Road Racing Daily - Isle Of Man TT 2019

Road Racing Daily Road Racing Daily 8th June 2019 - Isle Of Man TT 2019 awards round up

2019 ISLE OF MAN TT AWARDS ROUND UP AS HICKMAN SECURES JOEY DUNLOP CHAMPIONSHIP AND COWARD IS NAMED AS TOP PRIVATEER

 

Peter Hickman has the honour of taking home the Joey Dunlop TT Solo Championship crown from this year’s Isle Of Man TT following his victories in the RST Superbike, Monster Energy Supersport Race 2, and RL360 Superstock TT Races. He finished third teen points ahead of Dunlop Senior TT winner Dean Harrison. The Smiths Racing team won the top team award for the second year in a row. 

 

Ben and Tom Birchall took the title in the Sidecar class following their two wins this year’s Locate.im Sidecar TT Races. The Birchalls also walked away with the Motul Team Award for Technical Excellence with their LCR chassis filling all the podium spaces in the first sidecar race. 

 

Newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe were awarded the RST Star of Tomorrow award following on from their stellar debut which saw the pair set the fastest newcomer lap for a sidecar team when they clocked a speed of 113.53mph in race one. 

 

Jamie Coward was named as the top privateer following his impressive performers at this year’s TT races which saw the Prez Racing rider claim his first ever podium finish coming in second place in the Bennetts Lightweight TT race on Thursday evening. 

 

The ‘Spirit of the TT’ award was given collectively to all of the marshals who worked so diligently over the course of this year’s meeting. 

 

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Road Racing Daily Dean Harrison wins dramatic Dunlop Senior race at the Isle Of Man TT

DEAN HARRISON WINS DRAMATIC DUNLOP SENIOR TT 

 

Dean Harrison claimed victory in today’s blue riband Dunlop Senior TT race following a dramatic turn of events which saw long-term leader Peter Hickman lose the lead after his bike developed an issue after the second round of pit stops. 

 

Smiths Racing’s Hickman was the fastest man out of the gate and led the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki bike of Harrison by 0.3s through Glen Helen. Conor Cummins, on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda, settled into third place 5s adrift of Harrison with Michael Dunlop 0.3s back in fourth spot on the Tyco BMW. 

 

BMW mounted Hickman managed to increase the gap over the course of the first lap and crossed the line to lead by 2.2s clocking an incredible lap of 134.28mph / 16:51.496 from a standing start. Harrison’s first lap was 133.99mph / 16:53.704s. 

 

The top ten on lap one read as, Hickman, Harrison, Cummins, Dunlop, D Johnson, Todd, Rutter, Coward, G Johnson, McCormack. 

 

Davey Todd, in his second year of competition at the Isle of Man TT, joined the 130mph club clocking a lap of 130.23mph onboard the Penz13.com BMW S1000RR. 

 

Lap 2 developed with Hickman hammering home his advantage over the first few sections to lead at Ramsey by 3.4s, but it was on the climb to the Bungalow where the 5-time TT winner was able to make huge gains almost doubling his lead. Cummins was now falling back as was Michael Dunlop who still held fourth place. 

 

Entering gasoline alley to make the first of two scheduled pit stops, Hickman now enjoyed a lead of 8.0s. Both Honda riders retired at the end of lap two and there was a pit lane penalty for Julian Trummer. Sam West was also a notable retirement. Irishman Brian McCormack was up into 8th place at the end of the second lap. 

 

Lap 3 saw the lead largely remain the same until the climb up the mountain where Hickman was finding serious pace over the chasing pack. The gap over the line at half distance was 13.4s. 

 

Dean Harrison managed to claw back 1.1s over Hickman on the run to Ballaugh on lap 4 and a further 0.5s by the time he had reached Ramsey, but true to form, Hickman put the hammer down on the climb to the Bungalow and found three seconds to lead his rival by 15.2s. Conor Cummins was still in a secure third place 40s back on Harrison. 

 

Making the second of two scheduled pit stops, Hickman was now leading by 17.6s but drama was to follow as the Smith’s BMW superbike began to develop an issue with it losing water resulting in Hickman’s lead evaporating. 

 

That became all too apparent by the time the leaders flashed through Ramsey on the penultimate lap as Harrison had moved into the lead with a gap over Hickman of 7.8s. On the run across the mountain that gap had doubled and crossing the line to began the sixth and final lap the gap was now out to 18.38s. 

 

Harrison managed to increase his advantage over the last 37.73 miles and crossed the line to take his first ever ‘big bike’ TT victory by 53s clocking a lap of 132.89mph to mark the first Senior TT win for Kawasaki since 1975. 

 

Hickman eventually crossed the line 5.3s ahead of Conor Cummins, who took a well earned third place. 

 

Dean Harrison 

 

“I thought if I can try and stay in with a shout I’d have a chance. I can’t believe it! Yesterday got me back up to speed. It was hard work but conditions were perfect. Massive thanks to the crowd waving us around. They made it so special. 

 

Peter Hickman 

 

“It is what it is. The bike was working awesome and I was cruising but after the second stop the bike started overheating and it was chucking water out so I had to ride around at half throttle. It was a tough last two laps. All credit to Dean. We’re obviously gutted but that’s how it goes. 

 

Conor Cummins

 

“We had an issue mid-race but other than that it was a faultless race. I just dug in as best I could. I’m happy with third but we’ll come back next year stronger. The team has worked so hard to get me a good package. Massive credit to the them.”

 

DUNLOP SENIOR TT RACE RESULT

 

1 Dean Harrison 

2 Peter Hickman 

3 Conor Cummins

4 Michael Dunlop

5 James Hillier 

6 Davey Todd

7 Michael Rutter 

8 Jamie Coward 

9 Brian McCormack 

10 Dominic Herbertson 

 

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Road Racing Daily Michael Rutter wins SES TT Zero and breaks his own lap record

RUTTER BREAKS HIS OWN LAP RECORD IN SES TT ZERO RACE VICTORY

 

Michael Rutter was in record breaking form in today’s SES TT Zero race for electric bikes at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

 

Rutter clinched the race win with a new record lap from Bathams Mugen teammate John McGuinness. Another veteran competitor, Team Mirai’s Ian Lougher, took the final podium place.

Celebrating its 10th year this year, the TT Zero Race lap record has gone from an average speed of 96.82mph set by Mark Miller in the inaugural TT Zero Race, to Rutter’s new time of  121.909mph, just under a second inside his old record set last year.

 

The race has been dominated in recent years by the Mugen team, with John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Bruce Anstey all winning races for the Japanese-based factory team and today’s win for Rutter’s – his fifth in the class -also extended his record of winning every TT Zero Race that he has participated in. He was also the first rider to break the prestigious 100mph mark for an electric bike in 2012.

 

Rutter was never headed in the race and his lead was over 4 seconds at the opening timing point at Glen Helen from Bathams Mugen teammate John McGuinness. Davey Todd, who replaced his Penz13.com teammate Daley Matheson - who was so tragically killed in the Superbike race earlier in the week - on the Nottingham University bike, was in third but was already almost eleven seconds off the leaders pace. Wales’s Ian Lougher and South African Allann Venter (Brunel University) completed the top five.

 

McGuinness closed the gap to just over three seconds at Ballaugh and set the fastest time through the Sulby speed trap – a remarkable 176.14 to Rutter’s 173.86 with Todd also flying through Sulby straight with 160.16 – all three times testament to the progress that these electric bikes have made.

 

However, Rutter again improved his lead back up to almost five seconds by the third check point at Ramsey Hairpin. By the Bungalow the main question on everyone’s lips was whether Rutter could break his own lap record and he answered the question at the Grandstand with a new lap record.

 

McGuinness comfortably held on to second place at the chequered flag but with Davey Todd stopping after Ramsey, Ian Lougher moved into the final podium place and duly came home in third with an average lap speed of 102.690mph.

 

With Todd retiring, it was left to Allann Venter to give Brunel University the honour of being the leading University.  The Duffy Motorsport pair – Mike Norbury and Shaun Anderson were next home with 83.289 and 72.026 respectively.  Matthew Rees, representing the University of Bath, was the final finisher.

Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop wins thrilling Bennetts Lightweight TT race at the Isle Of Man TT

MICHAEL DUNLOP WINS THRILLING BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE AT THE ISLE OF MAN 

Michael Dunlop won the Bennetts Lightweight TT race this evening in what proved to be an absolute nail biting race. Dunlop, who is now a 19-time TT winner, had to fight off the advances of Jamie Coward as the duo tussled for the lead for the entirety of the two lap race. 

Riding the Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse, Dunlop made a break right from the start and led by 2.68s over Kawasaki mounted Coward through Glen Helen with KMR’s Gary Johnson in third place, 0.67s behind Coward. 

The gap for the lead increased by two tenths of a second through Ballaugh but on the run to Ramsey Dunlop had managed to draw out a gap of 4s as he started his first run up the mountain. Gary Johnson was now under serious pressure from Lee Johnston, the gap between the pair a mere 01.s. 

Drama was to follow as Dunlop almost lost his entire lead as Coward, onboard the KW Electrical / CMS / SB Tuning Kawasaki, was now only 0.2s behind. Lee Johnston was also making gains on the run up the mountain overhauling Gary Johnson to move into the final podium position. 

At Cronk Ny Mona Coward had moved into the lead and crossing the line he enjoyed a margin of 1.4s clocking a lap of 120.65mph. Dunlop’s lap was 120.56mph. Lee Johnston was a further 7s back in third place. 

Stefano Bonetti was in fourth at the end of lap one with Gary Johnson in fifth and Dafabet Racing’s Paul Jordan in a very credible sixth place. The Norton duo of Davey Todd and John McGuinness we’re notable retirements at the end of the first lap. 

Through Glen Helen on lap two and Michael Dunlop was the man on the move closing the gap to 0.47s and he had taken another tenth out of Coward as the pair reached Ballaugh. 

Dunlop was into the lead at Ramsey, reaching the  hairpin 1.7 faster than Coward to lead on the road by 1.4s and set up a thrilling chase over the mountain. Johnston was still in fourth place with Paul Jordan enjoying a hugely impressive performance in fourth. 

Coward began to eat into the lead held by Dunlop as he reached first the Bungalow and then Cronk Ny Mona, the gap now only 0.7s, but Dunlop produced a stunning final sector to cross the line and take his nineteenth TT victory by a winning margin of 1.2s. Lee Johnston was 22s further down the road in third place. 

Michael Dunlop’s final lap was 122.75mph 18:26.574mph which was seven hundredths of a second outside his own class lap record. 

Michael Dunlop 

“I didn’t think I was ever going to get in here again. I’ve been struggling with lack of track time and my injury has been holding me back. 

I lost the rear a few times and I thought I was having to push very hard. The race was good. These boys are all pushing hard to win this race. This win gives me something to be happy about. I was worried I had lost it.”

BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE RESULT

1 Michael Dunlop
2 Jamie Coward
3 Lee Johnston 
4 Paul Jordan
5 Michael Rutter
6 Stefano Bonetti
7 Gary Johnson
8 Peter Hickman 
9 Dominic Herbertson 
10 Horst Saiger 
11 James Chawke
12 Ian Lougher 
13 John Barton
14 Jonathan Perry 
15 Michal Dokoupil 
16 Shun Anderson
17 Xavier Denis
18 Jim Hodson
19 Rob Whittall
20 Darren Cooper

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Peter Hickman wins RL360 Superstock Race at the Isle Of Man TT - Road Racing Daily 6th June 2019

HICKMAN PRODUCES IMPERIOUS PERFORMANCE TO NOTCH UP FIFTH TT WIN

 

Peter Hickman claimed his second victory of the day in this afternoon’s RL360 Superstock race, to take a hat trick of wins at this year’s Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy. 

 

Smiths Racing’s Hickman produced a scintillating first sector on the run to Glen Helen to lead by 1.6s over Dean Harrison with James Hillier slotting into third place. Hickman then extended the gap to 2.3s through Ballaugh with Michael Dunlop now moving into third place. 

 

Silicone Engineering’s Harrison lost more ground to Hickman on the run to Ramsey and at the Bungalow Hickman had managed to increase the lead to 7.1s. MD Racing’s Michael Dunlop, in third place, maintained the gap to Harrison to 4.5s. 

 

With all riders taking their mandatory stop in the pits at the end of lap one, Hickman clocked a lap of 132.02mph 17:08.806s to lead by 9.02s over Harrison with Dunlop a further 4.2s down in third. All top three riders posted laps in excess of 130mph. James Hillier, who was in fourth place, received a thirty second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. 

 

Lap two at Glen Helen saw the lead cut to 5.8s with Harrison the quickest of all the leaders. Dunlop was now 11.4s behind Harrison. BMW mounted Hickman however was on the charge and began to to hammer home his advantage increasing the lead to 13.1s through the Bungalow on lap two. Crossing the line to begin the third and final lap of the race, Hickman’s advantage over Harrison was now a seemingly unassailable 16.5s.

 

Hickman kept on pressing home his advantage over Kawasaki mounted Harrison on the final lap as Dunlop was now involved in a battle for third having been overhauled into fourth place by Honda Racing’s David Johnson. 

 

On the run to Ramsey Dunlop managed to regain the position, his margin over Johnson a mere 0.5s. Hickman’s gap to Harrison was 22s through Ramsey with just the mountain section to come. 

 

As he crossed the line to take victory by 26s, Hickman clocked a lap of 131.38mph. Harrison was in second place but all eyes were on the battle for third and it was Johnson who narrowly pipped Dunlop for the final podium position, finishing 0.2s ahead of the 18-time TT winner. 

 

Peter Hickman 

 

“I don’t know what to say. The Superstock bike just works really well. It felt like I was cruising. Before the North West I hadn’t even sat on it. I had good boards everywhere and knew exactly where I was. I had a buffer so it was good not to have to push so hard to get the win.”

 

RL360 SUPERSTOCK TT RACE RESULT 

 

1 Peter Hickman

2 Dean Harrison 

3 David Johnson

4 Michael Dunlop 

5 Conor Cummins

6 Michael Rutter 

7 James Hillier 

8 Davey Todd

9 Jamie Coward

10 Gary Johnson

 

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Road Racing Daily Ben and Tom Birchall take their seventh consecutive win at the Isle Of Man TT - Road Racing Daily 6th June 2019

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR THE BIRCHALLS

 

Ben and Tom Birchall won the second Locate.im sidecar race today at the Isle Of Man TT races fuelled by Monster Energy, taking their seventh consecutive win in the class. 

 

Finishing with a winning margin of 20.5s, brothers Ben and Tom Birchall never looked in much trouble as they romped to another win around the mountain course. Their victory today now brings their tally of TT triumphs into double figures on ten wins.

 

John Holden and Lee Cain finishes in second place to take their 12th consecutive podium at the TT. The duo of Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley rounded out the podium places. 

 

Ben Brichall:

 

“To win ten TT races is a huge honour. We felt pressure out there with it being a short race but it was great to be out there entertaining the crowd. We didn’t have a great run to really go for the lap record. It’s great to get another win after a hard two weeks.”

 

LOCATE.IM SIDECAR RACE TWO RESULT

 

1 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 118.61 mph

19:05.175 

2 John Holden / Lee Cain - 117.59 mph 19:15.084

3 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley - 116.03 mph

19:30.670

4 Tim Reeves / Mark Wilkes - 113.05 mph 20:01.491

5 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde 113.20 mph

19:59.940

6 Estelle Leblond / Frank Claeys - 110.38 mph

20:30.546

7 Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney - 103.97 mph

21:46.450

8 Allan Schofield / Steve Thomas - 109.03 mph

20:45.747

9 John Lowther / Scott Hardie - 108.92 mph

20:47.079

10 Dave Molyneux / Harry Payne 104.41mph 21:40.953

 

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Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman wins Monster Energy Supersport TT - Road Racing Daily 6th June 2019

PETER HICKMAN WINS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT RACE TWO AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

 

Peter Hickman won his first Supersport TT race this afternoon at the Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy, taking his tally of wins around the mountain course to four. 

 

Benefiting from an early lap of morning practice, Hickman was up to speed very quickly taking a marginal lead at Glen Helen and springing a surprise over Dean Harrison, who by his own standards was unusually slow over the first sector. James Hillier split the pair as he slipped into second place with Harrison in third. 

 

Silicone Engineering’s Harrison found another gear through Ballaugh overhauling both Hickman and Hillier slotting into the lead. Hillier maintained second place with Smiths Racing’s Hickman now in the final podium place. Just over half a second was now covering the top three riders. 

 

As was the story in last year’s record breaking Senior TT, Hickman found another gear over the mountain section building up a 1.7s margin to lead Harrison with Kawasaki mounted Hillier in third place. 

 

Crossing the line to start the one and only flying lap of the race, Hickman led Harrison by 2.3s clocking a lap of 127.21mph with Hillier 0.961s further back. 

 

The remaining riders rounding out the top ten were, Conor Cummins 4th, Jamie Coward 5th, Gary Johnson 6th, Lee Johnston 7th, Michael Dunlop 8th, Davey Todd 9th, Paul Jordan 10th. 

 

By Glen Helen on lap 2 Harrison had managed to retake the lead by a margin of 0.54s with Hillier now falling back 3.1s down the road. At Ballaugh however it was Hickman who led by 0.3s setting up a nail biting climax to the two lap race. The gap remained the same at Ramsey but the mountain section was to come. 

 

On the run to the Bungalow Hickman increased the gap to 0.9s and by the time he reached Cronk Ny Mona he has a cushion of 1.9s over Harrison. 

 

Hickman crossed the line to take the race win by 3.3s winning his fourth TT victory and lapping at 128.14mph 17:39.992s. Harrison’s last lap was 128.02mph 17:40.990s and third places Hillier lapped at 127.59mph 17:44.583s. 

 

Peter Hickman 

 

“We’ve been trying so hard to win a 600 race at the TT. The extra practice lap on the Superbike this morning really helped me out to get going. That’s only my sixth lap on the bike over the fortnight. Really happy to get the win.”

 

1 Peter Hickman 128.14mph

2 Dean Harrison 128.02mph

3 James Hillier 127.59mph

4 Conor Cummins 127.21mph

5 Jamie Coward 126.89mph

6 Michael Dunlop 125.42mph

7 Davey Todd 125.69mph

8 Gary Johnson 125.79mph

9 Lee Johnston 125.67mph

10 David Johnson 124.76mph

 

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Road Racing Daily Road Racing Daily 5th June 2019 - Isle Of Man TT organisers plan five races in one day

ISLE OF MAN TT:  FIVE RACES PLANNED FOR THURSDAY FOLLOWING ANOTHER WEATHER WASHOUT

 

Isle Of Man TT organisers announced that Thursday’s schedule would allocate for an unprecedented five races following a further day’s action being cancelled due to wet roads around the mountain course. 

 

This year’s TT has been beset by weather difficulties and with time running out, the hope tomorrow is to run the Supersport, Sidecar, Superstock, Lightweight and TT Zero races. 

 

The downside of running so many races means that all classes, with the exception of the TT Zero class, will have their race shortened. 

 

PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY 6TH JUNE 

 

10:45 Mountain Road closes 

11:30 Rest of the course closes

11:50 Senior / Superstock qualifying 

12:45 Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 (2 laps)

13:50 Locate.im Sidecar Race 2 (2 laps)

14:55 RL360 Superstock Race (3 laps)

17:00 All roads open except Mountain Road

18:00 All roads closed 

18:30 Bennett’s Lightweight TT Race (2 laps)

19:20 SES TT Zero (1 lap)

20:00 Senior Qualifying 

21:30 All roads open except Mountain Road 

22:30 All roads open 

 

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Road Racing Daily Revised schedule for 2019 Isle Of Man TT - Road Racing Daily

REVISED SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ACTION AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

 

Tuesday 4th June - 2019

 

Following the cancellation of Tuesday’s schedule due to poor weather conditions around the mountain course, Isle Of Man TT organisers have revealed their programme for Wednesday and Thursday which sees the inclusion of four races and multiple sessions of much needed qualifying. 

 

The second Monster Energy Supersport race gets underway at 10:45am tomorrow and will be followed by the Bennett’s Lightweight TT race. 

 

Thursday brings us the RL360 Superstock TT race, won last year by Peter Hickman, and the SES TT Zero race. 

 

WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE

 

09:15: Mountain road closes

10:00: Rest of the course closes

10:45: Monster Energy Supersport Race 2

12:40: Sidecar qualifying 

14:15: Bennett’s Lightweight TT race 

15:55: Sidecar qualifying

16:10: TT Zero qualifying

17:00: All roads open except mountain road

18:00: All roads closed

18:30: Senior qualifying 

19:35: Sidecar qualifying

20:50: All roads open except mountain road

21:50: All roads open 

 

THURSDAY 6TH JUNE

 

10:45: Mountain road closes

11:30: Rest of the course closes

12:15: RL360 Superstock TT race

14:10: Sidecar qualifying 

15:00: SES TT Zero race

15:45: Senior qualifying

16:55: All roads open except mountain road

17:55: All roads open 

 

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Road Racing Daily Lee Johnston seals maiden win at the Isle Of Man TT

LEE JOHNSTON TAKES MAIDEN WIN AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

Lee Johnston secured his maiden victory at the Isle of Man TT winning this evening’s weather shortened Monster Energy Supersport race. 

James Hillier, on the Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki, made the early running over the run to Ballaugh as he built up a lead of 1.6s over Lee Johnston with Gary Johnson vaulting into third place, a further second back. 

Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston posted the fastest sector time on the run to Ramsey, closing the gap to Hillier to 1s and by the time he reached the Bungalow he was leading by 1.7s. Peter Hickman was moving steadily along and had overhauled Gary Johnson to slot into third on the run up the mountain. 

On the descent from the mountain section to the Grandstand Johnston increased his lead again and crossed the line to complete lap one to lead Hillier by 1.98s and clock a standing start lap of 126.03mph. Hillier managed to lap at 125.80mph with Hickman lapping at 125.57mph onboard the Smiths Racing Trooper Triumph. 

The top ten at the end of the first lap read as, Lee Johnston, James Hillier, Peter Hickman, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins, Jamie Coward, Davey Todd and Ian Hutchinson. 

Lap two saw Lee Johnston increase his lead through Glen Helen to 3.9s and maintain that lead through Ballaugh. Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop overhauled Gary Johnson who dropped down to sixth. 

With rain now falling on the west of the island Hillier managed to close the gap to 0.757s through Ramsey but on the run up the mountain Lee Johnston posted a fastest overall sector time to increase the lead to 1.8s and extend that lead to 2.7s at Cronk Ny Mona. 

As the riders expected to enter gasoline alley for their allocated pitstop they were met instead with the chequered flag as race control righty called a halt to the race citing inclement weather as the cause. 

So it was Johnston who sealed his maiden Isle Of Man TT victory by a margin of 3.64s and clicking a fastest lap of 126.87mph. Hillier was in second place with Peter Hickman in third. 

The Fermanagh man, who was visibly overjoyed and emotional upon dismounting his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha R6 machine in parc fermé had this to say:

“I’m crying like a girl. This place is so weird. Everything just clicked. I knew if I could keep Peter in sight I’d do ok.

I could see the rain on my screen and visor but I just had to crack on. This means so much to me and the team. This is what we do it for, It’s something I have always wanted to do. There’s one person who isn’t here but I hope he’s looking down and smiling.”

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT TT RACE ONE RESULT

1 Lee Johnston
2 James Hillier
3 Peter Hickman 
4 Dean Harrison
5 Michael Dunlop
6 Conor Cummins
7 Gary Johnson
8 Jamie Coward 
9 Davey Todd
10 Ian Hutchinson
11 Derek Sheils
12 Paul Jordan
13 Dominic Herbertson
14 David Johnson
15 Michael Sweeney
16 Sam West
17 John McGuinness 
18 Xavier Denis
19 Horst Saiger
20 Mike Browne

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Road Racing Daily Birchall Brothers take sixth consecutive victory at the Isle Of Man TT

BEN AND TOM BIRCHALL TAKE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SIDECAR TT RACE WIN IN NEW RACE RECORD

 

Ben and Tom Birchall took a dominant victory in Monday’s Locate.im Sidecar TT Race at the 2019 Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, as they swept to victory by 48.116s from John Holden/Lee Cain with Alan Founds/Jake Lowther completing the podium in third.

 

With a new race record of 57:24.005 (118.317mph), it was the sixth win in a row for the Birchall brothers and ninth in total as Tom became the most successful passenger in TT history bettering the previous best of eight wins he had jointly held with Rick Long and Dan Sayle.

 

The Birchalls set the pace through Glen Helen on the opening lap with their advantage over Holden/Cain some 4.1s as Pete Founds/Jevan Walmlsey slotted into third a further 5.8s in arrears. They were only 0.362s ahead of Founds/Lowther though as Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney rounded out the top six.

 

However, the race saw two big name retirements early on as Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes only got as far as the Bottom of Bray Hill with Dave Molyneux/Harry Payne not faring much better as they retired at Braddan Bridge.

 

By Ramsey, the Birchalls had increased their lead and the gap to Holden/Cain was now 8.7s but the battle for third was a lot closer and it was Founds/Lowther who were now in third just 0.588s ahead of Founds/Walmsley, the duo now almost 12 seconds adrift of Holden/Cain. Blackstock/Rosney had moved up to fifth with newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe running in a brilliant sixth place.

 

At the head of the field, an opening lap of 117.709mph gave the Birchalls a lead over Holden/Cain of 14.904s who were in turn more than 15 seconds clear of the battle for third that continued to rage. It was Founds/Lowther who continued to hold onto the final podium position though with the gap to Founds/Walmsley having increased slightly to 1.687s.

 

The big news came in fifth place though as the Crowe brothers lapped at 112.56mph to become the fastest sidecar newcomers ever, bettering the mark of 112.031mph set by Tim Reeves in 2008. Blackstock/Rosney slotted into sixth.

 

By Glen Helen on lap two, the Birchalls extended their lead further with their advantage over Holden/Cain now at a more than healthy 21.3s whilst Founds/Lowther remained in third albeit almost 18s in arrears. Pete Founds, Crowe and Blackstock continued to occupy fourth to sixth.

 

Throughout lap two, the Birchalls were on lap record pace and at Ramsey Hairpin they were over seven seconds inside their record from twelve months ago. However, the wind over the Mountain appeared to have slowed their progress although a lap of 119.129mph was only a second outside their outright lap record.

 

Holden/Cain lapped at 117.01mph to remain in third but Founds/Lowther and Founds/Walmsley both set personal best laps of the Mountain Course as they lapped at 116.22mph and 115.77mph respectively. The gap between the two was now 6.2s and although they remained in fifth, the Crowe brothers went quicker still second time around with a lap of 113.53mph.

 

On the third and final lap, the Birchalls continued to extend their lead through the timing points and they duly crossed the line at 118.12mph to win from Holden/Cain by 48.116s.

 

Founds/Lowther took their second TT podium, and first since 2016, as they edged out Founds/Walmsley by just 5.5s, the duo both lapping quicker than the previous lap at 116.37mph and 116.44mph respectively.

 

Ryan and Callum Crowe took a brilliant fifth place ahead of Blackstock/Rosney as Bryan/Hyde, Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle, Allan Schofield/Steve Thomas and the father and son pairing of Gary and Daryl Gibson completed the top ten. 

 

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Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman wins RST Superbike TT

PETER HICKMAN WINS RED FLAGGED RST SUPERBIKE RACE AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

 

Peter Hickman was declared winner of today’s RST Superbike TT following a red flag incident at Snugbourough. 

 

As the race began it was Dean Harrison who took the lead at Glen Helen enjoying a 1.2s margin over Smiths Racing’s Hickman with James Hillier third quickest through the first timing sector. By Ramsey the gap had widened slightly to 1.4s and Manx rider Conor Cummins had leapfrogged Hillier into third place. 

 

Harrison crossed the line to complete lap one and post the fastest lap of the week clocking 132.48mph from a standing start; the Silicone Engineering rider still maintaining that narrow lead over Hickman in second place, who managed a 132.34mph lap. 

 

Cummins remained in third, with Hillier and Michael Dunlop making up the top five. 

 

At Glen Helen on lap two there was no change in the top three with Harrison still leading but on the run to Ballaugh the Kawasaki mounted rider produced a stunning sector to increase his gap over Hickman to 4.8s. Not to be outdone, Hickman responded and as both men went through the Bungalow the gap was a mere 0.45s; setting up another nail-biting finish in prospect in scenes reminiscent of last year’s record breaking Senior TT. 

 

As the leaders entered Gasoline Alley for their one and only pit-stop, Hickman had overhauled Harrison to take the lead in the race for the first time clocking a lap of 132.57mph on his BMW S1000RR.

 

However, following the red flag incident the decision was made to call the race a result, and as Hickman had crossed the line in the lead he was declared the winner and took his third TT victory around the mountain course. 

 

Peter Hickman:

 

“You never quite feel like you‘ve won a shortened race but I just want to whoever has been involved in the incident of be ok. 

 

It’s been a tough week with lack of practice and following an issue with the Superbike yesterday we opted to run a Superstock / Superbike hybrid today and it worked really well. I’m happy for the team and for BMW.”

 

RST SUPERBIKE RESULT

 

1 Peter Hickman 

2 Dean Harrison

3 Conor Cummins

4 James Hillier

5 Michael Rutter

6 Michael Dunlop

7 David Johnson

8 Jamie Coward

9 Gary Johnson

10 Davey Todd 

 

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Road Racing Daily Racing scheduled to begin at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

RACING SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY ON MONDAY AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

 

Racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy with roads closing at 9:15am. 

 

First up is the RST Superbike Race which is set to begin at 10:45 and will be reduced from the usual six laps to four. Following the Superbike TT will be the first of two three lap Locate.im Sidecar races. There will then be two laps of Lightweight qualifying and one lap of TT Zero qualifying. 

 

A period of roads opening (16:50-18:00) will follow before roads close to allow the running of the first of two four lap Monster Energy Supersport races. Roads will then reopen at 21:15. 

 

The full schedule for Monday 3 June is as follows:

- 09.15: Mountain Course closed Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow

- 09:30: Mountain Course closed Bungalow to Creg ny Baa

- 10.00: Rest of the TT Course closed

- 10.45: RST Superbike Race (4 laps)

- 13.00: Locate.im Sidecar TT Race (3 laps)

- 15.00: Lightweight qualifying (2 laps)

- 15.55: TT Zero qualifying (1 lap)

- 16.50: All roads open except Mountain section (Barrule Park to Cronk Ny Mona)

- 18.00: All roads closed around Course

- 18.30: Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (4 laps)

- 20.15: Roads open except Mountain section

- 21.15: All roads open around the Course

 

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Road Racing Daily John Holden and Lee Cain pictured at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

ISLE OF MAN TT PRACTICE RESULTS (TOP 10) - SUNDAY 2ND JUNE

SIDECAR

1 John Holden / Lee Cain - 114.99mph
2 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 114.93mph
3 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley - 114.40mph
4 Alan Founds / Jake Lowther - 112.35mph
5 Dave Molyneux / Harry Payne - 109.43mph
6 Conrad Harrison / Andrew Winkle - 109.24mph
7 Allan Schofield / Steve Thomas - 107.77mph
8 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde - 107.72mph
9 Estelle Leblond / Frank Claeys - 106.96mph
10 Gary Gibson / Daryl Gibson - 104.66mph

SUPERSTOCK 

1 Peter Hickman - 128.50mph
2 Conor Cummins - 127.17mph
3 Gary Johnson - 124.97mph
4 James Hillier - 124.33mph
5 Michael Rutter - 123.53mph
6 Rob Hodson - 123.39mph
7 Davey Todd - 122.94mph
8 Horst Saiger - 121.30mph
9 Derek McGee - 120.98mph
10 Philip Crowe - 119.85mph

SUPERBIKE

1 Conor Cummins - 118.92mph
2 Dean Harrison - 128.29mph
3 David Johnson - 128.24mph
4 Michael Rutter - 127.55mph
5 Jamie Coward - 127.22mph
6 James Hillier - 125.36mph
7 Peter Hickman - 125.04mph
8 Sam West - 124.96mph
9 John McGuinness - 124.72mph
10 Brian McCormack - 124.33mph

SUPERSPORT 

1 Lee Johnston - 122.93mph
2 Gary Johnson - 122.59mph
3 James Hillier - 122.02mph
4 Jamie Coward - 121.33mph
5 Dean Harrison - 121.17mph
6 Ian Hutchinson - 121.13mph
7 Paul Jordan - 120.48mph
8 David Johnson - 120.35mph
9 Derek McGee - 119.64mph
10 Derek Sheils - 119.58mph

TT ZERO

1 Michael Rutter - 117.16mph
2 Ian Lougher - 95.36mph

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Road Racing Daily Lee Johnston pictured at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

WEATHER CLEARS AND ACTION RECOMMENCES AT ISLE OF MAN TT AS CUMMINS TOPS SUPERBIKE TIMES: SUNDAY QUALIFYING REPORT

Having had the majority of the first week’s session nullified by poor weather conditions around the mountain course, organisers and competitors were hoping for a clear window to appear and after a short delay to allow roads to dry and the mist on the mountain to clear, the third session of this year’s TT got underway. 

First out were the sidecars and it was the Silicone Barnes Racing Honda duo of John Holden and Lee Cain who set the pace and topped the timesheets with a lap of 114.99mph, an almost identical lap to their effort from Tuesday evening’s session. 

The outright sidecar lap record holders Ben and Tom Birchall lapped at 114.93mph to finish second overall and set up what promises to be a great battle between the leading teams. Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley finished third overall with a lap of 114.40mph. Tuesday night’s sidecar sensations Ryan and Callum Crowe suffered misfortune as they stopped their Triumph machine at Snugborough. 

When the solos set off roads were dry around the 37.73 mile course but over the mountain high winds were still present, but that didn’t do much to slow the leading riders down. 

Manx rider Conor Cummins set the pace in the Superbike class onboard the Milenco by Padgetts Honda, clocking the quickest lap of the session at 128.92mph. Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison was second quickest at 128.29mph with Honda Racing’s David Johnson in third place posting a lap of 128.24mph. Michael Rutter (127.55mph) and Jamie Coward (127.22mph) rounded out the top five. 

Michael Dunlop was a notable retirement on lap one of this afternoon’s session when he pulled his Tyco BMW Superbike in on the mountain section of the course resulting in the 18-time TT winner missing the remainder of the day’s action. 

Peter Hickman was the man on the move in the Superstock class onboard the Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR. His opening lap of 128.50mph was good enough to top the timesheets but the outright lap record holder looked set to clock the quickest lap of the week on his second lap posting the fastest sector times to Ramsey and doing a 130mph lap from Bungalow to Bungalow. However he coasted across the line losing time and ended up with a lap of 126.82mph. 

Conor Cummins was next quickest (127.17mph) with Gary Johnson in third spot (124.97mph). James Hillier (124.33mph) and Michael Rutter (123.53mph) rounded out the top five. 

Today was a chance for the Supersport machines to get another airing and Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston proved to be the quickest rider as the Fermanagh man lapped his Yamaha R6 at 122.93mph displacing long time leader Gary Johnson who managed a 122.59 on his Triumph machine. 

James Hillier (122.02mph) and Jamie Coward (121.33mph), both enjoying good showings this afternoon, finished in fourth and fifth place respectively as last year’s Supersport race 2 winner Dean Harrison (121.17mph) finished the session in fifth. 

TT Zero machines finally managed to get out for their first taste of action at TT 2019 and last year’s race winner and class lap record holder Michael Rutter went quickest on the Mugen lapping at 117.16mph with Ian Lougher (95.36mph) in second place. 

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Road Racing Daily Opening race day of 2019 Isle Of Man TT postponed due ticket poor weather

OPENING RACE DAY AT TT2019 POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF QUALIFYING TIME

Thursday 30th May 2019

TT Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson has confirmed that due to the amount of qualifying time already lost due to bad weather this week, the first TT Race day, originally scheduled for Saturday 1st June, will now take place on Sunday 2nd June with Saturday 1st June becoming an additional day of qualifying.

The revised schedule for the weekend is as follows:

SATURDAY 1st JUNE 2019

10.15: Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow closed

10.30: Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa closed

11.00: Rest of the TT Course closed

11.40: Superbike/ Superstock/ Supersport/ Newcomers (except Lightweight)

13.10: Sidecar qualifying

14.50: Supersport/ Lightweight/ All Newcomers

15.45: Sidecar qualifying (1 lap)

16.10: Superbike/ Superstock (1 lap)

16.30: TT Zero (1 lap)

17.30: Roads open except Mountain section

18.30: All roads open around the Course

SUNDAY 2ND JUNE

12.00: Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow closed

12.15: Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa closed

12.45: Rest of the TT course closed

13.30: RST Superbike Race

15.50: Locate.im Sidecar TT Race

17.30: Roads open except Mountain section

18.30: All Roads open

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Road Racing Daily Ben and Tom Birchall pictured at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

HOLDEN / CAIN LAY DOWN SIDECAR MARKER IN TUESDAY EVENING’S QUALIFYING SESSION AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT 

The sidecar pairing of John Holden and Lee Cain got their 2019 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy campaign off to a great start as the headed the time sheets following Tuesday evening’s qualifying session. 

The Formula Two Sidecars set off shortly after 8pm and immediately it was the team’s of Holden/Cain and the Birchall brothers who made all the early running as they shared the fastest sector times in the early stages of lap one. 

Eventually however Holden / Cain broke free and posted a superb opening lap of 114.99mph going comfortably quicker than the next pairing of Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley (112.90mph). Alan Founds / Jake Lowther and Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney finished third and fourth respectively. The Birchalls slowed towards the end of the lap slotting into fifth position. 

Dave Molyneux / Harry Payne retired at Laurel Bank and Tim Reeves / Mark Wilkes suffered issues and were forced to stop in order to make some adjustments. 

The surprise package of the evening came in the form of newcomers newcomers Ryan and Callum Crowe. Sons of former five-time TT winner Nick Crowe, Ryan and Callum lapped the famous mountain course at 109.76mph

On the second lap of the evening Founds and Walmsley I proved on their previous lap going at 114.40mph to consolidate second place overall. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes managed to lap at 112.35mph after solving their issues. 

SIDECAR 

1 John Holden / Lee Cain 114.99 mph
2 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley 114.40 mph
3 Alan Founds / Jake Lowther - 112.35 mph
4 Tim Reeves / Mark Wilkes - 112.29 mph
5 Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney - 111.80 mph
6 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 111.55 mph
7 Ryan Crowe / Callum Crowe- 109.76 mph
8 Conrad Harrison / Andrew Winkle - 108.95 mph
9 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde - 108.54 mph
10 Estelle Leblond / Frank Claeys - 108.38 mph
11 Allan Schofield / Steve Thomas - 107.88 mph
12 Darren Hope / Paul Bumfrey - 105.68 mph
13 John Saunders / James Saunders - 105.53 mph
14 John Lowther / Scott Hardie - 105.14 mph
15 Craig Melvin / Stuart Christian - 105.02 mph
16 Gregory Lambert / Ben McBride - 104.97 mph
17 Wayne Lockey / Mark Sayers - 104.32 mph
18 Mick Alton / Stephen Bonney - 104.20 mph
19 Gary Knight / Daniel Evanson- 104.16 mph
20 Steve Ramsden - 102.68 mph

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Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop pictured on the Tyco BMW at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

ISLE OF MAN TT - TUESDAY PRACTICE TIMES (TOP 20 ONLY)

SUPERSPORT 

1. Peter Hickman - 123.92mph
2. Derek McGee - 122.04mph
3. Lee Johnston - 121.38mph
4. John McGuinness - 119.93
5. Paul Jordan - 118.88mph
6. Dominic Herbertson - 118.35mph
7. Mike Browne - 118.29mph
8. Dan Cooper - 118.93mph
9. Barry Lee Evans - 117.71mph
10. James Chawke - 117.58mph
11. Forest Dunn - 117.51mph
12. Darren Cooper - 117.48mph
13. Rob Hodson - 117.38mph
14. Michael Sweeney - 117.38mph
15. Tom Weeden - 117.16mph
16. Michal Dokoupil - 117.0mph
17. James Corcoran - 116.97mph
18. Xavier Denis - 116.74mph
19. Horst Saiger - 116.65mph
20. Jim Hodson - 115.81mph

SUPERSTOCK

1. Dean Harrison - 129.34mph
2. David Johnson - 126.63mph
3. Sam West - 124.89mph
4. Lee Johnston - 124.49mph
5. Michael Dunlop - 124.11mph
6. Daley Mathison - 124.09mph
7. Peter Hickman - 123.08mph
8. Derek Sheils - 122.78mph
9. Michael Rutter - 122.42mph
10. Davey Todd - 122.19mph
11. James Hillier - 121.11mph
12. Horst Saiger - 102.08mph
13. Rhys Hardisty - 118.00mph
14. Gary Johnson - 117.96mph

SUPERBIKE

1 Dean Harrison - 129.53 mph
2 Conor Cummins - 128.09 mph
3 James Hillier - 128.07 mph
4 Michael Dunlop - 126.93 mph
5 Michael Rutter - 126.48 mph
6 Jamie Coward - 126.39 mph
7 David Johnson - 126.19 mph
8 Philip Crowe - 125.52 mph
9 Ian Hutchinson - 125.39 mph
10 Daley Mathison - 125.17 mph
11 Stefano Bonetti 124.48 mph
12 Derek McGee - 124.40 mph
13 Davey Todd - 124.29 mph
14 Brian McCormack - 124.18 mph
15 John McGuinness - 123.73 mph
16 Rob Hodson 122.89 mph
17 Jay Lawrence - 122.56 mph
18 Derek Sheils - 122.33 mph
19 Paul Jordan - 122.19 mph
20 David Jackson - 121.78 mph

SIDECAR 

1 John Holden / Lee Cain 114.99 mph
2 Peter Founds / Jevan Walmsley 114.40 mph
3 Alan Founds / Jake Lowther - 112.35 mph
4 Tim Reeves / Mark Wilkes - 112.29 mph
5 Lewis Blackstock / Patrick Rosney - 111.80 mph
6 Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall - 111.55 mph
7 Ryan Crowe / Callum Crowe- 109.76 mph
8 Conrad Harrison / Andrew Winkle - 108.95 mph
9 Gary Bryan / Philip Hyde - 108.54 mph
10 Estelle Leblond / Frank Claeys - 108.38 mph
11 Allan Schofield / Steve Thomas - 107.88 mph
12 Darren Hope / Paul Bumfrey - 105.68 mph
13 John Saunders / James Saunders - 105.53 mph
14 John Lowther / Scott Hardie - 105.14 mph
15 Craig Melvin / Stuart Christian - 105.02 mph
16 Gregory Lambert / Ben McBride - 104.97 mph
17 Wayne Lockey / Mark Sayers - 104.32 mph
18 Mick Alton / Stephen Bonney - 104.20 mph
19 Gary Knight / Daniel Evanson- 104.16 mph
20 Steve Ramsden - 102.68 mph

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Road Racing Daily Dean Harrison goes quickest overall at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

DEAN HARRISON POSTS QUICKEST LAP OF THE WEEK DURING TUESDAY QUALIFYING AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT 

 

Tonight’s qualifying session at the 2019 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy got underway after a short delay and Manxman Conor Cummins set the initial pace onboard the Milenco by Padgetts Honda posting a lap of 128.09 mph. Michael Dunlop was next fastest with Dean Harrison in third by the end of the first lap. 

 

On lap 2 Cummins was on a flyer and visibly quicker than his previous effort but he was black flagged when his machine was reported to be spouting black smoke, a claim refuted by Cummins himself. That curtailed the Ramsey man’s efforts and he pitted at the end of the lap. 

 

Towards the end of the session Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop were on flying laps and it was Dean Harrison who went quickest overall as he crossed the line posting a lap just shy of the 130mph mark (129.53mph). That put his Kawasaki machine on top of the qualifying table. 

 

Not to be outdone, Michael Dunlop, onboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR, was behind Harrison on the road and was going inside of Harrison’s sector times matching the Bradford man all the way around the fabled mountain course. However, the 18-time TT winner seemed to deliberately slow on the run towards the grandstand and lost thirty seconds which resulted in a 4th place finish on the time sheets. The pace does seem to be there if the Ballymoney man needs it. 

 

In the Superstock session it was Harrison who once more headed the the time sheets with a lap of 129.34mph. Honda Racing’s David Johnson was in second place and Sam West was third fastest. 

 

It was a night of mixed emotions for Peter Hickman as the world’s fastest road racer was forced to dismount his Smiths Racing Superstock machine at Quarterbridge on the opening lap of the evening and make his way back to the paddock. Hickman decided to go out on the Trooper Triumph and that was a good decision as he went fastest of the evening in the Supersport class with a lap of 123.92mph. 

 

But Hickman’s misfortune wasn’t over as he was forced to call a halt to his night’s qualifying session when he pulled in on the Superbike at Kirkmichael. Derek McGee was second fastest in the 600 session and Lee Johnston was third. 

 

(Sidecar report to follow)

 

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Road Racing Daily Poor weather halts Monday practice at the Isle Of Man TT

POOR WEATHER HALTS MONDAY PRACTICE AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT

Poor weather has called a halt to tonight’s planned practice session at the Isle Of Man TT. 

“This evening's qualifying session has been cancelled due to poor weather. This evening's schedule will be transferred to tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s planned schedule is now:

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 20:00 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport /Newcomers (except Lightweight)
20:05 - 20:50 - Sidecars
21:30 - Roads Open

Photo by Dave Kneen.

Road Racing Daily Dean Harrison goes quickest in first qualifying session of 2019 Isle Of Man TT

DEAN HARRISON AND JAMIE COWARD TOP TT TIME TABLES AFTER OPENING QUALIFYING SESSION 

Dean Harrison announced his arrival at this year’s Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy with a series of blisteringly fast times in today’s Supersport qualifying session. 

The Silicone Engineering rider was immediately on the pace posting a first flying lap of 124.39mph. By the end of the session, and on his sixth lap of the afternoon, Harrison produced a lap of 126.09mph to record the fastest overall lap of the day. 

With riders citing high winds over the mountain section of the course, the testing conditions weren’t doing much to dull their efforts as the lap times steadily fell throughout the afternoon’s session. 

Michael Dunlop, lap record holder in the Supersport class, was the next fastest rider posting a lap of 123.90mph on the MD Racing Honda. Manx rider Conor Cummins was close behind on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda with a lap of 123.71mph produced on his final lap of the day. 

Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward was fourth quickest at 123.19mph with North West 200 Superstock winner James Hillier finishing the session fifth quickest (121.90mph). 

In the Lightweight class, Jamie Coward continued the pace he showed at the North West 200 as he topped the leader board with a fastest lap of 119.96mph. The Englishman was comfortably quicker than second quickest man, Michael Dunlop. 

Dunlop, onboard his record breaking Paton machine, had looked to at least match Coward’s fastest time but the 18-time TT winner lost upwards of eleven seconds between Ballaugh and Ramsey and crossed the line to post a best lap of 118.52mph. 

RC Express rider Paul Jordan was in fine form going third quickest overall on his Kawasaki machine with a lap of 117.45mph. Last year’s runner up Derek McGee was fourth fastest lapping at 116.19mph onboard his KMR Kawasaki. Rounding out the top five was North West 200 Supertwins winner Stefano Bonetti (116.19mph) onboard the Paton. 

Newcomer Daniel Mettam was airlifted to hospital following an accident at the Black Hut but his condition was not reported to be serious. 

Today’s practice times will be posted soon in full on our website.

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Road Racing Daily Opening session times from the 2019 Isle Of Man TT

TIMES FROM TODAYS ISLE OF MAN TT QUALIFYING SESSION

 

SUPERSPORT

 

1. Dean Harrison - 17:57.196

2. Michael Dunlop - 18:16.276    

3. Conor Cummins - 18:17.920

4. Jamie Coward - 18:22.608

5. James Hillier - 18:25.077    

6. Gary Johnson - 18:28.374    

7. Lee Johnston - 18:32.922    

8. Davey Todd - 18:34.510    

9. Sam West - 18:42.218    

10. Derek McGee - 18:42.495    

11. Michael Evans - 18:46.838    

12. Ian Hutchinson - 18:47.756    

13. John McGuinness - 18:53.099    

14. David Johnson - 18:55.336    

15. Horst Saiger - 19:00.814    

16. Daniel Cooper - 19:02.107    

17. Philip Crowe - 19:02.176    

18. Charles Rhys Hardisty - 19:09.818    

19. Forest Dunn - 19:14.433    

20. Matt Stevenson - 19:15.493    

21. Xavier Denis - 19:15.855    

22. Tom Weeden - 19:17.203    

23. Julian Trummer - 19:22.954    

24. Richard Charlton - 19:24.082    

25. Davy Morgan - 19:24.325    

26. Michael Sweeney - 19:25.655    

27. James Chawke - 19:25.935    

28. Jason Corcoran - 19:26.381    

29. Dominic Herbertson - 19:27.110    

30. Joe Akroyd - 19:28.732    

31. Mike Booth - 19:31.842    

32. Jim Hodson - 19:34.433    

33. Frank Gallagher - 19:34.628    

34. Adrian Harrison - 19:35.159    

35. Morgan Govignon - 19:39.844    

36. Mike Browne - 19:42.913    

37. Mike Norbury - 19:44.456    

38. Darren Cooper - 19:47.122    

39. David Hewson - 19:48.663    

40. Rob Whittall - 19:50.305    

41. Mark Parrett - 19:52.236    

42. Paul Jordan - 19:55.480    

43. Richard Wilson - 19:56.841    

44. Matt Mylchreest - 20:01.096    

45. Rob Hodson - 20:07.889    

46. Justin Collins - 20:11.527    

47. Matthew Rees - 20:11.646    

48. Masayuki Yamanaka - 20:14.754    

49. Josh Daley - 20:14.821    

50. Sam Johnson - 20:23.940    

51. Raymond Casey - 20:28.580    

52. Dave Moffitt - 20:30.320    

53. Emmett Burke - 20:33.974    

54. Nicolas Pautet - 20:39.315    

55. Jonathan Goetschy - 20:59.843    

56. David Datzer - 22:32.967    

57. Timothee Monot - 41:58.705    

58. David Jackson - 19:39.853    

59. Daley Mathison - 19:13.089    

60. Barry Furber - 20:34.643

61. Daniel Mettam - 20:25.830    

62. Miroslav Sloboda - 20:12.211    

DNF Brian McCormack

DNF Raul Torras Martinez

DNF Allann Venter

 

LIGHTWEIGHT

 

1. Jamie Coward - 18:52.240    

2. Michael Dunlop - 19:05.997    

3. Paul Jordan - 19:16.428    

4. Derek McGee - 19:29.012    

5. Stefano Bonetti - 19:30.757    

6. Gary Johnson - 19:32.928    

7. Paul Potchy Williams - 19:36.769    

8. Ian Lougher - 19:40.072    

9. Horst Saiger - 19:41.495    

10. Rob Hodson - 19:42.779    

11. James Chawke - 19:49.340    

12. Dominic Herbertson - 19:49.368    

13. Lee Johnston - 19:50.894    

14. Daniel Cooper - 19:53.740    

15. Michael Rutter - 19:55.660    

16. Michael Sweeney - 19:59.984    

17. John Barton - 20:00.818    

18. Daley Mathison - 20:05.835    

19. Darren Cooper - 20:10.187    

20. Jonathan Perry - 20:16.726    

21. Rob Whittall - 20:20.980    

22. Anthony Redmond - 20:21.515    

23. Shaun Anderson - 20:29.804    

24. Masayuki Yamanaka - 20:40.173    

25. Maria Costello - 20:41.533    

26. Xavier Denis - 20:50.232    

27. David Madsen-Mygdal - 20:59.222    

28. Michal Dokoupil - 21:01.787    

29. Jim Hodson - 21:14.130    

30. Dave Moffitt - 21:14.949    

31. Miroslav Sloboda - 21:45.502    

32. Nicolas Pautet - 21:49.381    

33. Davey Todd - 22:03.072    

34. George Spence - 22:48.074    

35. John McGuinness - 20:15.209    

36. Allann Venter - 29:08.984    

37. Matthew Rees - 30:22.320    

38. Barry Lee Evans - 20:45.946

 
Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop on the Tyco BMW at the 2018 Isle Of Man TT

2019 ISLE OF MAN TT PREVIEW

 

The 2019 Isle Of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy bursts into life on Saturday evening, and with the world’s best road racers ready to tackle the famous mountain course, the stage is set for a thrilling spectacle of road racing. 

 

Leading the way is outright lap record holder Peter Hickman who last year played his part in one of the most nail-biting Senior TT’s in recent memory. Now a two-time TT winner, the Smiths Racing rider will start as the man to beat. 

 

Silicone Engineering’s Dean Harrison has started this season is fine form both on the roads and in BSB. The English rider was the other protagonist involved in last year’s record breaking Senior TT, and over the course of the last few seasons has established himself as one of the leading contenders for roads honours.

 

Michael Dunlop made his return to roads competition at the North West 200 and although experiencing some issues with his machinery, the 18-time TT winner posted some strong times and was immediately running at the sharp end. Now enjoying his second year with Tyco BMW and getting to grips with the latest incarnation of the German marque’s all conquering S1000RR, Dunlop is a man few would bet against when considering potential TT winners. 

 

James Hillier had a successful start to his 2019 roads season with a thrilling victory in last Saturday’s North West 200 Superstock race. The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider looked razor sharp around the Triangle en route to securing the ‘Man of the Meeting’ award. If he can transfer that form across to the island then he will be in the running for honours. 

 

Manx rider Conor Cummins took third place in last year’s record breaking Senior TT. Remaining with the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles team for 2019, Cummins has every chance of repeating last year’s success. 

 

All eyes will be fixed on the duo of Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness to see how the TT legends fair as they continue to fight back from injury. Race wins may be out of the question this time around for the Honda and Norton mounted riders, but their progress will be keenly watched by every fan lining the course. 

 

Last year’s surprise package at the TT was Davey Todd. Then riding for John Burrows, Todd set a searing pace on his way to securing the fastest newcomer award. This time around the Englishman has switched outfits to the Penz13.com team on BMW Machinery for the Superbike and Superstock classes and will also ride for Padgett’s in the Supersport class and for Norton in the Lightweight race. 

 

Australian David Johnson had a difficult North West 200 but will be keen to build on the progress he has made on the island. The Honda rider will be looking to better his best finish of 4th place and secure a maiden TT podium. 

 

Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston looked to be back to his best at the North West taking a deserved victory in the event’s first Supersport Race. Johnston showed that his troubles of the last few seasons are now over and will be one to consider for the Monster Energy Supersport TT Races. 

 

Multiple Irish roads champion Derek McGee has been in scintillating form this season and after having secured a maiden TT podium in last year’s Bennetts Lightweight race, the Mullingar rider will be looking to go one better this time around onboard his KMR backed Kawasaki twin machine. 

 

Veteran Michael Rutter returns to the TT with Bathams Racing onboard BMW and Honda machinery. Rutter will be utilising the thunderously sounding Honda RC213V-S in the RST Superbike and Dunlop Senior races but perhaps his best chance of success will come in the TT Zero and Lightweight classes where he’ll be riding for Mugen and KMR Kawasaki respectively.

 

Gary Johnson had to fight through the pain barrier at the North West 200 after sustaining a leg injury at Oulton Park, but hopefully the two-time TT winner and RAF Regular & Reserve team rider can be on song when racing gets underway. 

 

Prez Racing’s Jamie Coward has looked very quick so far this season, especially in the Lightweight class at the North West 200 so all eyes will be fixed on the Englishman to see how he fairs in practice. 

 

North West 200 Supertwins winner Stefano Bonetti will feature in the Bennetts Lightweight race and could well go close to securing his first TT win onboard the Paton. 

 

Some of the most fierce competition may come from the privateers. Expected to feature are Phil Crowe, Sam West, Shaun Anderson, Dominic Herbertson, Michael Sweeney, Horst Saiger, Michael Evans and Brian McCormack. 

 

The first practice session of this year’s Isle Of Man TT gets underway on Saturday 25th May and you can listen in live via Manx Radio.

 

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Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle Of Man TT practice and race schedule - 20th May 2019

PROPOSED 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT FUELLED BY MONSTER ENERGY PRACTICE AND RACE SCHEDULE

QUALIFYING 1 SCHEDULED DATE: SATURDAY, 25 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 18:45 - Solo Newcomers' speed controlled lap
18:35 - 19:00 - Sidecar Newcomers' speed controlled lap
18:45 - 20:50 - Lightweight TT/Supersport/Newcomers (all solo classes)
21:30 - Roads Open

QUALIFYING 2 SCHEDULED DATE: MONDAY, 27 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 20:00 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport /Newcomers (except Lightweight)
20:05 - 20:50 - Sidecars
21:30 - Roads Open

QUALIFYING 3 SCHEDULED DATE: TUESDAY, 28 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 19:25 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
19:25 - 20:00 - Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)
20:05 - 20:50 - Sidecars
21:30 - Roads Open

QUALIFYING 4 SCHEDULED DATE: WEDNESDAY, 29 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 19:50 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
19:55 - 20:35 - Sidecars
20:35 - 20:50 - TT Zero Qualifying
21:30 - Roads Open

QUALIFYING 5 SCHEDULED DATE: THURSDAY, 30 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 19:15 - Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
19:20 - 19:50 - Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)
19:55 - 20:35 - Sidecars
20:35 - 20:50 - TT Zero Qualifying
21:30 - Roads Open

QUALIFYING 6 SCHEDULED DATE: FRIDAY, 31 MAY 2019

18:00 - Roads Close
18:20 - 19:40 - Superbike/Superstock/ Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
19:40 - 19:55 - TT Zero Qualifying
20:00 - 20:50 - Sidecars
21:30 - Roads Open

RACE DAY 1 SCHEDULED DATE: SATURDAY, 01 JUNE 2019

10:00 - Roads Close 
12:00 - RST Superbike TT Race 6 Laps
15:00 - Sidecar TT Race 1 3 Laps
16:35 - Superstock/Supersport/Lightweight Qualifying 
17:10 - TT Zero Qualifying 
21:30 - Roads Open (No Later Than) 

RACE DAY 2 SCHEDULED DATE: MONDAY, 03 JUNE 2019

10:00 - Roads Close 
10:45 - Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 over 4 Laps
12:25 - Sidecar Qualifying 
14:15 - RL360 Superstock TT Race 4 Laps
15:55 - Lightweight TT Qualifying 
16:15 - TT Zero Qualifying 
17:00 - Roads Open 

RACE DAY 3 SCHEDULED DATE: WEDNESDAY, 05 JUNE 2019

10:00 - Roads Close 
10:45 - Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 4 Laps
12:45 - TT Zero Race 1 Lap
14:10 - Bennetts Lightweight TT Race 4 Laps
15:55 - Sidecar Qualifying 
16:10 - Senior TT Qualifying 
17:00 - Roads Open 

RACE DAY 4 SCHEDULED DATE: FRIDAY, 07 JUNE 2019

09:30 - Roads Close 
10:30 - Sidecar TT Race 2 3 Laps
12:45 - Senior TT Race 6 Laps
21:30 - Roads Open (No Later Than)

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Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle Of Man TT TV schedule on ITV4 - 19th May 2019

2019 ISLE OF MAN TT TV SCHEDULE ON ITV4

 

Monday 27th May 2019        

One Three Five - Breaking The Barrier - 21:00 ITV4

 

Tuesday 28th May        

The Greatest Race: Hislop vs Fogarty - 21:00 ITV4

 

Wednesday 29th May 2019        

TAS TT A Winning Formula - 21:00 ITV4

 

Thursday 30th May 2019        

TT Preview Show - 21:00 ITV4

 

Friday 31st May 2019        

TT Qualifying Highlights - 21:00 ITV4

 

Saturday 1st June 2019        

Superbike TT Race - 21:00 ITV4

 

Sunday 2nd June        

Sidecar TT Race 1 - 21:00 ITV4

 

Monday 3rd June        

Supersport TT Race 1 - 21:00 ITV4

 

Tuesday 4th June        

Superstock TT Race - 21:00 ITV4

 

Wednesday 5th June        

Supersport TT Race 2 - 21:00    ITV4

 

Thursday 6th June        

Lightweight TT Race & TT Zero - 21:00 ITV4

 

Friday 7th June        

Senior TT Race - 21:00 ITV4

 

Saturday 8th June        

Sidecar TT Race 2 - 21:00 ITV4

 

Wednesday 12th June        

Isle of Man TT Review Part 1 - 21:00 ITV4

 

Thursday 13th June        

Isle of Man TT Review Part 2 - 21:00 ITV4

 

1. One Three Five - Breaking The Barrier - A look at TT 2018 and the build-up to the final lap of the final race and the breaking of the 135 mph lap record. Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman look back at their epic duel on Senior Race Day and look at what came together to break the 135mph barrier.

 

2. The Greatest Race - Hislop vs Fogarty - The 1992 Senior TT is regarded by many as the greatest TT race of all time, we look at the background to the race that saw two former factory Honda riders go against their previous employer on unfancied machines, and deliver a thrilling six lap, 227 mile race that saw them finish just 4.4 seconds apart. Hear from Carl Fogarty himself and many others involved in this remarkable race.

 

3. TAS TT A Winning Formula - A look at the TAS team, from humble origins in the Northern Ireland road racing fraternity to one of the most successful teams in TT history with 18 victories. Father and son, Hector and Philip Neill, talk through the years, from Hector Neill Racing to a top, factory supported team at the very forefront of motorcycle road racing.

 

4. TT Preview Show - Take a trip to Texas with Peter Hickman and hear from last year’s fellow winners Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter. Steve Plater catches up with Dean Harrison and Davy Todd on the water as they take to kayaking off the coast off the Isle of Man and the Birchall brothers show that they are just as competent on two wheels as they are on three. With visits to the Honda, Norton and Padgetts factories, and much more, we bring you all the news ahead of TT 2019 race week.

 

LIVE COVERAGE ON THE RADIO

 

Coverage gets underway for the first qualifying session on Saturday 25th May from 18:00 (GMT) with interviews and analysis from the Manx Radio Team of Tim Glover, Chris Kinley, Chris Palmer, former TT Race winner Patrick Farrance for the sidecars and Chris Boyde. Dave Christian, at Glen Helen, and Roy Moore, at Ramsey Hairpin will support the race commentary with updates from around the island.

 

Manx Radio is available on AM 1368 Island wide, FM 87.9 in Douglas & Ramsey and FM 100.6 in Sulby & the North West, or listen live on-line.

 

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FULL ITV4 SCHEDULE FOR 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES FUELLED BY MONSTER ENERGY REVEALED

 

ITV4 will again be broadcasting all of the best action and highlights from this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

 

Anchor presenter Matt Roberts will be joined by former racers Steve Plater and Cameron Donald. Both have enjoyed TT Mountain Course success with Steve Plater winning the 2008 Supersport and 2009 Senior TT Races while Cameron Donald was a double TT Race winner – Superbike and Superstock - in 2008.  Experienced Motorsport broadcaster Dave Moore will provide additional commentary on the race action.

 

ITV4’s TT coverage starts this year on Monday 27th May at 9pm with a look at the last lap of last year’s meeting – the final record breaking lap of the Senior TT. ‘One Three Five - Breaking The Barrier’ sees Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman look back at their epic duel on Senior Race Day and recreate how the 135mph barrier was broken.

 

The clock gets turned back on Tuesday 28th May at 9pm to what many believe was the greatest race of all time. ‘The Greatest Race - Hislop vs Fogarty’ tells the story of the 1992 Senior TT through interviews with Carl Fogarty and many others that were involved in this remarkable race.

The preview show on Wednesday 29th May looks at the remarkable track record of one of the most successful teams in TT history.  ‘TAS TT A Winning Formula’ looks at TAS Racing’s rise from humble origins in the Northern Ireland road racing fraternity to one of the most successful teams in TT history with 18 victories. Father and son, Hector and Philip Neill, talk through the years, from the early days of Hector Neill Racing to a top, factory supported team at the very forefront of British championship and road racing.

 

The ‘TT Preview Show’ on Thursday 30th May looks forward to this year’s meeting. The TV team catch up with Peter Hickman training in Texas and hear from last year’s fellow winners Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter. Steve Plater takes to the water with Dean Harrison and Davy Todd as they go kayaking off the coast of the Isle of Man and the Birchall brothers Ben and Tom show that they are just as competent on two wheels as they are on three, swapping their sidecar for Mountain Bikes. With visits to the Honda Racing, Norton and Milenco by Padgetts Racing work shops to eavesdrop on their pre-TT preparations the scene will definitely be set for TT 2019 race week.

 

The on track action highlights begin in earnest on Friday 31st May with the TT Qualifying Highlights show which summarises all of the best qualifying action ahead of Saturday’s first Race day. All of the racing highlights will be captured in the race shows which are broadcast every night from Saturday 1st June to Saturday 8th June inclusive at 9pm, with many same day highlights shows.

 

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Road Racing Daily Phil Crowe pictured exiting Greeba at the 2018 Isle Of Man TT (Photo by RC Photos)

TOP 20 TT RACES SUPERBIKE START NUMBERS REVEALED

 

With the top ten starting order for the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Dunlop Senior Races revealed during the Official Launch for this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, the remainder of the top twenty seeded riders have today been announced.

 

The quality of the field stretches beyond the top ten, with some of the best riders in Road Racing starting from numbers 11 to 20.

 

Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) moves up the order to 11, having run his usual number 13 since 2014. Starting at 10, Peter Hickman will be the ultimate target ahead of him, but there’s a considerable threat from behind with Derek McGee (Doyne/McGee Racing Kawasaki) starting at 12 – his first year as a seeded rider.

 

Sam West (Cycle Store BMW) starts at 13, with fellow privateer Phil Crowe (Sheffpack BMW) going at number 14. Both riders lapped within a whisker of the mythical 130mph mark in 2018, and there’ll both be looking to reach that landmark this year.

 

Starting at 15, Jamie Coward (PreZ Racing) will be the only Yamaha-mounted rider in the top 20. He’s followed by two rapid Irishman who have previously lapped close to an average speed of 129mph, with Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/Kelly Developments Suzuki) starting at 16 and Shaun Anderson (Anderson Race Developments Suzuki) away from 17.

 

Last year’s sensational newcomer Davey Todd (Penz13.com BMW) follows at 18, ahead of team-mate Daley Mathison (Penz13.com BMW) at 19, with Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport Kawasaki) completing the top 20. Like McGee, 2019 will be the first year that Anderson, Todd, Mathison, and Herbertson have started as seeded riders in the top 20.

 

All but two of the top twenty have lapped the TT Course at an average speed of over 128mph and more of the world’s best road racers follow them, with Horst Saiger, Adam McLean, Danny Webb, Craig Neve and Paul Jordan just some of the other riders entered.

 

A number of leading riders from the Manx Grand Prix tackle the TT for the first time, including Matt Stevenson and James Chawke – winners of the Senior and Junior Races respectively.

 

The overseas contingent will again include Stefano Bonetti, Raul Torras, Julian Trummer, Timothee Monot and Xavier Denis. Leading New Zealand Superbike Championship rider Jay Lawrence contests the TT for the first time, having made an impressive Mountain Course debut at last year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

 

1. Conor Cummins

2. Dean Harrison

3. John McGuinness

4. Ian Hutchinson 

5. James Hillier

6. Michael Dunlop 

7. Gary Johnson

8. Michael Rutter

9. Davo Johnson 

10. Peter Hickman 

11. Lee Johnston 

12. Derek McGee

13. Sam West 

14. Phil Crowe

15. Jamie Coward

16. Derek Sheils 

17. Shaun Anderson

18. Davey Todd

19. Daley Mathison

20. Dominic Herbertson 

 

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Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle of Man TT start numbers revealed

FIRST BATCH OF SEEDED STARTERS REVEALED FOR THE ISLE OF MAN TT SUPERBIKE AND SENIOR RACES

 

Ahead of tonight’s official TT launch, the first ten seeded starters has been announced. 

 

Manx rider Conor Cummins will once more lead the field away for the second year in a row on the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda, and he will be followed by Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison. 

 

23-time TT winner John McGuinness returns to his favoured number 3 starting point on board the Norton machine, and following McGuinness will be Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson in his preferred number 4 position. 

 

The ever popular James Hillier starts at number 5. Michael Dunlop, a three-time TT winner in 2018, starts at number 6 on board the Tyco BMW machine. 

 

Next up is Gary Johnson at 7, Michael Rutter at 8 and David Johnson at number 9. They will of course be followed by Peter Hickman who starts at his favoured number 10 spot. 

 

Superbike and Senior TT start numbers: 

 

1. Conor Cummins

2. Dean Harrison

3. John McGuinness 

4. Ian Hutchinson

5. James Hillier

6. Michael Dunlop

7. Gary Johnson

8. Michael Rutter

9. David Johnson

10. Peter Hickman

Road Racing Daily Jonathan Goetschy to contest the Isle of Man TT

JONATHAN GOETSCHY THE LATEST NEWCOMER TO COMPETE AT TT RACES

 

Leading French road racer Jonathan Goetschy will make his TT Mountain Course debut later this year at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

 

The 33-year old will ride a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races.

 

Hailing from Annecy in France, Goetschy has established himself as one of France’s leading road racers in recent years and enjoyed an excellent 2018 season which saw him finish in a credible fourth place overall in the International Road Racing Supersport Championship.

 

Goetschy finished in the top six in all ten of the races he contested with the undoubted highlight coming at Terlicko in the Czech Republic when he took victory in the second race.

 

He also competed in four rounds of the Superbike class, finishing in the top six in the five races he completed, with just one non-finish.  Despite only competing for half of the championship he still ended the season in tenth place overall.

 

Goetschy has been a regular on the short circuits, particularly in World Endurance Championship races where he took a fine podium in his class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

France has historically had a strong presence at the TT with the likes of Marc Granie and the late Fabrice Miguet regularly competing while Julien Toniutti, Xavier Denis and Timothee Monot have shone more recently.

 

Toniutti currently holds the honour of being the fastest Frenchman to have lapped the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with an impressive lap of 124.622mph which he achieveD in the 2018 PokerStars Senior TT Race.

 

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Road Racing Daily Michael Sweeney confirms plans for 2019 Isle Of Man TT

MICHAEL SWEENEY CONFIRMS PLANS FOR TT 2019

Ireland’s Michael Sweeney will return to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy for the sixth successive year, and is confirmed to race in all six solo races.

The Skerries rider will remain under the Martin Jones Racing banner and will ride a BMW S1000RR for the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races, and a Yamaha YZF-R6 for the two Monster Energy Supersport races.

The former Manx Grand Prix winner will line up on an ER6 650cc Kawasaki for Kiely Heating Racing in the four lap Bennetts Lightweight TT Race.

At TT 2018, Sweeney achieved his best result in the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race – as he had in 2017 – with an excellent seventh place, which gave him his third Silver Replica, after also finishing 18th in both of the Monster Energy Supersport TT Races. Although he opted out of the Superbike Race, he finished inside the top twenty in the RL360 Superstock Race before concluding his campaign with a superb 12th place in the Senior TT where he again lapped over 126mph.

Established as one of the leading privateers around the Mountain Course since stepping up to the TT in 2014, Sweeney now has 13 top twenty finishes to his name, including three inside the top ten.

His track record confirms him as one of the most consistent performers in the last five years, having finished 23 of the 27 races he has started. He now holds three Silver and 19 Bronze Replicas in his collection, while his personal best lap around the 37.73-mile circuit is an impressive 126.407mph.

Sweeney, a regular podium finisher in the Irish National road races, is now looking to build upon his impressive results of the last five years and climb even further up the leaderboard at this year’s event.

He said: “I really feel that I am now getting a feel for the TT Course and every year I’ve built and improved on the previous year.  This is a big year for me and I’m looking to make further progress and improve my lap times and race positions and staying with the same team will help with that.”

JAMES HILLIER REMAINING WITH TEAM GREEN IN 2019

Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki have today announced that James Hillier will remain with them for an eighth successive year in 2019, with the firm aim of challenging for race wins at the Isle of Man TT Races Fuelled by Monster Energy.

Hillier, winner of the 2015 Bennetts Lightweight TT, will contest the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races on the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10RR and the two Monster Energy Supersport TT Races on board a Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Having made his Mountain Course debut in 2008, the Hampshire rider is established as a regular contender for honours and now has an impressive haul of twelve podiums - the most recent of which coming last year, with third place finishes in the RST Superbike and second Monster Energy Supersport TT Races.

In addition, he finished fourth in the opening Monster Energy Supersport race - less than two seconds off the rostrum - and fifth in the RL360 Superstock Race. Only a first lap retirement in the Senior TT Race, when the engine’s sump was ripped off at the bottom of Barregarrow, prevented a complete run of finishes.

Hillier first stood on the podium in 2012 and has done so at least once every year since then. His phenomenal finishing record since 2011 has seen him fail to finish just two of the 43 races he has started – with all but two of those 41 finishes inside the top ten.

Hillier is one of the most consistent performers around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course and has now taken a remarkable 51 finishes from his 55 race starts since 2008. Those 51 finishes have seen him win 47 silver and 4 bronze replicas and as well as the 12 podiums he has now finished inside the top ten on no less than 40 occasions.

His personal best lap of the Mountain Course stands at 132.414mph which currently makes him the seventh fastest rider of all time and with 32 racing laps at more than 130mph, only Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness have a greater total than the Ringwood rider, who turns 34 next month.

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