DANIEL METTAM TEAMS UP WITH WILSON CRAIG FOR REMAINDER OF THE IRISH ROADS SEASON
New Zealand roads star Daniel Mettam has partnered with Wilson Craig and will pilot the veteran team owner’s Supersport and Superbike machines for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Mettam announced himself on the Irish road racing stage at Cookstown, when riding for Billy McKinstry, he stormed to a stunning Supersport B victory before finishing on the podium in an enthralling Supertwin encounter.
Wilson Craig has a long history of talent spotting and with the expertly prepared Honda machinery which will be supplied to him, Mettam will fancy his chances of quickly improving with Armoy and the Ulster Grand Prix around the corner.
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DEREK MCGEE SHINES IN THE ENNISKILLEN SUN
Derek McGee threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the field today at Enniskillen as the ‘Mullingar Missile’ topped the time sheets in four classes.
The Arney circuit was drenched in glorious sunshine throughout qualifiyng but it was Derek McGee who really turned up the heat. McGee, showing supreme confidence following his first ever podium finish at the Isle Of Man TT, was clearly in the mood for racing as he dominated all the classes in which he contested.
The 2017 triple Irish Roads champion topped the times in the Superbike, Supersport, 125/Moto3 and Supertwin classes making him the man to best when racing gets underway on Saturday.
McGee, on the Ryan Farquhar prepared KMR Kawasaki, was over three seconds clear of Adam McLean on his way to securing Supertwin pole. In the Supersport class, McGee, on the B&W Racing machine, snatched pole once more from McAdoo Racing’s McLean with a margin of 1.7s. Open qualifying saw McGee take a dominant pole as he finished 6.2s ahead of Kevin Fitzpatrick.
On the Joey’s Bar MCC Moto3, McGee lapped at a very impressive 1.57.254s.
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DAVEY TODD TO MAKE HIS SOUTHERN 100 DEBUT
Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd will make his debut next month at the Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races taking place on the Colas Billown Circuit.
The rising roads star has been enjoying an outstanding season thus far picking up best newcomer awards at both the North West 200 and the Isle Of Man TT.
The 22 year old Englishman, under the tutelage of team boss John Burrows, has seen his stock rise after some truly superb performances, the finest of which saw him finish the Senior TT in a terrific 9th place, lapping the famous mountain course at over 128mph.
In only his second year of real road racing, the Saltburn rider will contest the Southern 100 aboard the always expertly prepared Burrows Suzuki machinery.
Not only impressing with his speed on the bike, Davey has shown real maturity and road racing nowse off the bike with a measured approach helping to further underline his winning potential. His credentials are no longer in dispute.
Now the second fastest newcomer in TT history, Todd will expect to be mixing it with the very best when racing gets underway next month at the ‘Friendly Races’.
The Steampacket sponsored Southern 100 races will he held on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of July, 2018.
SOUTHERN 100 JOKE BOOK LAUNCHED
Southern 100 Racing’s late President, Derek Nicholson gained a wonderful reputation as a good after dinner speaker, especially at our Annual Dinners, where he excelled with the inclusion of some very amusing jokes.
Over the sixteen years, he was Club President, the highlight of the Annual Dinner was Derek’s eagerly awaited speak welcoming the various guests that attended – even they were not immune from Derek’s stories!
After Derek Nicholson’s sad passing in July 2017, his daughter Vanda thought it would be a loss for his anecdotes and jokes to also be lost and made the decision along with her partner Colin to arrange the publication of a Southern 100 Joke Book in her father’s memory and at the same time raise funds for the Southern 100. The Joke Book was designed and printed by Quine & Cubbon of Port St Mary as part of their continuing support for the ‘friendly races’.
Hence the launch of Southern 100 Joke Book – In memory of Derek Nicholson – His Words.... Not ours.
Derek Nicholson was a Castletown resident and had many roles during his life – Commissioner, Policeman, British Legion and Scout Trustee and Organiser of the Southern 100 races. He was also loving husband to Shirley and a proud father to Vanda, and grandfather to Michaela.
So please enjoy His words.... Not ours....
The Southern 100 Joke Book will be on sale at the Club’s Merchandise Shop next to the Club Headquarters
during this year’s races 9th – 12th July at £5.00, with all proceeds continuing to support the Southern 100, which was Derek’s biggest passion.
As we all know, for privateer racers money is hard to come by. Forest Dunn is having to sell his 2018 Isle Of Man TT Supertwin machine in order to help fund the rest of his road racing season.
It’s a great opportunity for someone to own a high quality race bike, and in the process help fund the dreams and ambitions of one of the most popular racers on the circuit.
Below is the post issued by Forest detailing the sale with a link to his Facebook page. I’m sure he would be happy to hear from you.
“Ok ladies and gents this isn’t something I wanted to do but unfortunately for our season to continue I must sell the Supertwin amongst other things!She’s a competitive bike with all the bells and whistles and she’s running great power only having done 9 laps of the 2018 TT getting me to 15th place with a fastest lap speed of 114.55mph!!
She’s proved herself amongst many other machines who have had years of development and she was brand spanking new before the TT so she’s a fresh bike!! Private message me for further info if you are serious about buying this bike no timewasters please my season depends on it!
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COSTELLO TAKES POSITIVES FROM MIXED EMOTIONS TT
Maria Costello MBE has vowed to take the positives from her Isle of Man TT experience despite having the misfortune of breaking down during the Lightweight race.
In a race that saw the Lightweight lap record broken twice in the first two laps, Northamptonshire racer Costello was forced to start from 44th place after a catalogue of electrical issues hampered practice to the point where she had to stop and make adjustments almost every lap of her five qualifying laps.
Costello said: “After all the problems in practice, I really hoped we had found and solved the problem. I was initially bitterly disappointed to break down in the race. I’d already stopped twice on lap two to make adjustments, so I knew it wouldn’t be a good finish but I really wanted to see that chequered flag.
I did make it to the pit stop and it was a super slick, probably one of my fastest, special thanks to Liam Beckett for coming over especially to be my fuel man and to Stuart of RST for the Arai visor change, it’s a shame I couldn’t capitalise on it. I retired from the race on lap three at Glen Helen. Competing at the Isle of Man TT is a privilege and it means so much to me, but when things go wrong I can’t help but feel frustrated, but meeting up in the beer tent with friends who have experienced real tragedy this TT put that into perspective.”
Among the highlights of the event for Costello was meeting with Prince William at the start line for the race.
Costello, who received her MBE from William’s father, Prince Charles, was asked many questions by HRH including what she would be listening to before she set off.
“I was honoured to meet him, it helped with my pre-race nerves. I couldn’t help but mention that I’ve met his Dad and we talked about our music interests. I was even more blown away when I found out he’d waited for me to start the race.”
The race was won by Michael Dunlop but only after Ivan Lintin, from a standing start, went thought the Grandstand at 121.603mph.
Lintin led the race until the end of lap two, when Michael Dunlop took the lead and broke the record again with 122.257mph. Lintin was forced to stop and Dunlop went on to win the race.
Maria would like to send special thanks to all her sponsors who made the event possible and to her team; Andy, Stephen, Richard and Sarah.
Thanks also to Tony & Simon at CMS, Ryan Farqhaur & Chris, Landlady Hilary, Dave Madsen-Mygdal & team, Harry & Chris, Ian, Adam, the marshals at the 33rd and those at Glen Helen, the guys who gave me the lift back after the race and all those who gave their support including the organisers, medics, marshals, travelling marshals and all the volunteers.
Maria added: "My thoughts, love and sincere condolences go out to the family & friends of both Dan Kneen & Adam Lyon and I'm sending all my thoughts and prayers to Steve Mercer, wishing him a full recovery from his incident."
Maria now turns her attention to three wheels in preparation for her sidecar debut at the Isle of Man Southern 100 in July.
For all of the latest news on Costello, including sponsorship opportunities, track days for women and other events, please visit her website at www.costelloracing.com.
TEAM ILR 2018 ISLE OF MAN TT REPORT
The Isle of Man TT has concluded for another year and Team ILR arrived on the island two weeks ago with perfect blend of youth and experience, with the young highly rated Joey Thompson again having 10 times TT winner Ian Lougher in his corner.
And it proved to be a very busy and eventful TT for both riders with Lougher entered in four races and his young protégé down for three events.
Ian was again at the forefront of the challenge from the Suter company after their one year TT hiatus last year with the exciting two stroke 'Suter 500', and he renewed his links with TEAM MIRAI in the TT Zero race. Joey meanwhile was entered in the two Supersport TT's, with both riders on Patons for the Lightweight TT.
Practice week got off to a good start with Thompson lapping at over 117mph on the ZX-6 and Lougher settling in on the Suter. The remainder of the week saw Joey steadily build on every outing on the Kawasaki and Paton, with Ian using the notoriously limited practice time to mainly work on a good setting on the Suter and the conclusion of practice saw both riders reasonably happy with their week's work.
First up was the Superbike TT and it proved to be a very challenging one for Lougher who came to the start line heavily laden with flu.
Ian managed the first two laps but at the first pit-stop his condition then worsened and the combination of this and a nasty 'moment' on the third lap, as well as actually being sick on the bike, convinced him to wisely call it a day.
A disappointing conclusion to the race, but a decision to retire that everyone was 100% supportive of with safety being paramount.
Monday arrived with Lougher 'slowly improving' and Thompson going to the line for the first Supersport TT. Joey started with an opening lap of 121.11mph to slot into 24th and as they stopped for their pit-stop he was up one place with a lap of 121.65mph.
Lap three saw Thompson push for a place in the Top 20 as he went on to his last circuit attempting to chase down Craig Neve. However it was a big task, but he still finished in an excellent 21st with an impressive 122.76mph being his fastest lap.
Wednesday was a busy day for the team with three races on the cards. After a disappointing start in which Joey (Supersport Race 2) and Ian (TT Zero) were retirements it was on to the Lightweight TT and hopes were high of a good result on the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Patons.
The first of the four laps concluded with Lougher in ninth and Joey two places back and a lap later as they pitted both riders had improved by one place and were riding well. Thompson began to up the ante on the third lap as he slotted into 6th with Lougher just one place back but his efforts were being badly hampered by a loose visor.
The retirement of Peter Hickman on the last lap saw Joey secure in 5th, but the nail-biting attention for the team was turning to the battle between Ian and Michael Sweeney for 6th which raged throughout the last lap with Ian pulling out the stops over his favourite Mountain Section to claim the final Top 6 place.
Two great results for the riders and the team, and a particularly good day for Paton with five riders in the first six home.
And so to the Blue Riband Senior TT, a race that had now taken on extra significance for the Suter team, something that wasn't lost on Ian and he didn't disappoint.
He opened with a steady 122.88mph lap to slot into 31st position and at the first pit-stop a lap later he had moved up to 28th.
With the exception of the third lap following the pit-stop, Lougher was lapping consistently in the 122's and as he pitted at the end of the fourth lap he was in 26th place and a lap later he had gained four places to move into 22nd. Ian saved the best to last to lap at over 124mph, his own personal best two-stroke lap, and the all-time second best two-stroke lap around the Mountain Course, to finish just one place outside the Top 20.
The following day after the TT, Joey then competed in the Post TT Road Races at the Billown circuit and had a successful outing with third in the 600cc race and a win in the 250/650cc race where he soon took the lead and was never headed to secure his and Paton’s first win at the circuit.
In closing the thoughts of everyone at Team ILR are with the families and friends of Dan Kneen and Adam Lyon, and our best wishes go to all the injured riders and we wish them a speedy recovery.
Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher:
"The TT is always very tiring and the 2018 TT was no different, especially when our young protégé Joey Thompson caught the flu at the beginning of practice week then I got it just when the racing started...bad timing or what So for me the first superbike race was a disaster, with no energy I just couldn’t hold on and felt drained, and after 3 laps completed I retired to the pits.
Joey had a great race in the Supersport race on the Team ILR/Thompsons ZX6 Kawasaki finishing 21st, but more importantly lapping at 122.7 mph on lap four, which is a great step forward in only his second visit to the Isle of Man.
In the Lightweight race he went even better on the Mark Coverdale backed Paton machine, finishing in a brilliant 5th place and lapping at 117.5 mph.
For myself I had an interesting race on the Paton to say the least...going off the line the pit limiter stuck on which meant I lost a couple of seconds, and with Peter Hickman starting right behind me that was a real problem I didn’t need.
In the pit stop we couldn’t get the fuel cap back on which cost me around 10 seconds extra.
But worse was to come when my visor came loose after the pit stop which meant I had to ride the last 2 laps holding it on and squinting through the result of the massive draft coming into my eyes.
So after all this I was quite satisfied I could bring it home for a 6th place finish and help Paton get 5 of the their machines in the top 6.
For the Senior race Suter gave me a much revised machine, working on changes to the suspension and fueling, but the biggest gain was an altered riding position which helped me feel a bit more comfortable on the Manx roads.
Suter and Team ILR worked hard together for the entire fortnight so it was pleasing I could finish the race in 21st position for them.
There is massive potential in the bike still but it’s not an easy ride by any means, but I do think I came up short of my planned 127 mph lap as I only managed just under 125 mph, but anyway it was never going to be easy on a proper racing prototype fuel injected two stroke machine.
I have so much admiration for all the guys at Suter Industries, they never give up and are always trying to be different.
TEAM MIRAI Racing prepared a beautiful electric bike in a Honda Moto 3 chassis for me to race, it handled great and I really enjoyed riding it, it was quite light and small, but on its second practice lap it almost caught fire at Quarry Bends, so was damaged quite badly, but luckily the rival Nottingham University’s team came to our rescue and lent us some batteries, but sadly I lost power in the race and retired at Lambfell.
So that’s it for this year, our thoughts go out to the families of lost and injured riders who we'll never forget.
Thank you to all the marshal’s and officials who gave up their time to make it all happen."
"The TT was great, we again had a lack of track time which put us on the back foot but I am learning fast and got some great lap times, especially on the Team ILR/Thompsons ZX6 Kawasaki.
I was pleased with fifth on the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Paton in the Lightweight TT and to have 5 Patons in the Top 6 was brilliant. I loved every second of it and can't thank all the team, my dad and sponsors enough.
My thoughts are with the families of the riders who lost their lives and my best wishes go to those who were injured."
Statement From William Dunlop
“I just thought I would put a few words down about my recent withdrawal from 2018 TT races as I have a lot of good people around me and I felt this is something that needed addressed.
First and foremost, I would like to thank all my sponsors, not one of them made me feel like I had to do anything I didn’t want to nor did they ask my issues – it’s good to have people helping me like this and it’s much appreciated.
Also a big thanks to everyone for their kind messages, I really can’t believe the support people have given me.
It has been a difficult few weeks but things have made a turn for the better for myself and Janine, we are expecting a second baby but unfortunately, we received terrible news at our 20 week scan and were referred to a specialist. While I was on the island Janine had to deal with everything herself and was attending the hospital appointments and scans herself while I was away.
My head wasn’t in the races and my thoughts were always at what was happening at home. My family will always come first so I made the decision to come home.
We received positive news this weekend and everything is now appearing to be normal so after months of uncertainty we now finally feel that we can enjoy this time and get excited for a new addition.
There are still additional scans and meetings with consultants to attend but things are looking so much better for us as a family.
I have a few weeks to rest my body and recover from NW200 crash and also think about my future, I will sit with my sponsors in time and see where we all stand.
RYAN KNEEN RECEIVES POKERSTARS SPIRIT OF THE TT AWARD 2018
Ryan Kneen has been awarded the 2018 PokerStars Spirit of the TT Award following brother Dan’s accident during this year’s TT Races.
The Kneen family have close links with the road racing community and Ryan, who was also competing in this year’s TT Races meeting, went out at the back of Thursday’s qualifying session wearing his brother’s helmet, following Dan’s death in Wednesday’s Superbike practice.
The PokerStars Spirit of the TT Award is given annually to the person or persons who best represent the ethos and values of the TT Races including decency, honesty, generosity, courage, compassion, integrity, respect, teamwork and commitment to the development of the races.
The presentation of the award was made on Friday – Senior Race Day - on the Grandstand podium ahead of the PokerStars Senior TT Race.
Guy Templer, Chief Operating Officer, The Stars Group, who presented the award commented:
“The Kneen family has shown incredible resilience and spirit and this was typified by Ryan’s gesture in his tribute practice lap to his brother that received such an incredible reaction from the fans at the event and a remarkable surge of support on-line as well.”
Rob Callister, MHK, Isle of Man Government’s Tourism and Motorsport representative said:
"Everyone in the local community and the broader road racing scene, was affected by Dan’s death. He was a hugely popular figure on the Isle of Man and made a great impact on everybody that met him. He will be sorely missed.”
“It is entirely appropriate that this year’s PokerStars Spirit of the TT award goes to Ryan whose spirit and dignity is a shining example of the values and ethos of the event. I personally attend the legacy lap on Sunday and it was incredibly moving to see Ryan and his father Richard leading around eight thousand bikers around the TT course.”
19 WINS FOR TAS RACING AFTER A POIGNANT 2018 ISLE OF MAN TT
Michael Dunlop’s poignant TT Superbike race win on the opening day of this year’s event, which the Ballymoney man respectfully dedicated to his fallen team-mate Dan Kneen, will always be remembered as the highlight of TT2018 for TAS Racing and Tyco BMW.
Dunlop said afterwards: “It’s been a hard week for the boys and everyone in the team and I’d just like to thank Hector and Philip [Neill] and the whole team for keeping the wheels in motion. Dan was my team-mate and I’d like to dedicate this win to him.”
TAS Racing’s support of Dunlop on the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR Superbike assisted the record-breaking road racer, to increase his win tally at the end of this year’s Isle of Man TT to 18 career victories; now only bettered by John McGuinness  and his uncle Joey on 26. It also lifted the TAS Racing team’s win tally to 19 at the iconic and world-renowned event.
Such a consistent week for Dunlop, who took three wins from his four podiums and a fourth place in the Senior TT, also afforded him the honour of lifting the overall Joey Dunlop TT Solo Championship title as the highest points’ scorer of TT2018, edging his main rivals Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison into second and third place respectively.
But as team manager Philip Neill explained, it was an event tinged with much sadness, and an emotional rollercoaster for all involved in the TAS Racing camp.
“We have undoubtedly experienced the most extreme highs and lows during an emotionally draining TT,” he said. “For TAS Racing to extend our record as the most successful independent team in TT history with a 19th TT victory, and to play a part in assisting Michael Dunlop to become the third most successful TT rider ever, with 18 victories – is truly amazing, and something my Father and I never imagined, when we began our journey as partners in 2001.”
Looking back to that emotional 19th win on the opening day in the six-lap TT Superbike encounter, he simply said:
“That was just meant to be. Michael dug deep and finished the job when the opportunity presented itself and we are all very proud that he did.”
The team then fully supported Michael’s MD Racing Superstock race effort just two days later, and only for traffic on the run across the mountain on the fourth and final lap, it may well have been another win for Dunlop and BMW’s S 1000 RR, as Neill recounted.
“Michael had our full support for his own private entry in the Superstock race, and it was almost enough to land another top step. Unfortunately, Michael’s chances were severely hindered by traffic on the final run across the mountain. But at least the top spot was lost to another BMW S 1000 RR, and fair play to Peter Hickman taking his debut TT win.” Dunlop finished second with a best lap of 133.874mph.
The week was finished off with fourth place in the Senior TT, which was disappointing for both team and rider. Some set-up changes, that appeared to deliver a positive step forward during a practice lap just 48 hours earlier, didn’t quite translate into a race winning improvement.
Neill said: “Unfortunately the changes we made, did not compliment the package enough to allow Michael to challenge for the victory. Quite simply he clearly had a few problems during the race. Michael had also been feeling unwell in the latter part of race week, and if we factor that in; and not being able to give him that comfortable feeling on the bike – we were happy to see Michael do the best job possible under the circumstances. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement to Peter Hickman and the Smiths’ Racing team on the win.”
In closing the Tyco BMW team manager added: “With everything considered our thoughts from TT2018 will remain with Dan Kneen and his family and friends.”
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DAVEY TODD WINS RST STAR OF TOMORROW AWARD
Isle of Man TT newcomer Davey Todd has been awarded the RST ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Award.
The award was created by Official TT safety partner RST and was judged on a number of factors by the TT rider liaison officers John Barton and Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle who run the newcomer programme. The award includes a full factory equipment package of an RST Race Dept suit, boots gloves, and an Arai helmet.
Davey finished the second fastest newcomer in the event’s history, bettered only by Peter Hickman’s lap time from 2014 but surpassing Josh Brookes’ 2013 time. Davey clocked 127.890 in Monday’s RL360 Superstock race which he improved to 128.379 in yesterday’s PokerStars Senior TT, having already indicated his potential with a lap of 128.051 in Wednesday’s Senior qualifying session from a standing start.
Jonny Towers, RST said:
“We are delighted to be involved with the TT on many levels both commercially as well as supporting the travelling marshals and in creating an award to recognise and support a rider in the early stages of his career. Davey, in his performance and approach, typifies the type of rider that we were looking to recognise with this award.”
Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle said:
“RST’s support for the newcomers is a real tangible benefit for a rider starting out and shows that their thinking is aligned and in tune with riders and their requirements. Davey has had an outstanding first year at the TT and his success is based on the hard yards that he has done over the winter months in preparing to race here for the first time. He has a great attitude and I can see him having a long and successful TT career if he continues to make the progress and build on his first year.”
IAN PATTINSON CALLS TIME ON TT CAREER
Ian ‘Pixie’ Pattinson yesterday completed in his final Isle of Man TT race after 22 years of racing at the Isle Of Man TT. The Weardale Racing rider announced prior to the race that this year would mark his final appearance racing at the TT.
The 2005 Junior Manx GP winner now has 75 replicas to his name and yesterday recorded a highly respectable 29th place finish in the Pokerstars Senior TT race on his trusted BMWS1000RR machine.
Pattinson scored a notable 8th place in the 2007 Pokerstars Superstock TT race on board a Suzuki GSXR1000 finishing ahead of TT legend Ian Lougher, Steve Plater and Gary Johnson who would each go on to bag a brace of victories.
As the Weardale rider now hangs up his leathers for the final time, we wish him well for the future.
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DAVEY TODD ENJOYS STELLAR SENIOR ISLE OF MAN TT DEBUT ON HIS WAY TO COLLECTING BOTH THE NEWCOMER AND TOP PRIVATEER AWARDS
Cookstown Burrows Engineering rider Davey Todd has enjoyed a sublime fortnight at the Isle of Man TT culminating in a momentous result in Friday’s PokerStars Senior TT.
Todd’s brilliant performance, capped off with a personal best time of 128.379mph / 17:38:025s from a standing start, helped the Englishman to record a 9th place finish in the blue riband event and secured him both the Newcomer’s Trophy as well as the TT Privateer’s Championship.
On Wednesday evening Davey was presented with the inaugural RST ‘Star of Tomorrow’ award to add to his growing list of silverware and had this to say about that achievement.
“Absolutely honoured to receive this award tonight! I’m speachless! Huge thanks to my whole Burrows Engineering team for everything they do for me and massive thanks to the whole TT organisation team for helping me prepare for the mountain course so well!”
Showing a real skill for learning the fabled mountain course and keeping a level head whilst at the same time performing at such a blistering pace is no easy thing to achieve, but Todd is now the second quickest newcomer in TT history behind only Peter Hickman, all told a remarkable feat for the debutant.
We can only express our congratulations to Davey and the entire Cookstown Burrows Engineering team on a superb fortnight’s work. Here’s to even more success in the future.
Davey’s performances at the 2018 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy
- RST Superbike Race: 16th / 126.268mph 16th
- Monster Energy Supersport Race 1: 12th / 124.209mph
- RL360 Superstock Race: 10th / 127.89mph
- Monster Energy Supersport Race 2: 12th / 124.3mph
- Pokerstars Senior TT: 9th / 128.379mph
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Ulster Grand Prix geared up to reclaim World’s Fastest Road race accolade
The 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix’s Man of the Meeting, Peter Hickman, has smashed the lap record set by Dean Harrison at Dundrod last year, recording an average speed of 135.452mph at the Isle of Man TT.
It was a double hit for Dean Harrison, as he not only saw his lap record usurped, but lost out to Hickman in the last lap having led the entire race.
Noel Johnson, Clerk of the Course for the Ulster Grand Prix commented:
“I am absolutely delighted for Peter and the Smith’s BMW team. Both himself and Dean gave the spectators exactly what they wanted today – incredible racing and a photo finish! Well done to all involved with the TT this year and on (temporarily!) taking the mantle of the world’s fastest road race! I have no doubt with the form that Dean and Peter are in we could see round two at Dundrod this August!”
The battle for the World’s Fastest Road Race title, the MCE Ulster Grand Prix, kicks off on 5th August, with two days of international racing on Thursday 9th and Saturday 11th August.
Wristbands can be purchased via www.ulstergrandprix.net.
RECORD BREAKING TRIO HAVE TOGETHER CREATED THE PERFECT LAP AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT
When the first bike roared off down Glencrutchery Road to begin TT 2018, few people, if any at all would have dared dream of the record breaking exploits which were to follow.
To record a perfect lap around the world famous Isle of Man TT course takes a feat of almost Herculean effort, a great deal of luck and talent, and for the infamous interchangeable Manx weather to provide you with a few days of sunshine.
All of the above factors have clearly fallen into place as each race up until now has produced a lap record in its class and we are only halfway through race week. It’s surely a sign of things to come with Michael Dunlop already having unofficially broken the lightweight lap record, twice! That lightweight race will take place on Wednesday afternoon.
So if we look at the new sector records around the island, held between Dean Harrison, Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop, what lap time do we get? Let’s have a look.
Isle Of Man TT best sector times are as follows:
Grandstand to Glen Helen:
Dean Harrison - 4m07.716s
Glen Helen to Ballaugh:
Dean Harrison - 3m00.620s
Ballaugh to Ramsey:
Dean Harrison - 3m11.129s
Ramsey to Bungalow:
Peter Hickman - 3m11.671s
Bungalow to Cronk ny Mona:
Peter Hickman - 2m13.220s
Cronk ny Mona to Grandstand:
Michael Dunlop - 56:603 seconds
What this means is that the perfect lap around the island stands at 135.698mph or 16:40:374s. That’s as good as ten seconds faster than the outright lap record set by Dean Harrison during last Saturday’s RST Superbike TT race.
The top three riders have all helped one another to further raise the bar with Harrison himself intimating that a 135mph lap may well be required to win the Senior TT on Friday. If we get the weather which is forecast for the remainder of the week and taking those stunning sector records into account it’s hard to argue against that.
DUNLOP CLAIMS 17TH VICTORY TO BECOME THE JOINT THIRD MOST SUCCESSFUL RIDER IN TT HISTORY
Michel Dunlop added yet another TT win to his growing tally as the man from Ballymoney won the Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 at the Isle Of Man TT, smashing his own Supersport lap record in the process.
Riding an MD Racing Honda, the now 17 time TT winner is tied on the all-time list alongside sidecar legend Dave Molyneux.
The 29 year old rider has now taken two wins so far this week and with three more races left to be run he must be expected to further add to his tally and move into third spot outright on the list of winners around the world famous mountain course.
Speaking about his Supersport win Dunlop had this to say:
“Fair play to all the boys, I got settled in and rode the race I needed to. Thanks to Carl Cox and Hunt’s Motorcycles. My pitstop was absolutely perfect. I genuinely think I could do a 130mph lap. We went into the race blind not having had much time on he bike so there’s more to come. It’s a quick pace but I’m beginning to ride harder.”
NEWCOMER ADAM LYON SADLY PASSES AWAY FOLLOWING A CRASH DURING SUPERSPORT RACE ONE.
“Statement on behalf of ACU Events Ltd
ACU Events Ltd regrets to confirm that Adam Lyon, 26, from Helensburgh in Scotland was killed in an incident during the Supersport 1 Race today at the Isle of Man TT Races. The accident occurred at Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the 3rd lap of the race.
Adam was a newcomer to the TT this year. He qualified in 24th place for today’s race with a fastest lap of 122.261 which he improved to 122.636mph on the opening lap of today’s race. His fastest lap of the TT course – 123.443 - was in Friday’s Superbike qualifying session.
Adam lapped at 122.499 as a newcomer at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2017, finishing 11thin the second Supersport race. He finished sixth in the 2010 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with podiums at Croft and Silverstone.
ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and friends.”
ISLE OF MAN TT - SATURDAY PRACTICE REPORT
Fresh from a sensational RST Superbike victory earlier in the day, 16 time TT winner Michael Dunlop carried his race form into practice on Saturday evening.
With riders receiving a shortened two lap session Dunlop first headed out on the MD Racing Honda and showcased why he is the Supersport lap record holder around the mountain course posting a spectacular lap of 127.063mph / 17:48:981s. To that point the quickest Supersport lap of the week had been held by Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrsion who had lapped at 125.797mph / 17:59:743s. Harrison couldn’t better that time as he lapped at 125.282mph / 18:04:174s.
Josh Brookes was the man making huge strides on his McAms Yamaha as he bettered his precious best lap of 122.109mph when he lapped at 125.041mph, an improvement of 26 seconds.
Content with his Supersport exploits, Dunlop jumped on the BMW/MD Racing Superstock machine to see if he could better the fastest lap of the week which had just been posted minutes earlier by Dean Harrsion who raced to a quick time of 131.042mph / 17:16:526s. It was touch and go between the two in-form riders for the majority of the lap but Dunlop managed to find some time over the mountain to eventually cross the line and post the overall fastest Superstock time of the week at 131.158mph / 17:15:604s.
No doubt buoyed by his performances throughout the day which saw him take his 16th TT win and finish top of the timetables in the Lightweight, Supersport and Superstock class, Dunlop will enjoy having some down time to focus on the work he intimated needs carried out to fine tune the Tyco BMW Superbike ahead of the Senior TT this coming Friday.
Harrison, although disappointed with his retirement in the superbike race earlier in the day will take heart knowing he has plenty more opportunities coming his way.
The Lightweights were also out on circuit and once more the times were close setting up what promises to be an enthralling race later in the week.
Ivan Lintin topped the times in this session as he produced a lap of 119.422mph. He was closely followed by Irishman Derek McGee who was also up to pace on the KMR machine lapping at 119.403mph.
McAdoo Racing’s James Cowton, fresh off a stunning supertwin win at the North West 200, finished the session in third place with a time of 118.109mph.
None of the riders were able to better the unofficial lap record set last Saturday on the Paton by Michael Dunlop.
Ivan Lintin - 119.422
Derek McGee - 119.403
James Cowton - 118.109
Stefano Bonetti - 117.374
Peter Hickman - 117.005
Michael Dunlop - 131.158
Dean Harrison - 131.042
Michael Rutter - 129.774
Gary Johnson - 128.375
David Johnson - 127.751
Ian Hutchinson - 127.341
Lee Johnston - 126.741
Conor Cummins - 126.577
Sam West - 126.339
Craig Neve - 125.233
Michael Dunlop - 127.063
Dean Harrison - 125.282
Josh Brookes - 125.041
Lee Johnston - 123.046
Peter Hickman - 122.294
James Hillier - 122.878
Daley Mathison - 122.362
Adam Lyon - 122.261
Jamie Coward - 121.781
Davey Todd - 121.605
Sam West - 121.267
Philip Crowe - 121.140
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ISLE OF MAN TT - FOG AND MIST DESCEND AROUND THE COURSE
Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson will make an announcement at 9am this morning regarding today’s racing schedule as large parts of the Isle of Man TT course are covered in fog and mist.
The current schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY 2ND JUNE
12:00 RST Superbike TT Race (6 Laps)
15:00 Locate.im Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 Laps)
16:35 Superstock / Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying
17:10 TT Zero Qualifying (1 Lap)
Whether the current schedule will be amended depends entirely upon the conditions changing.
After a week of practice under the blistering sun we have seen some truly stunning times as Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman have stood out as the likely podium contenders for big bike honours, although Conor Cummins, James Hillier and David Johnson have all posted laps in excess of 130mph.
Let’s hope we are treated to some fast, and more importantly safe racing when the action kicks off later today.
Dean Harrison - 133.462
Michael Dunlop - 132.983
Peter Hickman - 132.806
Conor Cummins - 131.175
James Hillier - 130.664
Peter Hickman - 130.829
Dean Harrison - 130.553
Conor Cummins - 129.584
David Johnson - 129.202
Lee Johnston - 128.288
Dean Harrison - 125.797
Michael Dunlop - 125.741
Conor Cummins - 125.152
James Hillier - 124.919
Peter Hickman - 124.447
Michael Dunlop - 120.875
Ivan Lintin - 120.660
Stefano Bonetti - 118.848
Derek McGee - 117.571
Peter Hickman - 117.508
Photos by: RCphotos
An update regarding Steve Mercer, from Caroline Mercer:
“Just to give you an update Steve had surgery early Thursday morning for pelvic and leg injuries which went as well as the doctors could have hoped at this stage. Other injuries include a broken ankle, heel, T12 vertebrae, a fracture to his larynx and damage to his neck which means he’s not currently able to breathe for himself without support. They’re keeping him heavily sedated most of the time to make him more comfortable whilst he recovers from his injuries. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us to get over to him so quickly and for the hundreds of messages of support we have received. I have been reading some of your messages out to him to let him know everyone is rooting for him to get better. I’m sorry to everyone I haven’t replied to yet, Steve and the boys are keeping me busy, but I will try to get back to you all over the coming days. X”
We wish Steve all the best with his recovery and our thoughts are with him, his family, friends and with Jackson Racing at this time.
Stay strong Steve.
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