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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: No Stopping Hickman, Who Consolidates Supersport Pole

There’s no stopping Peter Hickman at present, at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix, as he continued his unbeaten run in qualifying, consolidating Supersport pole position.

As in Superstock qualifying, his main pursuer was Dean Harrison. There was nothing in it between the TROOPER Triumph and Silicone Engineering Racing riders, as just 0.124 of a second covered them, following lap speeds respectively of 127.333 and 127.258 mph.

Photo by Rod Neill

Bruce Anstey (126.399) sealed third place on the grid for Saturday’s Supersport encounters, whilst Padgetts team mate Lee Johnston (126.370) completing the front row, is beginning to find some good form.

Positions five and six within qualifying where sealed by the Dunlop’s William (125.995) and Michael (125.984), with both ideally placed for front running challenges in the six lap races.

Seventh quickest Conor Cummins (125.912) is another contender for rostrum finishes, keep an eye as well on eighth/ninth fastest Christian Elkin (125.318) and Derek McGee (125.269).

Rounding out the top ten overall from qualifying, is rising roads star Paul Jordan (124.791), aboard the Evolution Camping backed YZF R6 Yamaha.

Looking towards the leading newcomers, Shirlaws Motorcycles backed Adam Lyon (122.318) and Team ILR’s Joe Thompson (122.250), where both extremely impressive in finishing 19th and 20th fastest respectively.

MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix – Overall Supersport Qualifying Results:

1 Peter Hickman 127.333
2 Dean Harrison 127.258
3 Bruce Anstey 126.399
4 Lee Johnston 126.370
5 William Dunlop 125.995
6 Michael Dunlop 125.984
7 Conor Cummins 125.912
8 Christian Elkin 125.318
9 Derek McGee 125.269
10 Paul Jordan 124.791
11 Adam McLean 124.289
12 Jamie Coward 124.230
13 Ivan Lintin 124.189
14 James Cowton 123.916
15 Dan Cooper 123.619
16 Dan Hegarty 122.870
17 Michael Sweeney 122.523
18 Daley Mathison 122.415
19 Adam Lyon 122.318
20 Joe Thompson 122.250

Words by Stevie Rial