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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Stats Round Up

Round up of many an interesting stat from this years MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, which includes hat trick hero Peter Hickman now having the same amount of international road race victories as Lee Johnston.

Both riders have six international wins, whilst Bruce Anstey’s feature Superbike success, is his third blue riband Ulster GP race victory in four years.

Photo by Rod Neill

Six riders have now lapped Dundrod at over 134 mph, including the newly crowned world’s fastest road racer Dean Harrison.

Dean’s Around A Pound Superbike victory, takes his total of wins within the real roads scene in 2017, to an extremely impressive 18.

For the fourth successive year Michael Dunlop did not secure a race win, it has to be said though the Mountain Course lap record holder looked to be down on power compared to the consistent front runners, in particular within the Superbike races.

The Bennetts Suzuki through the Flying Kilo speed trap in the feature race, was over 7 mph slower! than quickest Conor Cummins (199.2 mph).

Another intriguing speed trap statistic, arose in the opening Supersport encounter as race winner Peter Hickman finished only joint 18th quickest alongside Christian Schmitz and Robert Wilson.

Joe Thompson lead the newcomers challenge in both Supersport races, whilst additional event debutants to top the 120 mph mark around Dundrod included Josh Daley, Adam Lyon, Raymond Casey and Davey Todd.

BMW’s continued domination of the Superstock class, was illustrated by four of the top six finishers been BMW mounted.

Suzuki’s small challenge in the Super Twins race was lead by Stephen McKnight who finished a very respectable 16th, whilst the marques sole Supersport representative was Andrew Sellars.

In total eleven countries where represented at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, which included America via the fastest female competitor in history at Dundrod, Patricia Fernandez.

The ten fastest road racers in the world, following competition this week, is as follows:

1 Dean Harrison 134.614
2 Dan Kneen 134.541
3 Bruce Anstey 134.396
4 Peter Hickman 134.222
5 Conor Cummins 134.183
6 Ian Hutchinson 134.089
7 Michael Dunlop 133.979
8 Guy Martin 133.527
9 Keith Amor 133.435
10 Cameron Donald 133.401

A notable stat about the ten fastest riders at Dundrod, is that the only rider to have set his fastest lap speed on Kawasaki machinery, is Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison.

Words by Stevie Rial