rain, the gap had crept<br />

out to 2.5 seconds. It was now Harrison<br />

in second place with his advantage<br />

over good friend Johnston a slender 1.2<br />

seconds. It was getting close for third<br />

though as Hickman was now less than<br />

a second adrift of Johnston. Hillier and<br />

Cummins were holding station in fifth<br />

and sixth.<br />

All riders made their mandatory pit stop<br />

at the end of the opening lap and a speed<br />

of 126.92mph meant <strong>Dunlop</strong> continued<br />

to lead – Harrison had reduced it to 1.8<br />

seconds at the Bungalow but <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

responded and at the Grandstand, it was<br />

back <strong>up</strong> to 3.2 seconds. Johnston was<br />

only 1.5 seconds behind Harrison and he,<br />

in turn, had eked out a gap of 2.1 seconds<br />

over Hickman. Hillier and Cummins were<br />

still in fifth and sixth with Coward giving<br />

chase in seventh.<br />

Paul Jordan was going well in tenth with<br />

James Hind 13th, Michal Doko<strong>up</strong>il 14th and<br />

Mike Browne 15th but Jordan was then hit<br />

with a penalty for speeding in pit lane.<br />

As always, the pit stops had an effect on<br />

the positions and although <strong>Dunlop</strong> still<br />

led at Glen Helen, the gap over Harrison<br />

was back down to 1.6 seconds. Hickman<br />

and Hillier had both moved <strong>up</strong> a place<br />

to third and fourth respectively and it<br />

was Johnston who suffered most as he<br />

slipped back to fifth.

Harrison was doing all he could and at Ballaugh, he’d<br />

managed to reduce <strong>Dunlop</strong>’s advantage to less than a<br />

second but <strong>Dunlop</strong> responded and added another half<br />

second to his lead as he <strong>round</strong>ed Ramsey Hairpin for the<br />

second time. They were more than 11 seconds clear of third<br />

which was now occ<strong>up</strong>ied <strong>by</strong> Hillier with the Yamaha man<br />

having overhauled Hickman to the tune of 1.2 seconds.<br />

The gap between the leading two riders remained the same<br />

at the Bungalow and as they started their third and final lap<br />

it was only 1.2seconds. The battle for third was even tighter<br />

with just a tenth of a second between Hillier and Hickman!<br />

Johnston and Cummins were holding onto fifth and sixth<br />

but Coward was closing in on the latter and was only 2.8<br />

seconds adrift.<br />

The race was now essentially a one-lap shootout and at Glen<br />

Helen it was down to a minuscule 0.14s, <strong>Dunlop</strong> continuing<br />

to hold sway – Hickman was back <strong>up</strong> to third though, having<br />

turned his deficit to Hillier into a 2.4 seconds advantage.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> added two tenths of a second to his lead over<br />

Harrison as he leapt Ballaugh Bridge and the race for third<br />

was now a three-rider battle with less than six seconds<br />

covering Hickman, Hillier and Johnston. Coward had also cut<br />

the gap to Cummins to 0.4s in the battle for sixth.<br />

Davey Todd getting<br />

some airtime on<br />

his Padgetts Honda<br />

CBR600RR<br />

Jamie Coward<br />

impressed many<br />

at this year’s TT<br />

Formation flying -<br />

James Hillier and Ian<br />


All eyes were on <strong>Dunlop</strong> and Harrison though and the<br />

Ulsterman had stretched his lead to 2.6s at Ramsey<br />

having had the better run through the bumps after<br />

Ginger Hall so could he hold on as he made the<br />

Mountain climb for the last time?<br />

The answer was yes and a final lap speed of<br />

129.475mph, a new lap record, enabled him to get the<br />

win <strong>by</strong> 5.6s, and it was Hickman who prevailed for the<br />

final podium position, 3.5 seconds ahead of Johnston<br />

with Hillier having to settle for fifth.<br />

Coward got the better of Cummins for sixth to<br />

continue his good start to this year’s TT and it was<br />

Cummins, Dominic Herbertston and Ian Hutchinson<br />

who completed the top ten. Jordan took 11th with<br />

James Hind having a great ride into 12th ahead of Rob<br />

Hodson, Michael Sweeney and Mike Browne.



Peter Hickman claimed his second win of<br />

the <strong>2022</strong> Isle of Man TT Races fuelled <strong>by</strong><br />

Monster Energy, on Monday evening with<br />

another start to finish victory, this time in<br />

the RL360 S<strong>up</strong>erstock Race.<br />

The Gas Monkey Garage <strong>by</strong> FHO Racing<br />

BMW rider put in another imperious<br />

performance a<strong>round</strong> the Mountain Course<br />

to take his seventh TT victory. The Milenco<br />

<strong>by</strong> Padgett’s Motorcycles duo of Conor<br />

Cummins and Davey Todd took second and<br />

third with Manxman Cummins setting a new<br />

personal best of 133.116mph, the fastest lap<br />

of the race.<br />

Pushed back to a 6.35pm start and cut to<br />

three laps, with a mandatory pit stop to<br />

be taken after the first lap, it was Hickman<br />

who led through Glen Helen but it was close<br />

with Todd only 0.4 seconds adrift. Dean<br />

Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) was a<br />

further second back with Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

(MD Racing) another second in arrears in<br />

fourth followed <strong>by</strong> Lee Johnston (Ashcourt<br />

Racing) and Cummins as 3.7 seconds<br />

covered the top six.<br />

By Ballaugh, Hickman’s lead had jumped<br />

<strong>up</strong> to 3.6 seconds whilst Harrison, on<br />

Metzeler <strong>tyres</strong> again after switching from<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> for the earlier S<strong>up</strong>ersport race, was<br />

now 1.7 seconds behind Todd with <strong>Dunlop</strong>,<br />

Johnston and Cummins continuing to<br />

occ<strong>up</strong>y fourth to sixth.

Hickman was really piling on the coals at the head of<br />

the field and more than doubled his lead at Ramsey<br />

to 7.6 seconds and although Todd and Harrison were<br />

continuing to circulate in second and third, there was<br />

a shuffle further back with Cummins now <strong>up</strong> to fourth<br />

ahead of <strong>Dunlop</strong> and Johnston.<br />

Not an easy TT for<br />

Ian Hutchinson<br />

Coming into the pits for fuel at the end of the<br />

lap, Hickman’s opening lap speed was a s<strong>up</strong>erb<br />

132.217mph and that enabled him to stretch his lead<br />

out to an ominous looking 12.7 seconds. Todd’s lap of<br />

130.592mph kept him in second and it was now fellow<br />

team-mate Cummins in third, 3 seconds behind, with<br />

Johnston fourth just 0.099 seconds adrift in fourth.<br />

Harrison and <strong>Dunlop</strong> slipped back to fifth and sixth.<br />

After the pit stops and at Glen Helen second time<br />

a<strong>round</strong>, Hickman’s lead had been reduced to 9.5<br />

seconds and Harrison was back <strong>up</strong> to third with<br />

Cummins, Johnston and <strong>Dunlop</strong> now the running<br />

order further back. Jamie Coward (KTS Racing<br />

powered <strong>by</strong> Steadplan) was in seventh followed <strong>by</strong><br />

Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee BMW Motorrad), Dominic<br />

Herbertson (Rich Energy) and John McGuinness MBE<br />

(Honda Racing UK).<br />

As the lap unfolded, Hickman began to edge away<br />

again and as he started his third lap, he’d stretched<br />

his lead to 15.9 seconds. Todd had also edged<br />

away from the rider in third place but it was now<br />

Cummins, the local rider having again overhauled<br />

Harrison. Johnston and <strong>Dunlop</strong> remained in fifth and<br />

sixth with the former now 1.6 seconds clear of his<br />

fellow countryman.<br />

Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

on his Honda<br />

CBR1000RR-R SP in<br />

the Stock race

Local Manx hero<br />

Conor Cummins<br />

leaving some rubber<br />

on the streets<br />

Harrison, leading on the road, was the<br />

first through Glen Helen on lap three but<br />

Johnston didn’t get there with his strong<br />

ride ending in retirement a few miles back<br />

at Glen Vine. Meanwhile, Hickman was<br />

looking good <strong>up</strong> front with a 16.5 second<br />

lead but the same couldn’t be said for<br />

Todd who now had Cummins less than<br />

a second behind him. Harrison was still<br />

fourth with <strong>Dunlop</strong> and Coward promoted<br />

<strong>up</strong> the order after Johnston’s demise.<br />

Todd’s hold on second came to an end<br />

at Ballaugh with Cummins having a<br />

great run from Glen Helen to move 2.6<br />

seconds clear and although the Ramsey<br />

Rocket cut Hickman’s lead to 11.4 seconds<br />

at Ramsey Hairpin, the leader had to<br />

negotiate his way <strong>by</strong> Todd, Hutchinson<br />

and McGuinness on the run from Ballaugh<br />

to Ramsey.<br />

Hickman wasn’t going to be denied<br />

another win though and a final lap<br />

of 132.274mph gave him victory over<br />

Cummins <strong>by</strong> 12.7 seconds. But a final lap<br />

of 133.116mph was a new personal best<br />

for the latter and his first ever over the<br />

133mph mark.<br />

Todd claimed his first podium in third with<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong>, Harrison and Coward following<br />

him home, Coward taking his third<br />

consecutive sixth place finish of the <strong>2022</strong><br />

TT. Hutchinson, Herbertson, McGuinness<br />

and Phil Crowe completed the top ten.



Peter Hickman claimed his third win of the <strong>2022</strong> Isle of Man<br />

TT Races fuelled <strong>by</strong> Monster Energy, and his eighth in total<br />

after taking victory in Wednesday afternoon’s Bennetts<br />

S<strong>up</strong>ertwin TT Race, his first ever victory in the class.<br />

Riding the VAS Engine Racing Paton, Hickman had been<br />

locked into battle with the similarly mounted Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

for the first two laps but when the Ulsterman went out a third<br />

of the way into the final lap, he had a clear run to the end<br />

eventually winning <strong>by</strong> a clear 1 minute 40 seconds from Lee<br />

Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) with Paul Jordan (PreZ Racing<br />

<strong>by</strong> Prosper2) taking his first ever TT podium in third.<br />

With bright sunshine at the Grandstand but damp patches<br />

remaining in the north of the Island, particularly Kerromoar,<br />

Glen Duff and the Ramsey Hairpin after heavy overnight<br />

rain, <strong>Dunlop</strong> led through Glen Helen on the opening lap with<br />

Hickman just 0.8 seconds behind.<br />

Jamie Coward (KTS Racing powered <strong>by</strong> Steadplan) was<br />

only a further 0.9 seconds adrift and they were followed <strong>by</strong><br />

a flying James Hind (Team ILR/Mark Coverdale), Johnston<br />

and Frenchman Pierre Yves Bian on the second VAS Engine<br />

Racing Paton.

Taking the jump at Ballaugh Bridge for the<br />

first time, Hickman had turned his deficit<br />

into a 0.8 second advantage and the two<br />

Patons had opened <strong>up</strong> a 5.2 second gap<br />

over Coward, who in turn had opened <strong>up</strong><br />

a similar distance to Hind. Johnston and<br />

Bian remained in fifth and sixth but Gary<br />

Johnson (Dafabet Racing) was out having<br />

retired at the famous landmark.<br />

At Ramsey Hairpin, <strong>Dunlop</strong> had cut<br />

Hickman’s lead down to half a second<br />

and it looked to be a two-horse race with<br />

Coward now 8.2 seconds in arrears. He<br />

was more than 11 seconds clear of Hind<br />

though with the latter coming under<br />

pressure from Johnston with just 1.3<br />

seconds covering the two riders.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> edged ahead at the Bungalow<br />

<strong>by</strong> just 0.08 seconds and an opening lap<br />

of 120.303mph meant he led Hickman<br />

<strong>by</strong> 0.6 seconds as the riders made their<br />

mandatory pit stop at the end of lap one.<br />

Coward was now 13.7 seconds further<br />

back in third with Johnston having<br />

overhauled Hind for fourth and Bian<br />

holding station in a good sixth. Jordan,<br />

Rob Hodson, Michael Rutter and Stefano<br />

Bonetti occ<strong>up</strong>ied seventh to tenth.<br />

Coward had the quickest pit stops of the<br />

leading contenders at 29.7s but whilst<br />

he continued to lead on the road, he was<br />

still in third at Glen Helen on lap two and<br />

he was now 16.9s behind second placed<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> with Hickman back in front albeit<br />

A first ever TT<br />

podium for Paul<br />

Jordan in the<br />

S<strong>up</strong>erTwin class<br />

<strong>by</strong> only 0.8s. Further back, Bian had<br />

overtaken Hind to move <strong>up</strong> into fifth.<br />

As the lap progressed, there remained<br />

nothing between Hickman and <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

and the latter led at Ballaugh <strong>by</strong> the tiny<br />

margin of 0.04 seconds, a gap that had<br />

stretched at Ramsey Hairpin but only <strong>up</strong><br />

to 0.8 seconds. That was halved when<br />

both riders crossed the tramlines at the<br />

Bungalow for the second time.<br />

However, Coward was out with the<br />

Kawasaki having expired just after the 11th<br />

Milestone and that promoted Johnston<br />

into third and the final podium position<br />

– albeit almost a minute behind the race<br />

leader – with Bian, Jordan and Hind now<br />

the running order behind him.<br />

Back at the front and as the riders flashed<br />

along Glencrutchery Road to start their<br />

final lap, there’d been yet another leader<br />

change with Hickman back ahead of<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong>, the gap between the two still<br />

only half a second. Johnston was now 1<br />

minutes 10 seconds behind <strong>Dunlop</strong> but<br />

the Aprilia man was in a safe third being<br />

more than 20 seconds ahead of Bian.<br />

Jordan moved <strong>up</strong> to fifth and had closed<br />

to within 3.8 seconds of the Frenchman.<br />

Drama soon came though with <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

slowing through Laurel Bank and<br />

Hickman’s lead at Glen Helen was a<br />

whopping 57 seconds, the Englishman<br />

having overtaken his rival on the road.<br />

Johnston and Bian were still in third and<br />

fourth but now had <strong>Dunlop</strong> firmly in their<br />

sights, on time at least.

<strong>Dunlop</strong> was then reported to have<br />

stopped to make adjustments only to be<br />

black flagged and whilst Hickman had<br />

a huge lead over Johnston, third place<br />

was still anyone’s with just a handful of<br />

seconds covering Bian, Jordan, Hind,<br />

Hodson and Rutter.<br />

Hickman had no <strong>issue</strong>s going <strong>up</strong> and<br />

down the Mountain for the final time<br />

and, with the fastest lap of the race,<br />

121.293mph, cruised to his third win of<br />

the week, taking the chequered flag 1<br />

minute 49 seconds clear of Johnston. A<br />

delighted Jordan took the third position<br />

from Ramsey, holding on until the end for<br />

a debut TT podium finish.<br />

Fourth was still a s<strong>up</strong>erb result for Bian<br />

in his first TT and Rutter and Hodson<br />

followed him home with Hind, Dominic<br />

Herbertson, Michael Evans and Xavier<br />

Denis completing the top ten. For the<br />

latter two, it was their best ever TT results.


Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong> became the most successful 600cc rider ever at the<br />

Isle of Man TT Races fuelled <strong>by</strong> Monster Energy, as he claimed his<br />

ninth s<strong>up</strong>ersport win in the Monster Energy S<strong>up</strong>ersport TT Race 2<br />

on Friday morning, his 21st TT win in total.<br />

Riding the MD Racing Yamaha, <strong>Dunlop</strong> was locked in battle all race,<br />

again, with Peter Hickman (K2 Trooper Beer <strong>by</strong> PHR Performance)<br />

but edged away on the second and final lap to eventually take the<br />

win <strong>by</strong> 3.2 seconds, whilst Dean Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki)<br />

finished in third.<br />

With a few damp patches a<strong>round</strong> the course and windy conditions<br />

all <strong>round</strong>, it was <strong>Dunlop</strong> who led through Glen Helen first time<br />

a<strong>round</strong> but only just with Hickman only 0.158 seconds in arrears<br />

whilst Harrison was third, a further 1.9 seconds behind. Davey Todd<br />

was another 1.2 seconds back in fourth on the Milenco <strong>by</strong> Padgett’s<br />

Motorcycles Honda closely followed <strong>by</strong> Jamie Coward (KTS Racing<br />

powered <strong>by</strong> Steadplan) and Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) with<br />

two seconds covering the trio.<br />

By Ballaugh, <strong>Dunlop</strong> had stretched his advantage over Hickman to<br />

0.465 seconds and Harrison had lost more g<strong>round</strong>, the Bradford<br />

rider 3.3 seconds behind Hickman. Coward had moved <strong>up</strong> to fourth,<br />

albeit <strong>by</strong> half a second, from Todd and Johnston.

Rounding Ramsey Hairpin, Harrison still led on the road but<br />

although he continued in third, he was slipping further back on<br />

time and was now 6.4 seconds behind race leader <strong>Dunlop</strong>. The gap<br />

to Hickman in second place was only half a second as they made<br />

the Mountain climb for the first time. Coward had doubled his<br />

advantage to Todd and it was now James Hillier (RICH Energy OMG<br />

Racing) in sixth.<br />

With an opening lap of 126.655mph, <strong>Dunlop</strong> led Hickman <strong>by</strong> 0.57<br />

seconds with Harrison now 9.9 seconds further back in third. Todd<br />

had moved back <strong>up</strong> to fourth but was only a tenth of a second<br />

ahead of Coward and with Johnston retiring at the pits, Cummins<br />

slotted into sixth place. Hillier, Dominic Herbertson and Mike Browne<br />

followed in hot pursuit.<br />

Sweeping <strong>round</strong> Glen Helen on lap two and with less than thirty<br />

miles to go, <strong>Dunlop</strong> had extended his lead to 1.8 seconds as<br />

Hickman continued to work his way through traffic. Harrison was<br />

9.5 seconds adrift in third and, in turn, was 13.4 seconds clear of<br />

Todd who’d added another second to his advantage over Coward.<br />

Cummins continued to circulate in sixth with Hillier, Herbertson,<br />

Browne and James Hind now the running order behind.<br />

Back at the front, as the riders leapt Ballaugh Bridge, Hickman<br />

pegged the gap back to 1.3 seconds with both riders on lap record<br />

pace, the duo repeating their battle of the S<strong>up</strong>ertwin race from two<br />

days earlier. It looked to be a two-horse race with Harrison almost<br />

11 seconds behind in third. Todd had also strengthened his hold on<br />

fourth with the gap to Coward <strong>up</strong> to two seconds.

All eyes were on the battle for the lead though and at Ramsey,<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> had responded to Hickman’s charge with another three<br />

tenths of a second added to his lead, the difference between the<br />

two only 1.6 seconds as they headed <strong>up</strong> Snaefell for the final time.<br />

At the Bungalow, <strong>Dunlop</strong> had increased his lead further to 2.7<br />

seconds and with the fastest lap of the race, 128.536mph, he took<br />

the win from Hickman <strong>by</strong> 3.2 seconds as Harrison duly completed<br />

the race in third, the position he’d held all race.<br />

Todd maintained fourth place to the end, his eventual margin<br />

over Coward 6.4 seconds, with Cummins in sixth ahead of Hillier,<br />

Herbertson, Browne and Paul Jordan. Hind just missed out on the<br />

top ten in 11th with Rob Hodson, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Evans and<br />

Michael Sweeney completing the top 15.

HICKMAN IS THE <strong>2022</strong> MILWAUKEE<br />


Peter Hickman became just the fourth rider to win four<br />

races in a week at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled <strong>by</strong><br />

Monster Energy, when he took victory in Saturday’s<br />

Milwaukee Senior TT Race. It was Hickman’s second<br />

Senior TT win and ninth in total.<br />

The Gas Monkey Garage <strong>by</strong> FHO Racing rider led from<br />

start to finish with his eventual winning margin of 16.918s<br />

over Dean Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki). Conor<br />

Cummins took third place <strong>by</strong> 2.8s after a race long battle<br />

with his Milenco <strong>by</strong> Padgett’s Motorcycles teammate<br />

Davey Todd.<br />

With conditions similar to the S<strong>up</strong>ersport race the day<br />

before, the strong winds over the Mountain continuing,<br />

Harrison led at the first timing point at Glen Helen,<br />

his lead over Hickman just half a second. Todd was<br />

eight tenths of a second further back with teammate<br />

Cummins just half a second in arrears. Michael <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

(Hawk Racing) and Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee BMW<br />

Motorrad) slotted into fifth and sixth.<br />

Over Ballaugh Bridge and Hickman had turned his<br />

deficit into a 2.4s lead, the BMW rider having a great run<br />

from Glen Helen, and <strong>round</strong>ing Ramsey Hairpin for the<br />

first time he’d stretched the gap to 4.1s. Cummins was<br />

now <strong>up</strong> to third, 3.2s down on Harrison and 1.1s <strong>up</strong> on<br />

Todd with <strong>Dunlop</strong> and Hutchinson holding station.<br />

Hickman built on his lead <strong>up</strong> and down the Mountain<br />

and with an opening lap of 132.381mph he now led<br />

Harrison <strong>by</strong> an ominous looking 8.3s. Cummins was<br />

exactly five seconds adrift in third and was now almost<br />

three seconds ahead of Todd. <strong>Dunlop</strong> was still in fifth but<br />

it was now Dominic Herbertson (Gilbert Brown & Son) in<br />

sixth ahead of James Hillier (RICH Energy OMG Racing),<br />

Hutchinson, Jamie Coward (KTS Racing powered <strong>by</strong><br />

Steadplan) and Craig Neve (Callmac Scaffolding).

Through Glen Helen on lap two and<br />

Hickman added another half second<br />

to his lead and after overhauling Todd<br />

on the road along the Cronk y Voddy<br />

straight, his advantage was <strong>up</strong> to 10.1s as<br />

he leapt Ballaugh Bridge. Cummins, Todd<br />

and <strong>Dunlop</strong> remained in third to fifth and<br />

Hillier was now <strong>up</strong> to sixth.<br />

Just like the opening lap, Hickman built<br />

on his lead through each sector on lap<br />

two but whilst Harrison had a clear road<br />

in front of him, the Burton <strong>up</strong>on Trent<br />

rider was having to work his way through<br />

traffic slipping <strong>up</strong> the inside of <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

at Ramsey Hairpin. His teammate Brian<br />

McCormack was out of luck though as he<br />

retired at Ballaugh.<br />

Another good run over the Mountain, and<br />

a second lap of 132.627mph, the fastest of<br />

the race, saw Hickman’s lead sit at 14.6s<br />

as he made his first pit stop. Harrison<br />

was 13.5s ahead of Cummins who only<br />

had a 1s gap to Todd, whilst <strong>Dunlop</strong> and<br />

Hillier still sat in fifth and sixth although<br />

the latter lost time when he overshot his<br />

pit box. The running order behind was<br />

now Herbertson, Hutchinson, Coward<br />

and John McGuinness MBE, the latter just<br />

ahead of the impressive Mike Browne.<br />

McGuinness was then hit with a 30s<br />

penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed<br />

limit but that was of little concern to<br />

Hickman who, as a result of having a<br />

slightly slower pit stop than Harrison,<br />

was 10.4s clear <strong>round</strong>ing the left hander<br />

at Glen Helen on lap three. Harrison was<br />

suffering with a holed windscreen, the<br />

legacy of having hit a bird, whilst Todd<br />

had moved ahead of Cummins albeit <strong>by</strong><br />

just 0.3s.<br />

Although the lead was reduced at<br />

Ballaugh, Hickman responded on the<br />

run to Ramsey and was 11.3s ahead of<br />

Harrison with Cummins having nosed<br />

back ahead of Todd, the gap still less than<br />

half a second. <strong>Dunlop</strong> was holding onto

fifth with Hillier back <strong>up</strong> to sixth after regaining<br />

the time he’d lost at the pits.<br />

At the end of lap three, half race distance,<br />

Hickman had extended his lead considerably to<br />

18.6s and although Harrison was comfortably<br />

in second, the battle for third was continuing<br />

to rage with Cummins 0.8s ahead of Todd.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong>, Hillier, Hutchinson, Herbertson, Coward<br />

and Neve were running fifth to tenth but both<br />

Gary Johnson and Michael Rutter were forced<br />

to retire at the pits.<br />

Coming into the pits for the second stop at the<br />

end of lap four and Hickman was controlling<br />

his advantage over Harrison, the margin 19.3s<br />

with two laps remaining. The battle for third<br />

was going in the favour of Cummins with the<br />

Manxman having eked out a gap of 2.7s. Fifth<br />

to ninth remained the same, however Glenn<br />

Irwin (Honda Racing UK) had moved into tenth<br />

at the expense of Neve, the fastest newcomer’s<br />

first Senior TT came to an end as he was forced<br />

to retire at the pits, but he had already done<br />

enough to win the TT Newcomers Trophy.<br />

Fastest Ever Newcomer at<br />

the TT - Glenn Irwin is a big<br />

contender going forward

Once again, Hickman’s lead was cut<br />

after the pit stop but the 35-year old<br />

had everything under control and with<br />

no <strong>issue</strong>s over the final two laps, he duly<br />

took the chequered flag <strong>by</strong> 16.918s. In<br />

the fight for third, Todd had brought the<br />

gap to Cummins down to half a second<br />

at Ramsey last time a<strong>round</strong> but it was<br />

Cummins who had the better run over<br />

the Mountain to take the final podium<br />

position <strong>by</strong> 2.8s.<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> and Hillier completed the top six<br />

with Hutchinson, Coward, McGuinness<br />

and Nathan Harrison completing the top<br />

ten, the latter having another brilliant<br />

ride with a final lap of 128.087mph,<br />

meanwhile having previously been a<br />

top ten contender, Dominic Herbertson<br />

unfortunately came off at Glen Helen.<br />

The result means Hickman won the Joey<br />

<strong>Dunlop</strong> TT Championship with 111 points,<br />

22 ahead of Harrison (89) and <strong>Dunlop</strong><br />

(88). In the race for the TT Privateers<br />

Championship, it was Coward who<br />

prevailed with a maximum 125 points with<br />

Kawasaki claiming the TT Manufacturers<br />

Trophy and DAO Racing Kawasaki taking<br />

the Team Award.<br />

Mr. TT <strong>2022</strong>!!!<br />

Peter Hickman became<br />

just the fourth rider to<br />

win four races in a week<br />

at the Isle of Man TT Races<br />

fuelled <strong>by</strong> Monster Energy,<br />

when he took victory in<br />

Saturday’s Milwaukee<br />

Senior TT Race. It was<br />

Hickman’s second Senior<br />

TT win and ninth in total

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