TT 2019 will have a lot to live up to given the outstanding performances right through the field at this year’s event. Lap records tumbled and many riders recorded their best ever laps as the fantastic weather encouraged the amazing racing around the the TT course.
At the sharp end we have Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman trading lap speeds and times that have rewritten the record books. We also have the emergence of some future stars particularly in Sam West and Davey Todd who contested the Privateers Championship right up to the end. Todd taking victory in such style that it was hard to believe that he was a newcomer!
We also saw the return of Ian Hutchinson. His bravery in competing was awe inspiring and I for one hope that he can continue to return to full fitness over the next twelve months.
The Birchalls continued their dominance in the Sidecars and they too blasted the existing lap and race records.
Three races and three different winners. Dean Harrison won TT Supersport 2 followed home by Peter Hickman and James Hillier.
Michael Rutter won the TT Zero race but arguably the performance of the race was by Daley Mathison aboard the Nottingham University machine. He split the two Mugen machines as Lee Johnston brought home his ailing bike in third.
Michael Dunlop moved on to 18 TT wins with a convincing win in the Lightweight TT. Riding a Paton Dunlop is now the third most successful rider in TT history. Only John McGuinness (23 wins) and Uncle Joey (26 wins) have better records than Michael. Derek McGee took his first TT podium finishing 2nd ahead of Michael Rutter.
Michael Dunlop registered his second win of the week in the Supersport TT and later in the day Peter Hickman won his first TT with a close win from Dunlop and Harrison in the Superstock TT.
Charles Rhys Hardisty
Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop
James Cowton @ Kate’s Cottage
James Hillier and Conor Cummins
A round up of TT Practice from Wednesday and Thursday evenings form Kirk Michael and Sarah’s Cottage.
Dean Harrison threw down the gauntlet last night as he exceeded 131 mph average lap speed in his first outing on his Kawasaki Superbike at TT 2018. Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman were 2nd and 3rd quickest.
Peter Hickman and Ivan Lintin were fastest on the Superstock and Supersport timesheets.
Raul Torras Martinez