TT 2022: The Magnificent Seven, Hickman Records 7th TT Win

TT 2022: The Magnificent Seven, Hickman Records 7th TT Win
Rescheduled for this evening, the reduced three lap Royal London 360 Superstock race didn’t disappoint in providing enthralling action around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.

Lap 1:

Underway five minutes behind schedule at 6:35 PM, John McGuinness MBE sped off the start-line, making his 102nd TT start.

Quickest to Glen Helen was Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman but only by 0.426 over Davey Todd, who in turn was only one second ahead of new Metzeler runner Dean Harrison.

At Ballaugh Bridge, Hickman led by 3.66 seconds. Todd remained second, just slightly further in front of Harrison.

Hickman’s lead widened to 7.63 seconds at Ramsey Hairpin whilst the already tight battle for second was just topped by Todd.

Looking in supreme, calm, controlled form, Hickman stretched the race-lead to plus 10 seconds, at the Bungalow.

As lap one ended, the leading pack was sternly headed by Hickman, thanks to a standing start lap speed of 132.217 mph.

The race leader’s advantage stood at 12.783 over Todd, Cummins occupied third but only by 0.099 of a second over Johnston.

Lap 2:

Post the mandatory pit stops, Hickman maintained a decent 9.5 seconds lead over Todd as the front running pair reached Glen Helen.

10.7 seconds separated Hickman and Todd at Ballaugh whilst third was held by first on the road Harrison.

Steadily breaking the challenge of rising TT force Todd, Hickman moved 11.9 seconds clear at Ramsey Hairpin.

Nigh-on fifteen seconds to the good at the Bungalow, Hickman’s lead expanded to 15.9 seconds as lap two finalised.

Third behind Todd was his Milenco by Padgetts team-mate Cummins, Harrison held fourth as Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston, Monster Energy Supersport race one victor Dunlop rounded out the top six.

Lap 3:

Early during lap three, fifth placed Johnston retired whilst the scrap for the podium was heating up.

Todd, Cummins, Harrison we’re all jostling it out, there wasn’t much in it between three of International road racing’s most talented, respected exponents.

Manxman Cummins now into second by Ramsey Hairpin, bit a few seconds off Hickman’s lead, which stood at 11.4 seconds.

Despite Cummins best efforts, registering his first 133 mph lap, Hickman went onto clinch his seventh TT triumph, third successive Superstock TT victory.

His final race winning margin was 12.7 seconds over now 11 times TT podium finisher Cummins.

Completing the top three finishers, claiming his first TT podium finish was Brotton’s Todd, making it a double Padgetts rostrum.

First across the chequered flag, DAO Racing’s Harrison finished fourth, 20 times TT winner Dunlop took fifth.

Places P6, P7 respectively were gained by Hebden Bridge’s Coward, Milwaukee BMW Motorrad’s Ian Hutchinson.

Completing the top first ten finishers were Dominic Herbertson, McGuinness MBE and Phil Crowe.

Additional standout rides came from the likes of Nathan Harrison (11th), Michael Browne (17th) and IRRC front runner David Datzer (20th).

Photo credit: Nick Wheeler

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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