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2019 Supersport 2 TT

Description: Peter Hickman claimed his fourth TT Race victory at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when he won Thursday’s (6 June) two-lap Monster Energy Supersport TT Race, his first win in the 600cc category.

The Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph rider was locked in battle throughout the two laps with Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) but with his now customary charge over the Mountain on lap two, the Burton upon Trent rider edged to a win by 3.3s. James Hillier took third on the Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki.

Having originally been scheduled for 10.45am on Wednesday, the race, cut from four laps to two, eventually got underway at 12.55pm on Thursday and with dry conditions all round the Mountain Course, except for some sight damp patches at Laurel Bank, the Black Dub, Glen Helen, Kerromoar and Ramsey Hairpin, it was Hickman who led at Glen Helen on the opening lap.

However, his lead over Hillier was just 0.06s and it was close across the leaderboard with Harrison, Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston and Jamie Coward filling third to sixth place positions as just two and a half seconds covered the top six. Ian Hutchinson was in trouble though with the Honda Racing rider retiring at Quarter Bridge.

It was all change at Ballaugh as Harrison took over the lead from Hillier and Hickman with the trio separated by only half a second but by Ramsey Hickman moved back to the top of the leaderboard. The gap was only 0.038s as Hillier dropped back to third, one and a half seconds adrift of Harrison.

The trio remained close as they went up and over the Mountain for the first time but an opening lap of 127.21mph gave Hickman a 2.3s lead over Harrison with Hillier just under a second further back in third. Conor Cummins and Coward had moved up to fourth and fifth as Johnston slipped back to sixth.

With no pit stop on this occasion, the riders went on to their second and final lap but Harrison’s strength on the opening sector could again be seen as he turned his deficit into a half second advantage as the riders swept round the left hander at Glen Helen. It looked to be a two-horse race as well as Hillier was now three seconds in arrears of Hickman.

By Ballaugh, Hickman had edged ahead again but it remained extremely tight with Harrison only three tenths of a second behind. Hillier dropped another second but stayed in third over six seconds clear of Cummins as Coward and Johnson completed the top six.

As they arrived at Ramsey for the final time, the gap, amazingly, was almost exactly the same and, just like last year’s Senior race, it was all going to come down to the final run over the Mountain.

Through the Bungalow, Hickman had added another six tenths of a second to his lead and he’d increased it to 1.9s at Cronk ny Mona. Indeed, with the fastest lap of the race, 128.14mph, Hickman clinched victory by 3.302s for his first Supersport TT win.

Harrison had to settle for second with Hillier taking another 600cc podium in third as Cummins finished in a safe fourth. Coward took his best ever TT result in fifth ahead of Dunlop with Davey Todd also having his best ever TT finish in seventh. Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston and David Johnson rounded out the top ten.

Hickman’s victory saw him extend his lead at the top of the Joey Dunlop TT Championship to 13 points and he now leads the way on 66 from Harrison (53) and Hillier (49).

Coward took his third successive maximum haul of points in the race for the TT Privateers Championship and he’s moved onto 75 points ahead of Derek Sheils (47) and Paul Jordan (45) who took 12th and 11th respectively in today’s race.

Matt Stevenson was reported to be off at Greeba Castle and was treated at the scene for a wrist injury.

(iomttraces.com)

Competitors

PositionCompetitor(s)TimeSpeedMachine
1Hickman, Peter35:27.780127.671Triumph
2Harrison, Dean35:31.082127.473Kawasaki
3Hillier, James35:35.636127.201Kawasaki
4Cummins, Conor35:44.231126.692Honda
5Coward, Jamie35:48.778126.423Yamaha
6Dunlop, Michael36:10.408125.164Honda
7Todd, Davey36:10.903125.135Honda
8Johnson, Gary36:12.192125.061Triumph
9Johnston, Lee36:14.796124.911Yamaha
10Johnson, David36:35.130123.754Honda
11Jordan, Paul36:44.426123.232Kawasaki
12Sheils, Derek36:48.343123.013Yamaha
13West, Sam36:53.887122.705Yamaha
14Herbertson, Dominic36:58.057122.475Kawasaki
15McGuinness, John37:03.838122.156Honda
16Sweeney, Michael37:21.743121.181Yamaha
17Saiger, Horst37:23.663121.077Yamaha
18Browne, Mike37:26.736120.911Kawasaki
19Denis, Xavier37:51.035119.618Honda
20Chawke, James37:57.281119.290Kawasaki
21Dokoupil, Michal38:03.213118.980Yamaha
22Akroyd, Joe38:12.681118.488Suzuki
23Crowe, Philip38:12.820118.481Yamaha
24Weeden, Tom38:13.799118.431Yamaha
25Hodson, Rob38:20.325118.095Triumph
26McCormack, Brian38:21.606118.029Yamaha
27Hardisty, Charles Rhys38:27.544117.725Yamaha
28Booth, Mike38:31.663117.515Triumph
29Trummer, Julian38:31.851117.506Honda
30Cooper, Darren38:34.558117.368Kawasaki
31Monot, Timothee38:38.574117.165Yamaha
32Wilson, Richard38:39.849117.101Honda
33Martinez, Raul Torras38:42.872116.948Yamaha
34Harrison, Adrian38:45.451116.819Honda
35Hewson, David38:48.762116.653Kawasaki
36Norbury, Mike38:51.212116.530Honda
37Daley, Josh38:56.459116.268Kawasaki
38Charlton, Richard38:59.474116.118Yamaha
39Gallagher, Frank39:04.177115.885Yamaha
40Hodson, Jim39:06.097115.791Yamaha
41Parrett, Mark39:10.022115.597Yamaha
42Govignon, Morgan39:15.592115.324Kawasaki
43Whittall, Rob39:16.473115.281Yamaha
44Perry, Jonathan39:26.230114.805Honda
45Yamanaka, Masayuki39:26.670114.784Kawasaki
46Casey, Raymond39:32.597114.497Kawasaki
47Moffitt, Dave39:32.954114.480Honda
48Rees, Matthew39:41.609114.064Kawasaki
49Sloboda, Miroslav39:42.237114.034Yamaha
50Williams, Paul Potchy39:43.096113.993Yamaha
51Mylchreest, Matt40:00.650113.159Kawasaki
52Pautet, Nicolas40:09.760112.732Kawasaki
53Goetschy, Jonathan40:26.024111.976Yamaha
54Datzer, David40:31.645111.717Suzuki
55Collins, Justin41:01.367110.368Yamaha
56Dunn, Forest44:08.458102.571Honda

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