Full round up of the most intriguing facts, stats to emerge from competition in 2018 at the four premier International roads events, the TT, North West 200, Ulster GP and Macau Grand Prix.
15 different racers claimed International road race wins in 2018, including Mountain Course lap record holder Peter Hickman who claimed in total six victories, overall nine podium finishes.
Hickman who now has 12 International roads victories, is just seven behind the total of premier event wins recorded by TV personality, fans favourite, eight times Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup winner Guy Martin.
In total 25 riders secured rostrum finishes at pure road racing’s most coveted events in 2018, including first time International podium finishers Joe Thompson and David Johnson.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
BMW, Kawasaki, Ducati, Mugen and Honda all enjoyed International roads success, with BMW’s fabled S1000RR steed proving the most successful machine at the International’s, emerging victorious on seven occasions.
Teams results wise, it’s Smiths Racing on top with five wins, whilst outfits to enjoy international triumph’s for the first time include Supersport North West 200 victors EHA Racing.
There was no new 130 club members at TT 2018, but the strength of the entry for this years TT Races was illustrated by the fact that 33 racers topped the 125 mph lap mark, during last May/June’s Mountain Course competition.
Overall 23 countries had representation combined from Mountain Course, Triangle, Dundrod, Macau competition.
It’s now three plus years since the official factory backed Honda Racing team, last enjoyed an International roads triumph. The highly acclaimed team finished down in 18th in the final standings within the teams championship of TT 2018.
Michael Dunlop remains with now 28 wins to date, the most successful rider international roads wise of the 2010’s.
Words by Stevie Rial