Not surprisingly the quickest Lightweight TT exponent from recent years is a Paton mounted racer, reigning back to back category Champion, 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop.
The last lap of the 2018 Bennetts Lightweight race saw the Ballymoney roads genius set a blistering new lap record of 122.75 mph, which he almost surpassed in the following year’s Lightweight TT.
Photo by Mark Corlett
Race runner-up in 2019 Jamie Coward, like Dunlop surpassed the 122 mph lap mark, lapping at an impressive 122.52 on the KTS Racing Z650 Kawasaki, making him the fastest Kawasaki twins competitor in TT history.
Respective third, fourth, fifth, sixth fastest twins class racer’s through 2018, 2019 are Derek McGee (121.698), twice Lightweight class Champion Ivan Lintin (121.603), Paul Jordan (121.248) and 2017 Lightweight TT victor Michael Rutter (120.957).
Completing the ten quickest Lightweight TT competitors of recent times are Lee Johnston (120.912), Italian Mountain Course hero Stefano Bonetti (120.607), world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman (120.26) and the much missed James Cowton (119.653).
Words by Stevie Rial