Road Racing News leading moment of the 2018 pure road racing season is, drum roll, the first 135 mph lap of the fabled, illustrious, iconic, unparalleled Mountain Course.
The historic feat achieved by Peter Hickman during the sixth and final lap of the showpiece event of TT 2018, the blue riband Pokerstars Senior race, marked the completion in fine style of a classic battle for feature race spoils.
Separated throughout by just a couple of seconds, Smiths Racing’s Hickman, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison treated the large crowd around the Mountain Course, to quite pulsating competition.
Superbike race lap record holder Harrison, hoping to provide Kawasaki with a first Senior triumph since 1975, when fellow Yorkshireman Mick Grant triumphed, was in determined, formidable form.
Pushing himself and main rival Hickman to new levels, a truly memorable, enthralling, gripping sixth and final lap saw the for many world’s leading International Road Racers battle it out, for pure road racing’s biggest prize.
Long term race leader Harrison almost six seconds clear of Hickman at Ballaugh Bridge, had for some the Senior race in the bag, but had he?
The answer was 100 percent no as at Ramsey Hairpin, Hickman started one of the great TT race comebacks, trimming Harrison’s lead dramatically to only two seconds, it was most definitely race on again!
Incredibly by the Bungalow S1000RR BMW mounted Hickman had for the first time taken the race lead, moving 0.8 clear, and then extending the advantage to just over two seconds at Cronk Ny Mona.
The Smiths Racing stalwart would go onto to take the chequered flag at the completion of the sixth and final lap, to wrap up a quite remarkable Pokerstars Senior TT victory.
His amazing final lap of 135.452 mph, yes it still seems scarcely believable, was not only a new outright TT lap record, but also the fastest pure road racing lap worldwide, making him officially the world’s fastest road racer.
This also made the Isle of Man TT the fastest roads meeting worldwide, an accolade held for multiple years by the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.
Words by Stevie Rial