Following an excellent 11th place finish in the Pokerstars senior TT, Dan Hegarty has won the TT 2016 privateers championship.
Going into the race six points behind Jamie Coward, Dan knew he had to finish in front of his fellow rising star around the Mountain Course.
In a race/lap record breaking six lap race, Dan lapped along the way in excess of 128.2 mph, in finishing in front of three time Macau Grand Prix runner up Martin Jessopp.
Alongside his senior TT exploits, multiple momentous moments from a top draw two weeks of TT Races action for Dan, included another 11th place finish in the Royal London 360 Quantum Superstock race and highly creditable 13th position in the RST Superbike encounter.
Piloting ZX6R and ZX10R Kawasaki machinery for his own team RTR Motorcycles Racing, with backing from Mark Middleton, Dan has showcased in the past couple of weeks, why he is amongst pure road racing’s fastest rising stars.
It’s fair to say he’s moved up a level around the Mountain Course at TT 2016, cracking the 128 mph barrier and establishing himself amongst a group of riders on the cusp of breaking into the elite group of competitors pushing for top six finishes.
Next roads meeting’s coming up for Dan include the Southern 100, Barry Sheene Road Race Festival Powered by Suzuki, making his debut at the world’s fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix and the prestigious Scarborough Gold Cup.
Words by Stevie Rial