Whilst BMW’s S1000RR steed has proven largely the machine to beat in the Superstock category at International roads events during the past ten years, it’s a Kawasaki mounted racer who currently holds the stock 1000 lap record at the Ulster Grand Prix, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison.
Current Senior TT Champ Harrison in 2018 on route to a second UGP triumph, recorded a new record lap speed of 133.835 mph which equates timing wise to 3 minutes 19.081 seconds.
In the same race as Harrison scooping the Superstock lap record, Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman (133.805) was just 0.045 off his respected rival’s new PB lap time, whilst third place finisher Conor Cummins (133.15) also surpassed the 133 mph mark.
Photo by Tommy Vennard
Outside of Harrison, Hickman and Cummins, the remainder of the current ten quickest stock class exponents are Lee Johnston (132.793), Davey Todd (132.605), 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop (132.446).
Former outright UGP record pace setter Ian Hutchinson (132.292), the late but great Dan Kneen (132.077), fastest overseas competitor David Johnson (131.431) and Scotsman Keith Amor (131.376).
A further 10 racers have nudged over the 130 mph lap mark on production 1000 machinery within the 2010’s, they are as follows:
Ryan Farquhar (131.173), Paul Jordan (131.148), the much missed William Dunlop (131.043), Welsh road racing great Ian Lougher (130.873), twice Lightweight TT Champion Ivan Lintin (130.693).
Triple Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils (130.556), Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward (130.508), Gary Johnson (130.461), Guy Martin (130.224) and genial New Zealander Bruce Anstey (130.206).
Words by Stevie Rial