Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman dominates to take Senior TT victory

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Peter Hickman has taken his fourth victory at this year’s Isle of Man TT after beating Dean Harrison in the delayed Senior TT finale.

The Senior was originally due to take place on Friday, however a fatal accident in the Sidecar race and bad weather conditions saw the race pushed back to 11am on Saturday morning (June 11).

As a result of its new time slot, the race was extended back to its traditional six laps, rather than the four laps pencilled in for the Friday session.

At the start of the race, Harrison opened up a 0.5s lead over Hickman by Glen Helen, however Hickman had turned that deficit into a lead of 2.4s at Ballaugh Bridge. By the time he reached Ramey Hairpin, Hickman had stretched that lead to 4.1s.

Dean Harrison on Glencrutchery Road during the Senior TT - Picture by Tony Goldsmith

The Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider recorded an opening lap of 132.381mph and held a comfortable lead of 8.3s over Harrison. At this stage, Conor Cummins was five seconds further back in third, and held a gap of just under three seconds ahead of teammate Davey Todd.

Hickman extended his lead by a further half second through Glen Helen on lap two, with the gap at 10.1s at Ballaugh Bridge. Despite having to negotiate traffic, Hickman continued to extend his lead and recorded another impressive lap of 132.627mph as he dived into the pits, with a 14.6s lead, for his first pit stop.

Harrison now held a 13.5s advantage of Cummins, but Todd had closed to within a second of him after two laps. Michael Dunlop, winner of both 2022 Supersport races, and James Hillier were fifth and sixth respectively at this stage, with Hillier losing time after overshooting his pit box.

Hickman lost time in pit lane and his advantage had shrunk to 10.4s as he went through Glen Helen for a third time. Harrison was having to deal with a holed windscreen after hitting a bird, whilst Todd had got the better of Cummins to move into third by 0.3s.

Conor Cummins at St Ninian’s during the 2022 Senior TT - Picture by Dave Kneen / Pacemaker Press

At the end of lap three Hickman had extended his lead considerably to 18.6s, whilst Harrison was now comfortably in second spot. Cummins had retaken the final podium spot and was 0.8s clear of Todd.

After four laps of racing, Hickman’s lead was at 19.3s as he made his second and final pit stop. Despite losing some time to Harrison, Hickman kept his cool and recorded to more drama-free laps to seal victory ahead of Harrison.

Hickman is only the fourth rider to win four races in a week at the TT. It’s Hickman’s second Senior TT victory and moves him onto a grand total of nine victories at the Mountain Course.

The result also means that Hickman has won the Joey Dunlop TT Championship with 111 points, with Harrison taking second by a single point (89) ahead of Dunlop (88).

Glenn Irwin retires his Honda during the second pit stop of the Senior TT - Picture by Stephen Davison

The battle for third went down to the wire, with Cummins overturning a 0.5s deficit at Ramsey through the Mountain section to take the final step of the podium by 2.8s.

Dunlop and Hillier completed the top six, with Ian Hutchinson and Jamie Coward coming home in seventh and eighth respectively. John McGuinness finished ninth after being hit with a 30-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane, with Nathan Harrison completing the top 10.

Glenn Irwin retired from the race on lap four with a bike problem, but he still leaves his first TT with the Newcomers Trophy. Dominic Herbertson fell at Glen Helen, where he was reported as being conscious and airlifted to Noble’s Hospital. Gary Johnson and Michael Rutter also retired from the race.

Coward was victorious in the TT Privateers Championship with a maximum of 125 points, with Kawasaki securing the TT Manufacturers Trophy. The DAO Racing Kawasaki squad won the Team Award.

Keep reading below for all of our 2022 Isle of Man TT race and qualifying reports.

Isle of Man TT 2022: Michael Dunlop claims 21st TT win with Supersport Race Two victory

First published: 10 June 2022 by Josh Close

Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the 2nd Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT - Photo by Stephen Davison

Michael Dunlop has completed the Supersport double at the Isle of Man TT after beating Peter Hickman by 3.297s.

The second Supersport race at this year’s event was originally supposed to take place on Wednesday (June 8) but was cancelled due to bad weather. In order to ensure that all racing can take place today (June 10), it was also shortened to two laps.

Once the race got underway fans were once again treated to a fantastic battle between Dunlop and Hickman, similar to their Supertwin fight earlier in the week. That battle was cut short due to a bike problem for Dunlop.

Dunlop had an advantage of 0.158s as they went through Glen Helen for the first time, extending this to half-a-second at Ramsey. The now 21-time TT race winner was just under a second clear on his Yamaha at the Bungalow, however Hickman fought back through the next sections and the lead as back at 0.57s as they started the final lap.

Michael Dunlop at St Ninian’s during the second Supersport Race - Picture by Dave Kneen / Pacemaker Press

However, Hickman would soon have to navigate his way through traffic which allowed Dunlop to open up a lead of 1.8s. Once clear, Hickman reduced the deficit to 1.3s at Ballaugh, only for Dunlop to respond instantly to pull it back to 1.6s at Ramsey.

That was the closest Hickman would get to Dunlop for the remainder of the race. Dunlop was 2.7s clear at the Bungalow and was able to keep the hammer down to take victory with the gap at 3.297s.

Dunlop is now only two victories behind John McGuinness in the TT history books, and five behind his uncle, the late Joey Dunlop, who holds the all-time record of 26 TT race wins. He’s also the most successful 600cc rider at the TT with nine Supersport victories.

Dean Harrison completed the podium for DAO Racing Kawasaki but was 21.348s behind the winner. It’s Harrison’s third podium at this year’s TT, having finished second in the opening Supersport race and the Superbike race.

Peter Hickman on Glencrutchery Road during the Supersport TT race 2 at TT2022 - Picture by Tony Goldsmith

Davey Todd was fourth ahead of Jamie Coward’s KTS Racing Yamaha, whilst Conor Cummins ensured that both of the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda riders finished inside the top six.

James Hillier was seventh for Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha, whilst Dominic Herbertson, Mike Browne, and Paul Jordan completed the top 10. Elsewhere, veterans Ian Hutchinson and McGuinness were 13th and 18th respectively.

The Senior TT is due to take place at 14:15 this afternoon (June 10) and has also been shortened to four laps due to the condensed schedule.

Keep reading below for previous race reports from this year’s Isle of Man TT

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman secures the hat-trick in Supertwin thriller

First published: 8 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman celebrates winning the Supertwins TT race - Picture by Stephen Davison

Peter Hickman clinched his third victory at the 2022 Isle of Man TT this afternoon after a bike problem for nearest challenger Michael Dunlop allowed Hickman to cruise to victory in the Supertwin race.

Dunlop led in the early stages and held a 0.8s advantage over Hickman, however by the time they reached Ballaugh, it was Hickman who led by the same margin. Dunlop retook the lead before the end of the lap, holding a 0.6s gap as he made his mandatory pit stop.

Hickman gained time during the pit stops and retook control of the battle between the two Paton-powered racers. The gap was 0.8s once more at Glen Helen on lap two, only for Dunlop to fight back once more to hold a narrow 0.042s lead at Ballaugh.

Michael Dunlop at Ballaugh Bridge during the Lightweight TT after retiring - Picture by Tony Goldsmith

The gap briefly extended back out to 0.8s, but Hickman halved the deficit as they reached the Bungalow, before retaking the lead at Cronk-ny-Mona. Remarkably, after two laps, and 75.5miles of racing, the duo were separated by just half-a-second.

The stage was set for an epic final lap duel, but disaster struck for Dunlop. The 20-time TT race winner slowed with a problem through Laurel Bank and was 57s behind Hickman by the time he reached Glen Helen. Reportedly, Dunlop stopped to make adjustments to his Paton but was black flagged.

Unchallenged, Hickman crossed the line with a massive 1’49.281s lead over Lee Johnston. Hickman set the fastest lap of the race on that final lap – 121.293mph.

The win moves Hickman onto eight TT victories overall, and comes after his 2022 Superbike and Superstock victories.

Lee Johnston at Ballaugh Bridge during the Lightweight TT at TT2022. PICTURE BY TONY GOLDSMITH

Second place will be a relief for Johnston, racing an Aprilia RS 650, after he was forced to retire from the opening Superbike and Superstock races.

Paul Jordan secured his maiden TT podium onboard his Prez Racing Kawasaki 650, with newcomer Pierre Yves Bian and veteran Michael Rutter completing the top five on their respective Paton S1-R machines.

Rob Hodson and James Hind were sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of Dominic Herbertson and Michael Evans. Xavier Denis completed the top 10 this afternoon. Jamie Coward retired from third place on the second lap.

The second Supersport race is due to begin at 6:30pm this evening (June 8).

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman secures victory in the opening Superstock race

First published: 7 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman at the Gooseneck on route to victory in the Superstock race

Peter Hickman secured his second victory of the 2022 Isle of Man on Monday evening (June 6) by winning the opening Superstock race.

After dominating the first Superbike race on Saturday (June 4), the Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider was the clear favourite heading into the race, and he didn’t disappoint.

The race was moved from 3pm to 6:35pm due to a serious accident in the morning’s Supersport race, and was also reduced to three laps with a mandatory pit stop to be taken after the opening lap.

By the time the racers reached Glen Helen for the first time Hickman had opened up a 0.4s lead over Davey Todd, with Dean Harrison a further second back in third. Supersport winner Michael Dunlop was a further second back in fourth.

Hickman increased his advantage to 3.6s by Ballaugh, before extending the gap further to 7.6s at Ramsey. Todd and Harrison, who switched back from Dunlop to Metzeler tyres for this race, were still second and third respectively.

Conor Cummins at the Gooseneck during Monday evening’s Isle of Man RL360 Superstock TT Race

As he pitted, Hickman recorded an opening lap average of 132.217mph and held a 12.7s lead over Todd (130.592mph). Conor Cummins was now third, three second adrift of his Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda teammate.

Hickman’s lead had dropped to 9.5s at Glen Helen on lap two, however he soon got back down to business and stretched his lead to 15.9s as he started the third and final lap.

The final lap of 132.274mph saw Hickman take his seventh career TT win with a lead of 12.7s, despite having to make his way through some traffic on the road.

“The bike worked faultlessly from the start again and I felt really comfortable so a big thanks to the team who were brilliant,” Hickman said. “The bike’s working so well and it’s making my life so much easier – not that it’s easy I can assure you! All the boys are fast and they’re all keeping me honest and I’m working my heart out to get the bike round as fast as possible.

“I caught Davey, John and Hutchy and knew that I had some time in hand, so I followed them for a few miles which I don’t normally like to do but eventually got by them all and got my head down. The conditions were bang on apart from the flies – there were loads of them – and it’s great to get another win so I’m happy as.”

Milenco Padgett's Honda's Davey Todd was overwhelmed after taking his first TT podium with a third place finish in the Superstock race

Cummins got the better of Todd on the final lap by the time they reached Ballaugh, recording a career-best 133.116mph to secure second. It’s the first time that Cummins has gone over 133mph at the TT.

Todd secured his first podium in third, with Dunlop and Harrison completing the top five. Jamie Coward finished sixth for the third time at this year’s TT. Ian Hutchinson, Dominic Herbertson, John McGuinness and Phil Crowe completed the top 10.

The TT’s fastest-ever newcomer, Glenn Irwin retired from the race and later explained on his Twitter page that he “had some handling problems from the get-go and didn’t feel too comfortable out there.”

Ben and Tom Birchall won the opening Sidecar race, leading from start to finish and posting a best speed of 119.22mph. It’s their 11th TT win and their eighth consecutive victory.

Ryan and Callum Crowe were second, in only their second TT race, after narrowly getting the better of FHO Racing’s Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsley.

There’s no action at the Mountain Course today (June 7). Here’s Wednesday’s (June 8) schedule:

10:00 Roads Close

10:30 Solo Warm-Up (1 Lap)

10:50 Sidecar Shakedown (1 Lap)

11:45 Bennetts Supertwin TT (4 Laps)

14:45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 (4 Laps)

17:00 Roads open

Keep reading below for our Superbike and Supersport race reports.

Isle of Man TT 2022: Michael Dunlop takes 20th TT win in stunning Supersport race

First published: 6 June 2022 by Josh Close

Michael Dunlop rounds Ballacraine Corner on his MD Racing Carl Cox Yamaha on his way to his 20th TT victory

Michael Dunlop now has 20 Isle of Man TT victories to his name after winning the opening Supersport race at this year’s event.

Dunlop came out on top in an intense battle with Dean Harrison, with the duo almost inseparable throughout the three-lap race.

At Glen Helen on the final lap, Harrison closed the gap to a mere 0.14s but Dunlop bounced back and added two tenths of a second to his lead as he went over Ballaugh Bridge. By the time they reached Ramsey, Dunlop’s lead had increased further to 2.6s.

There was nothing that Harrison could do to stop Dunlop, with the latter setting a new Supersport lap record of 129.475mph to cross the finish line with a 5.6s lead.

Dean Harrison took second place in the opening Supersport race on his DAO Kawasaki

It’s Dunlop’s eighth win in the Supersport class at the TT, and he joins an exclusive club of 20+ time race winners at the famous Mountain Course. Michael’s uncle, the late Joey Dunlop, and John McGuinness are the only two other riders to win 20 TT races.

Meanwhile, it’s Harrison’s second podium at this year’s event after finishing second to Peter Hickman in Saturday’s opening Superbike race.

It was Hickman who completed the podium after getting the better of Ashcourt Racing Yamaha’s Lee Johnston. James Hillier completed the top five on his Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha R6.

Jamie Coward and Conor Cummins were sixth and seventh respectively, ahead of Davey Todd and Dominic Herbertston. Ian Hutchinson completed the top 10 on his Russell Racing machine, but McGuinness could only manage 16th on his SMT Racing Honda.

The race was red flagged after the leaders had taken the chequered flag due to an incident. At the time of writing, no further information has been released with regards to this incident.

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman dominates to win the opening Superbike race

First published: 5 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman (FHO BMW Racing) celebrates winning the Superbike TT on Saturday afternoon.

Peter Hickman dominated the opening Superbike race at the 2022 Isle of Man TT to secure victory by 39.9s.

After setting an opening lap speed of 133.18mph, Hickman was never really threatened by his rivals and led all six laps. Halfway through lap one, the Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider already a three-second lead over Dean Harrison, extending this to 9.3s by the end of the lap.

On the second lap, Hickman had increased his lead over Harrison to 11.9s by the time the riders reached Glen Helen. Hickman set the race lap speed record of 133.461s on lap two before making his pit stop with a lead of 16.8s.

At half race distance, Hickman was up to second on the road having overtaken Dunlop at Windy Corner and his lead over Harrison had moved out again to 22.8 seconds. With two laps remaining this increased further to more than half a minute.

Peter Hickman through the Gooseneck on his Gas Monkey by FHO Racing BMW.

After two more laps with incident, Hickman crossed the line to clinch his sixth career TT victory by almost 40 seconds.

“What a race! The bike was absolutely awesome today and it never missed a beat so a big thanks to the team for all their hard work during the week,” Hickman said. “For a change, I was quick on the first lap and got into the lead straightaway – not like previous years when I’ve been down the leader board a little bit – so once there, I just got my head down.

“I was able to open up a gap to second and control the lead, short shifting and rolling off the throttle where I could so as to put less stress on the engine. There’s no need to push harder or quicker than you need to, so I just settled into a nice rhythm. The bike looks the part, it goes the part and I’m happy to start the week with a win.”

Harrison held off a late charge by Michael Dunlop to secure second, beating the Ulsterman by more than 17 seconds. Ian Hutchinson was fourth, with John McGuinness completing the top five in his 100th race at the TT. McGuinness’ Honda Fireblade featured a special celebratory livery, focusing on all 99 of his previous starts.

John McGuinness at Ballaugh Bridge during his 100th TT race.

Jamie Coward and James Hillier were sixth and seventh respectively, but it was newcomer Glenn Irwin in eighth who made the headlines. The Honda Racing UK rider is now the fastest-ever TT newcomer after setting a best speed of 129.85mph on the final lap.

“That was an amazing day,” Irwin said. “Before the start I felt a lot of nerves, I was quite emotional! I’ve never felt like that before. But once I got going, I felt really good. I think I probably respected the bike too much when it was on new tyres and full fuel load on laps one, three and five – but I think it’s important to do that.

“After the second pit stop, I could see that the gap to James Hillier had grown too much so I concentrated on hitting my marks, although I was also watching the crowds, there were so many on the course, waving – I really wanted to wave back!

Fastest TT newcomer Glenn Irwin at Ballaugh Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m thrilled to get that newcomers’ lap record. In my head it was always a possibility, but I didn’t expect to achieve it so soon. I didn’t expect the laps to fly by so quick, too. I remember starting lap two, thinking no way was I here already. It was all really enjoyable, and hats off to Hicky, Dean and Michael. The guys here are on another level.”

Shaun Anderson and Dominic Herbertson were the final finishers inside the top 10, with veteran Michael Rutter narrowly missing out in 11th.

There are no races at the TT today (Sunday June 5), but the action returns tomorrow:

10:00 Roads Close

10:30 Solo Warm-Up (1 Lap)

11:45 Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 Laps)

14:45 RL360 Superstock TT (4 Laps)

17:00 Roads Open

Keep reading below for qualifying week reports.

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman ends qualifying week as the man to beat

First published: 4 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman (Gas Monkey BMW) in action at Ballagery during Friday's final practice session

Peter Hickman is the man to beat heading into race week at the 2022 Isle of Man TT after ending the final qualifying on top in the Superbike class.

Rain during the day meant that qualifying was pushed back to the evening, with proceedings getting underway at 6:30pm. There were still some damp patches around the circuit – from Ginger Hall through to the Conker Fields, and also at Ramsey Hairpin.

Undeterred by the tricky conditions in the north of the island, Hickman still produced a best lap speed of 132.874mph on his Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW.

“It’s been a good week of qualifying and although we’ve had a few little issues here and there with the bikes to begin with, the boys have all worked hard to rectify them and I was more than happy with the 133mph+ lap,” Hickman said.

“I was equally as happy with Friday evening’s lap as conditions were far from ideal and I was rolling off all the way through the damp patches, so it bodes well for the opening Superbike race. You can never be too confident at the TT bit it’s definitely been a case of so far, so good.”

Michael Dunlop at Ballagarey on his 650 Paton/MD Racing Sueprtwin on Friday evening.

Aside from Hickman, Friday night (June 3) belonged to Michael Dunlop. The 19-time TT race winner topped the Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin classes.

Newcomer Glenn Irwin also continued to impress for Honda Racing UK, posting a personal best lap of 128.268mph. Irwin ended the evening fifth fastest in the Superbike class, and has made fantastic progress throughout the qualifying week.

“I’m building into it in the correct way, going a little bit quicker each time because you’ve got to take your time,” Irwin explained. “I’m probably still riding certain places a gear too low, like fifth instead of sixth through Crosby – but I’m just not ready to go through Crosby in sixth, it’s scary! But I’m really enjoying it, and I was happy to be lapping at very nearly 125mph by the third night.

“You naturally improve your lap times because you go round that corner one more time than last time. I’ve been around each corner 14 times now. But it’s funny here, if I was talking Knockhill I would have done turn one 14 times in 14 minutes, but this is the TT so it’s three days to do that many laps!”

Glenn Irwin, pictured at Ballagery on his Superstock Honda, continues to impress on his debut

An incident involving Mike Booth at Joey’s, as well as a burst water main at Cronk ny Mona meant that the Sidecar racers were limited to just one lap ahead of their first race on Saturday afternoon (June 4).

Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley who were quickest at 115.441mph followed by Ryan and Callum Crowe at 114.276mph.

Saturday’s Race Schedule (June 4)

10:00 Roads Close

10:30 Solo Warm-Up (1 Lap)

12:00 RST Superbike TT (6 Laps)

15:00 Sidecat TT Race 1 (3 Laps)

21:00 Roads Open

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Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman quickest in Superbike, Superstock and Supertwin classes on day five

First published: 3 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman over Crosby Jump on his Gas Monkey by FHO Racing BMW during Thursday's practice session

Peter Hickman dominated proceedings at the Isle of Man TT on Thursday evening (June 2) by producing the first lap under 17 minutes at this year’s event.

Hickman recorded a 16:59.579 and an average speed of 133.22mph from a standing start on his Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW M1000 RR Superbike. Hickman looked set to go even faster on his second lap, but ran out of fuel and pushed in from Governor’s Bridge.

Unfazed, Hickman returned to the circuit on his Superstock bike and topped that class as well with a 129.91mph lap, putting him ahead of Davey Todd (128.933mph), Conor Cummins (128.733mph) and Michael Dunlop (127.642mph).

After some problems with his Superbike, newcomer Glenn Irwin finished eighth in the Superstock class with a best lap of 126.689mph on his factory Honda Fireblade – another personal best for the North West 200 winner.

Dean Harrison at Dukes during Thursday's practice session at TT2022

Back to the Superbikes and it was Dean Harrison who got closest to Hickman’s stunning lap-time. Harrison was 6.83s behind Hickman with a best speed of 132.333mph, with Todd completing the top three with his personal best at the Mountain Course – 132.187mph.

Dunlop was quickest in the Supersport category after producing the fastest 600cc lap of the week so far at 126.662mph in the closing seconds of the session. That lap knocked Lee Johnston off top spot, and he was then knocked down to fourth by Harrison and Jamie Coward. Todd and James Hillier completed the top six.

Not content with top spot in the Superbike and Superstock classes, Hickman proceeded to post the fastest Supertwin lap-time as well. The BSB racer produced a 120.994mph lap on his Paton machine, finishing ahead of Dunlop. The duo were more than 20 seconds clear of the field, with Dunlop also breaking the 120mph barrier.

Ben and Tom Birchall dominated once again in the Sidecar class by posting the quickest lap of the week so far and recording a best average speed of 117.516mph. The duo were 19.5s clear of Ryan and Callum Crowe.

Today’s schedule (June 3)

12:30 Roads Close

13:00 Superbike, Superstock & Supersport Qualifying

14:10 Supersport & Supertwin Qualifying

15:05 Sidecar Qualifying

16:30 Roads Open

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman takes top spot in fourth qualifying session

First published: 2 June 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman goes through the top of Barregarrow during the 4th practice session at the Isle of Man TT

Peter Hickman topped the timesheets on day four of the 2022 Isle of Man TT, but the session was marred by the tragic death of 29-year-old Mark Purslow.

The session was red flagged at around 8:05pm following a crash at Ballagarey, where Supersport competitor, Purslow, from Llanon, Ceredigion, lost his life. The remainder of the evening’s schedule was cancelled.

The final results taken for the day saw Hickman fastest overall with a 17:09.333, and a best speed lap of 131.957mph. Dean Harrison was his closest challenger with a 131.767mph lap, only 1.9s behind the Gas Monkey by FHO Racing rider.

Davey Todd continued to impress in third spot, whilst the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda rider also finished second to Hickman in the Superstock class. Micheal Dunlop (128.797mph) and Jamie Coward (128.19mph) completed the top five on their Superbikes.

Michael Dunlop (1000 Suzuki/Hawk Racing) at Guthrie’s during Wednesday evening’s qualifying session

Dunlop did however top the timesheets on his Supersport machine with a top speed of 125.938mph and a best lap-time of 17:58.531. Harrison and Lee Johnston completed the top three.

In the opening Sidecar session of the evening, Ben and Tom Birchall were quickest once again on their Haith Honda machine (19:22.664 / 116.825mph). FHO Racing’s Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley were second, with Ryan and Callum Crowe completing the top three. The second session was cancelled due to the red flags.

In last night’s official statement regarding Purslow’s passing, organiser confirmed that the TT will continue. Today’s schedule is (June 2):

18:00 – Roads Close

18:20 – Superbike, Superstock & Supersport qualifying

19:25 – Supersport & Supertwin Qualifying

20:05 – Sidecar Qualifying

21:30 – Roads Open

Our thoughts are with Mark Purslow’s family, friends and team at this difficult time.

Isle of Man TT 2022: Dean Harrison takes control on day three with 131.767mph lap

First published: 1 June 2022 by Josh Close

Dean Harrison at Molyneux’s during Superbike practice on May 31

Dean Harrison stormed to the top of the Superbike timesheets in the third qualifying session at year’s Isle of Man TT after recording a best lap speed of 131.767mph.

The DAO Racing Kawasaki rider’s best lap-time was a 17:10.817 as he beat this year’s rising star Davey Todd to top spot. The latter recorded a top speed of 131.655mph on his Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda, but any hopes of going faster were dashed when he stopped at Casey’s with a technical problem.

Todd has been inside the top three in each of the three sessions held so far, and he and Harrison were the only riders to record 131mph+ laps on Tuesday evening (May 31).

Elsewhere, newcomer Glenn Irwin continued to improve his speed for Honda Racing UK. The BSB rider recorded a best lap speed of 124.947mph. He later posted on Twitter that is ideal speed would be 125.9mph at this year’s event.

Glenn Irwin at Ballacraine during Tuesday evening’s qualifying session

Fellow rookie Milo Ward also edged closer to the 120mph mark with a 119.555mph lap, with Joe Loughlin and Rennie Scaysbrook recording 113.343mph and 113.548mph respectively.

Peter Hickman topped the Superstock class was a 130.695mph lap, with Todd once again ending his night in second. Jamie Coward, Conor Cummins and Harrison completed the top five in Superstock.

Michael Dunlop was fastest in the Supersport category with a lap-time of 17:58.531 and best speed of 125.938mph. The Yamaha R6 rider was joined inside the top three by Harrison and Lee Johnston.

Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall (600 LCR Honda/Haith Honda) at Ballacraine during Tuesday evening’s qualifying session

Coward topped the Supertwin timesheets on his KTS Racing powered by Steadplan Kawasaki Z650, with Hickman taking second onboard his PHR Performance Paton SR-1. Coward completed the top three on the second KTS Racing machine.

A delay of around 30 minutes due to a non-racing medical emergency prior to the Supersport/Supertwin session meant that the Sidecars could only complete one lap due to time and light restrictions.

As expected, the Birchalls, on the Haith Honda, set the pace through all the sectors, recording the quickest speed of the week so far – 115.663mph. Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley stayed in touch with them on their FHO Racing machine. Dave Molyneux/Darryl Gibson (DMR) and John Holden/Jason Pitt stopped, at Cronk-y-Voddy and Sulby respectively.

Today’s updated schedule (June 1)

18:00 – Roads Close

18:30 – Sidecar Qualifying

19:00 – Superbike, Superstock & Supersport qualifying

20:15 – Sidecar Qualifying

21:30 – Roads Open

Isle of Man TT 2022: Peter Hickman breaks 130mph barrier on day two

First published: 31 May 2022 by Josh Close

Peter Hickman at Rhencullen during Tuesday evening’s qualifying session

Peter Hickman became the first rider to break the 130mph barrier on day two (May 30) of the 2022 Isle of Man TT as he topped the Superbike class.

The Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW rider recorded a 130.72mph lap on his way to topping the session with an advantage of seven seconds ahead of rival Dean Harrison. Davey Todd, who had topped day one, completed the top three with a best speed of 128.014mph.

The session was brought to a premature end due to red flags. Sam West fell at Laurel Bank and was airlifted to Noble’s Hospital conscious with hand and leg injuries.

There were also crashes for Ilya Cajouw at the 27th Milestone and Michael Sweeney at the 11th Milestone. Both riders were reported conscious and airlifted to Noble’s Hospital. Cajouw has since been discharged, whilst Sweeney has been diagnosed with possible arm and leg injuries.

John McGuinness John McGuinness at Lambfell during practice

Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness completed the top five in the Superbike class on Monday evening, ahead of Samuel West and Phillip Crowe. Ian Hutchinson, Lee Johnston and Dominic Herbertson completed the top 10.

In the Superstock class it was Davey Todd who continued his fine start to this year’s event with a best lap-time of 17:28.191 and best speed of 129.583mph. The Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles rider was fastest overall on day one.

Todd’s teammate, Conor Cummins was second fastest on the Superstock bikes, with Samuel West completing the top three on his BMW S1000RR. Dunlop and Johnston completed the top five ahead of Herbertson and Manxman Nathan Harrison.

Davey Todd at Rhencullen during Tuesday evening’s qualifying session

Hickman is also the man to beat in the Supersport class after recording a best lap-time of 18:30.393 and speed of 122.324mph on his Triumph Daytona 765. Paul Jordan and Johnston completed the top three on their respective Yamaha R6 machines.

Of the newcomers, it was BSB star Glenn Irwin who led the way for Honda Racing UK. The North West 200 race winner recorded a best speed of 122.924mph on his Superstock Fireblade, as well as a 122.355mph lap on his Superbike.

Fellow rookies Milo Ward and Joe Loughlin recorded personal bests of 118.24mph and 117.97mph respectively. The Sidecar session was cancelled due to the red flags.

Tuesday’s Schedule (May 31)

18:00 – Roads Close

18:20 – Superbike, Superstock & Supersport Qualifying

19:25 – Supersport & Supertwin Qualifying

20:05 – Sidecar Qualifying

21:30 – Roads Open

Isle of Man TT 2022: Davey Todd tops opening Superbike practice session

First published: 30 May 2022 by Josh Close

Davey Todd at Ballaugh Bridge on his way to top spot

The Isle of Man TT burst back into life on Sunday afternoon (May 29) after a two-year enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Riders and road racing fans were treated to glorious sunshine all around the historic Mountain Course and it was the newcomers who went out onto the circuit first, the most notable being BSB star Glenn Irwin.

The Honda Racing UK rider, who won both Superbike races at this year’s North West 200, posted a speed of 122.616mph on his Superstock machine. Once the newcomers had completed their ‘Speed Control Lap’ it was time for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport session to begin.

Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles rider Davey Todd set the fastest time in the Superbike class onboard his Honda Fireblade, recording a speed of 127.492mph as he, and the entire field, looked to get back up to speed around the course for the first time since 2019.

Newcomer Glenn Irwin gets to grips with Ballaugh Bridge on his Superstock Honda

Dean Harrison was second for DAO Racing Kawasaki, with 23-time TT race winner John McGuinness completing the top three on the factory Honda Fireblade.

Race favourite Peter Hickman (126.49mph) was the quickest rider in the Superstock class onboard the Gas Monkey sponsored FHO Racing BMW M1000 RR, whilst Michael Dunlop (124.103mph) and Jamie Coward (117.573mph) topped the timesheets in the Supersport and Supertwin classes respectively.

Peter Founds and passenger Jevan Walmsley topped the Sidecar session with a 112.426mph. The duo are supported by FHO Racing at this year’s TT. Ben and Tom Birchall were second on their Haith Honda, with Harry Payne and Mark Wilkes completing the top three with a speed of 110.364mph.

Today’s schedule (May 30) is as follows:

18:00 – Roads close

18:20 – Superbike, Superstock & Supersport Qualifying

20:05 – Sidecar Qualifying

21:30 – Road Open