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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Stats Round Up

Round up of a selection of just some of the most interesting stats to emerge, from this years MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

After their respective Superstock, Supersport race 2, feature Superbike victories, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman have now combined 17 International road race victories.

Photo by Rod Neill

Smiths Racing’s Hickman, Supersport race 2 victory, continues his trend of sealing at least a third place finish or better, on the TROOPER backed Triumph, at all major Supersport roads encounters since TT 2017.

It’s worth pointing out as well, that despite last Saturday winning by nigh on eight seconds, TT lap record holder Hickman didn’t have by a long way the quickest machine down the Flying Kilo speed trap, which saw register as just 16th quickest.

Topping the Supersport speed trap timings was Padgetts Racing’s Conor Cummins, nudging the 179 mph mark.

Padgetts Cummins, was the only racer to bank a podium finish in every race he completed, as he showcased why he is well truly back to his best form.

Leading the Honda challenge in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Superstock race, it was good to see BMW, Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki all represented strongly within the fight for a podium finish.

In total 23 riders during the race, lapped Dundrod at over the 122 mph mark, whilst 13 racers in total nudged over the 125 mph mark.

The twice red flagged MMB Surfacing Superbike race, saw Honda’s sole representation within the declared top ten finishers, lead by race runner up Lee Johnston.

Four of the top six finishers were BMW mounted, including David Johnson on the exotic HP4 Race steed.

Despite the changing conditions, speed trap timings were still very impressive, with Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison setting a blistering quickest speed of 200.4 mph.

Bradford’s Harrison with two trips to the podium during race week, makes him alongside Peter Hickman, the only rider this year to seal podium finishes at the ‘Big Three’ International roads events, the North West 200, TT and Ulster GP.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Race week also provided us with three new International road race winners, Adam McLean, Shaun Anderson and the Czech Republic’s Michal Dokoupil.

Reflecting on Dundrod newcomers performances, you couldn’t but not be impressed with Spain’s Raul Torras Martinez, who lead Yamaha’s 1000cc challenge in the Superstock, feature Superbike races, chalking up very creditable 16th, 14th place finishes.

The best sole four stroke class result by a newcomer during race week, was acquired by 2016 Senior Manx GP champion Tom Weeden, who finished a fine tenth in last Thursday’s opening Supersport race.

Words by Stevie Rial

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