Isle of Man TT 2018 | Hickman takes maiden TT win

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

 

Peter Hickman took his first ever Isle of Man TT win after a thrilling encounter in the four-lap RL360 Superstock race, setting a new race lap record and overall race record along the way. Having stood on the podium in the earlier Supersport race, it was an enthralling race between the Smiths BMW rider and Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop with the top two split by just +0.146 on the final lap at the Ramsey Hairpin with just 12-miles to home.

The same top three from the Supersport race claimed the podium positions but it was the BMW of Hickman on the top step. Dunlop came home second 4.4 seconds behind while Dean Harrison and his Silicon Engineering Kawasaki a further 9.2 seconds further back.
Superstock TT Results

 

The 31-year old from Louth had to work hard for his maiden victory having made a big mistake on lap one. Running on at Braddan Bridge meant the BMW man had to stop and turnaround.

I was a tiny bit late on the brakes into Braddan – I was trying too hard and we all know how rubbish I am on the first lap normally. I had to go straight on, I was so angry,” said the eventual race winner. “I had to stop and turnaround then go around the tree again to re-join, I probably lost 10-15 seconds and by the time I got my first board (at Sulby) it read P9”.

But the incident spurred Hickman on and by the end of lap one he was already back to third just 7.6 seconds off the lead of Dean Harrison. The Kawasaki man had taken an early lead and by the end of lap one held a 5.4 second advantage over Michael Dunlop, having set an opening lap of 133.073mph from a standing start, just a whisker off the Superstock lap record.

 

That was duly smashed on the final lap as Hickman and Dunlop did battle. While Harrison dropped away, Hickman got the hammer down setting a final lap time of 134.403mph (16:50.601), a mere 2.7 seconds off the outright lap record set on Saturday by Harrison. On his way to beating Ian Hutchinson’s 2016 lap record, Hickman also beat Harrison’s outright sector record from Ramsey to the Bungalow from Saturday’s Superbike race, a record that had belonged to Steve Plater since 2009.

Hickman also praised an unlikely source who, perhaps unknowingly, contributed to his win, “Thanks to the guy with the pink hat at Bagarrow, I used him as a brake marker each lap!" 

A sterling effort from David ‘Davo’ Johnson on the Gulf BMW saw the Australian take fourth place but over a minute behind Harrison. 4.9 seconds further back was James Hillier with Michael Rutter, Martin Jessopp, Sam West, Ivan Lintin and the newcomer, Davey Todd, rounding out the top 10.

Six of the top eight were on BMW’s demonstrating an era of dominance for the German marque. Four of the top seen in Saturday’s Superbike race were also BMW-equipped including winner Michael Dunlop who now still has three more races this week to close the gap between himself and John McGuinness in the all-time winner list. It’s 26 vs 17 currently.

The final word belonged to Hickman, “That was the hardest I’ve ever ridden a bike around here.” 

 

Isle of Man TT 2018 RL360 Superstock Race - Top 10 Results

1.

Peter Hickman

Smiths BMW

 

2.

Michael Dunlop

Tyco BMW

+4.452

3.

Dean Harrison

Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

+9.151

4.

David Johnson

Gulf BMW

+1:12.758

5.

James Hillier

Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki

+4.922

6.

Michael Rutter

Bathams BMW

+30.221

7.

Martin Jessopp

Riders Motorcycles BMW

+30.221

8.

Sam West

PRL Worthington BMW

+3.436

9.

Ivan Lintin

Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki

+1.907

10.

Davey Todd

Burrows Engineering Suzuki

+1.247

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