TT 2022: Stellar Hickman Makes It Four Wins In A Week

TT 2022: Stellar Hickman Makes It Four Wins In A Week
Race week at TT 2022 concluded this morning, afternoon with another ‘Superbike Saturday’.

This time though the race’s title wasn’t Superbike it was the blue riband, the ‘Power and The Glory’, the icing on the cake, the big one, the Milwaukee Senior TT.

Won by a who’s who of real road racing, the biggest prize in pure road racing has been claimed over the last 115 years by countless super heroes, legends, unique sportsman.

Who would today etch their name into the history books?

Could Dean Harrison make it back-to-back Senior race victories, could Peter Hickman regain the title he won in record breaking fashion back in 2018.

Could Michael Dunlop spring up some more magic and what role would the Milenco by Padgetts duo of Conor Cummins and Davey Todd have.

Racing commenced on schedule at 11:00 AM, with John McGuinness MBE aboard the 30th Anniversary Honda Fireblade, first to get the tap on the shoulder.

Lap 1:

In a change to previous 1000cc races, fastest to Glen Helen on lap one wasn’t Peter Hickman, it was Dean Harrison P1 by only 0.577 over outright lap record holder Hickman.

The Milenco by Padgetts pair of Todd, Cummins occupied third, fourth and were separated by just over half a second.

At Ballaugh Bridge, Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman hit the front, moving 2.4 seconds ahead of respected rival Harrison.

Onto Ramsey Hairpin and Hickman’s lead stretched to four seconds plus. Harrison second was now 3.27 seconds in front of Manxman Cummins.

Hickman’s lead at the Bungalow was 5.8 seconds and by the end of lap 1 he led Harrison by 8.36 seconds. Hickman’s standing start lap speed was 132.381 mph.

Cummins third was five seconds behind Harrison, Todd occupied fourth as Dunlop, Dominic Herbertson completed the top six.

Early race retirements included prospective history maker Michael Russell and David ‘Action’ Jackson.

Lap 2:

The Hickman/Harrison P1 battle continued on lap two with the two quickest racers in TT history, giving it their all.

10.195 seconds was eight times TT winner Hickman’s lead at Ballaugh Bridge whilst Cummins in third, dropped nine seconds behind Harrison.

Showing strong pace over his favoured Mountain section, Hickman moved 12.6 seconds clear at the Bungalow.

As lap two finalised, Hickman lapping at 132.504 mph, led Harrison (lap two lap speed – 131.822 mph) by 14.61 seconds.

The increasingly tight battle for third was just headed by Cummins, leading Padgetts team-mate Todd by one second.

There was drama at the scheduled opening pit-stop, as James Hillier missed his pit-box and Honda Racing’s McGuinness MBE incurred a thirty second penalty.

Lap 3:

Despite the DAO Racing Kawasaki steed sustaining a cracked screen, after hitting a bird, Harrison reduced Hickman’s lead to 10.4 seconds at Glen Helen.

The race lead was reduced a touch more at Ballaugh to just 9.84 seconds.

Next timing point Ramsey Hairpin from Hickman’s point of view, provided normal service resumed, with an 11 second advantage now enjoyed.

By the time lap two ended, Hickman had opened up an almost 19 second advantage over Harrison.

The captivating battle for third saw Cummins and Todd separated by under 0.9 of a second.

Supersport lap record holder Dunlop was P5 with Hillier despite his pit-stop issues holding sixth.

Lap 4:

Although Harrison nibbled tiny chunks out of his lead at Glen Helen, Ballaugh and Ramsey, Hickman was still in total race command throughout lap four.

Below 18 seconds ahead at Ramsey by the Bungalow the race lead was stretched out to 18.41 seconds.

As second pit stops loomed, Hickman was 19.34 seconds in front of two plate holder Harrison.

Cummins, Todd remained evenly matched holding third, fourth respectively.

Hawk Racing’s Dunlop, Rich Energy OMG Racing’s Hillier were still P5, P6 whilst 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson held seventh.

There was disappointment for fastest TT newcomer in history Glenn Irwin, who retired at the conclusion of lap four.

Lap 5:

Post pit stop action, the Hickman, Harrison become a touch more captivating at Glen Helen on lap five with Harrison now only 13.984 in arrears.

By Ramsey though Hickman had pulled over half a second on Harrison, leading by 13.47 seconds.

Across the Bungalow, Cronk Ny Mona sections Hickman upped the ante, pulling away from tenacious top pursuer Harrison.

Going onto the sixth and final lap, Hickman enjoyed a 16.549 advantage.

Third, 27 seconds behind Harrison was Cummins who in turn was only 3.356 ahead of fellow Honda runner, team-mate Todd.

Lap 6:

Could anything stop Hickman from making it four wins in a week for the first-time?

Harrison firmly first on the road, wasn’t giving up and by Ballaugh Bridge was 12.349 behind Hickman.

Showcasing his usual calm, cool temperament Hickman looked so relaxed as he reached Ramsey, waving to the enthusiastic crowd.

14 seconds clear at the Bungalow, Hickman was homing in on a second Senior TT success.

He went onto cross the line to take Milwaukee Senior TT victory.

It’s the Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider’s ninth TT win, 20th TT podium in total.

Race runner-up Harrison, claimed his fourth rostrum finish of TT 2022, finished 16.918 behind fellow Double H member Hickman.

The gripping all Padgetts tussle for third went to now 12 times TT podium finisher Cummins, with 2.827 separating him and new ‘132 Mph Club’ member Todd.

Dunlop took fifth, Hillier placed sixth as Hutchinson, Coward, McGuinness MBE, Monster Energy People’s Challenger award winner Nathan Harrison wrapped up the top 10 finishers.

Positions 11th-15th were secured by Immingham’s Craig Neve, Shaun Anderson, Phil Crowe, Dafabet Racing’s Rob Hodson and Triple Irish road race Superbike Champion Derek Sheils.

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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