Two wins for Derek Sheils as tragedy overshadows Skerries 100

Derek Sheils doubled up with victories in both the Open race and Grand Final at the Skerries 100 this weekend.

The race meeting was overshadowed by the death of Dr John Hinds, one of the travelling doctors who attended Irish road races and saved a lot of riders lives over the years. He worked as a hospital consultant and was highly regarded by many in the medical field. He suffered a serious accident on Friday evening, during the practice sessions for the event, and sadly passed away on Saturday morning. He was an active campaigner for an air ambulance in Northern Ireland and a petition set up following his death has received over 25,000 signatures already. Dr John will be greatly missed by all and my thoughts remain with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

A number of riders including William and Michael Dunlop, Derek McGee, Sheils and Kells winner Alan Bonner were in action. It was Michael Dunlop’s first race meeting since the injuries he sustained at this year’s Isle of Man TT and it was his brother William’s first race out on the Superbike following his own TT accident.

McGee took a very comfortable victory in the Supertwins class, beating Paul Jordan by over 11 seconds while Michal Dokoupil came home in third just over a tenth of a second off Jordan. Bonner narrowly missed out on a podium spot, finishing ahead of Andy Farrell, Paul Gartland, David Lumsden, Mark Sheils, Brian Coomey and Callum Laidlaw. It was William Dunlop who took the win in the Supersport class finishing just shy of two seconds clear of McGee. McGee was riding his own bike following an amicable split with Wilson Craig Racing last week. Seamus Elliott joined the pair on the podium with John Walsh fourth and Farrell fifth. Thomas Maxwell was sixth ahead of Graham Kennedy, Dokoupil, Paul Cranston, and Stephen Procter.

In the Open race Sheils took a narrow victory over William Dunlop with the gap just four tenths between the pair. Bonner finished in third ahead of McGee, Walsh, Elliott, and Farrell. Alan Connor, Maxwell, and Jordan rounded out the top ten. Sheils doubled up with a win in the Grand Final race, once again beating Dunlop with Walsh on the podium this time. Michael Dunlop was fourth ahead of Elliott, Farrell, Connor, Dokoupil and Cranston.

Barry Davidson beat Ed Manly and Sean Leonard in the 250cc-350cc Classic race while Robert McCrum was victorious in the 500cc-1000cc Classic race. He beat Richard Ford and Manly. Senior Support was won by Procter who beat Kevin Fitzpatrick and Timmy Elwood. Elwood went on to win the Non Championship Support Junior races, beating Jason Cash and John Horgan. There was a win for Jordan in the 125cc/Moto 3 race, beating Paul Robinson and Nigel Moore while Tommy Henry beat Brian Coomey and Noel Bertram to the 201cc-400cc race victory. The Junior 250cc/400cc Championship race was won by Sam Wilson, with Neil Kernoghan and Dokoupil joining him on the podium.

The next Irish road racing action will take place at Walderstown in a fortnights time, while racing commences this week at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man.

Ryan Farquhar, William Dunlop and Guy Martin amongst confirmed riders for Armoy

This year’s Armoy Road Races will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of July this year.

At the launch for this year’s event riders including Ryan Farquhar, William Dunlop and Guy Martin were confirmed for the seventh holding of the popular race meeting. Others going to be in attendance include Jeremy McWilliams, Paul Robinson, Sam Dunlop and Darren James. Last year Martin took his first wins at the event and wrapped up Man of the Meeting but was beaten by Michael Dunlop in the Race of Legends itself. Dunlop is as yet unconfirmed for the event, having picked up injuries at the Isle of Man TT.

“The Club and I are really delighted with the news that SGS International/Manx Gas Team with Ryan Farquhar, Jeremy McWilliams and Darren James are entering the Supertwins race,” Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy MBE said. “There will be other riders and they may enter other races for that matter but we’ve just got to wait and see in the coming days. It’s also fantastic news that the Tyco BMW team will be racing at Armoy. Guy Martin and William Dunlop are no strangers to Armoy with Guy the Man of the Meeting last year and top spot in the Supersport 2 and the Superbike races. I’ve also been reliably told that another Armoy favourite Keith Amor is aiming to be fit and he’ll be at Armoy – so we wish him a very speedy recovery.” Amor was one of a number of riders who sustained injuries at the TT. “The return of Martin, McWilliams, Dunlop and Farquhar is testament to the Club and the exceptional races that we put on as a team,” Kennedy concluded.

“Last year I was at Armoy but I was flat out preparing bikes,” Farquhar said at the launch. “2015 is going to be a lot different – not only will I be racing in the Supertwins but so will Jeremy McWilliams and Darren James, one of Canada’s top professional motorcycle road racers who will be racing as a newcomer. Folks will have seen a glimpse of him at the North West 200 earlier this year but I’ll wait and see how he gets on at Armoy. Jeremy was keen to return and race this year at Armoy – after his win at the NW200 there was no question he wasn’t going to race in the Supertwins”. McWilliams holds the current lap record for the Supertwins race after a hard fought battle with then team-mate Jamie Hamilton in 2013.

The action will take place over two days – Friday and Saturday – with 12 races set to feature:

  • Supersport 1 (sponsored by First4printing)
  • Moto 3/125GP (sponsored by Molly’s Bar and Restaurant)
  • Junior Support (sponsored by Armoy Homes & The Mermaid Club)
  • 250cc (sponsored James W Hickinson & Co and Solitude Motors)
  • Senior Support (sponsored by Park Electrical Services & The Armoy Construction Co)
  • Senior Classic (sponsored by Ballycastle Credit Union)
  • Open (sponsored by Torquetronix)
  • Supertwins (sponsored by IJ Lynn & Sons and McAuley Car Dismantlers)
  • Junior Classic (sponsored by Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club)
  • Supersport 2 (sponsored by the Bayview Hotel)
  • 400cc (sponsored by Diamond Bar)
  • Race of Legends (sponsored by SGS International)

Ivan Lintin wins big at Barry Sheene Festival

Fresh off the back of his first win at the Isle of Man TT, Ivan Lintin took five wins from six races at last weekend’s Barry Sheene Festival at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

While the likes of William Dunlop, Derek McGee and Alan Bonner were in action at Kells, a number of riders including Dean Harrison, Ryan Farquhar and Lee Johnston were in action at Oliver’s Mount. The festival took place over two days and included practice sessions, races and parade laps.

First up on the race schedule was the first leg of the 250cc/350cc and 500cc and Denis Parkinson classic race. The 250cc class was won by Geoff Hadwin followed by Christian Gunson. David Webber won the 500cc class from Raymond Tulett while Gavin Lupton beat Richard Lambourne to the win in the 500cc class. Also in the race were Marc Coggon on the Suzuki GSXR 600 and Rad Hughes on the Kawasaki ZXR 400. In the second leg of the race, held on the Sunday, the result was the same in the 250cc class. Farquhar took victory on the Paton in the 500cc class ahead of Lupton, Lambourne, and David Webber. Coggon, Peter Boast, and Hughes also completed the race.

Harrison took victory in the UK Classic F1 Superbike race, beating Farquhar and James Cowton. Harrison’s leading margin was a comfortable seven seconds. Cowton was just a second ahead of Johnston who finished in fourth place while Jamie Coward, David Bell, Kiaran Hankin, Martin Harrison and Michael Hand were the other race finishers.

In the Modern Lightweight class (bikes up to 450cc) it was Rhys Hardistry who stood on the top step in both races. In the first leg he was joined on the podium by Paul Owen and Derek Clark while Clark and Nick Anderson were second and third in the second leg. Lintin’s first victory came in the Supersport class where he beat Daley Mathison and James Neesom. It was Mathison’s first race meeting since he broke his collarbone at the North West 200 in May. Lintin doubled up with victory in the second leg of the Supersport class as well, this time beating Cowton and Mick Goodings.

The RC Express Racing rider then went on to win both legs of the Super Lightweight  & UK Classic F2 race. In the first leg the podium was Lintin, Cowton, Hardistry, while Anderson took third in the second leg while the top two remained the same. Following his victory in the Classic Superbike race, Harrison also claimed the win in the first leg of the modern Senior beating Neesom and James Bellers-Smith. Lintin took victory in the second leg – his fifth of the meeting – and he was joined on the podium by Harrison and Mick Goodings.

Next up on the road racing calendar is the Skerries Road Races on the first weekend in July.

Two wins for Alan Bonner at Kells Road Races

William Dunlop, Derek McGee and Alan Bonner were amongst the winners at Kells Road Races this weekend. The action took place across two days at the Crossakiel Circuit in Co Meath.

Dunlop was back in action just a couple of weeks after the accident that ruled him out of the TT with extensive bruising and a broken rib. He was there with his CD Racing Yamaha and won the Supersport race comfortably from Seamus Elliott and Paul Jordan. Sam Wilson was fourth with McGee in fifth, John Walsh sixth, James Kelly seventh, Andy Farrell eighth, Graham Kennedy ninth and Brian McCormack in tenth. Dunlop then went on to finish sixth in the Open race, a race won by Bonner.

Fresh off the back of impressive top twenty finishes at the TT on only his second visit, Bonner won the Open race by just a tenth of a second over McGee while Alan Kenny completed the rostrum positions. McCormack was in fourth, ahead of Dunlop, Walsh, Elliott, Paul Gartland, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Farrell. Bonner doubled up by going on to take victory in the Carole Nash Grand Final – the feature race of the event. He again beat McGee – this time by half a second – with McCormack also on the podium. Kenny was fourth, with Walsh fifth, Dunlop sixth, Elliott seventh, and Gartland eighth. Kelly was ninth with Alan Connor rounding out the top ten.

It was Derek McGee who won the Supertwins race – another rider who impressed at the TT this year as he made his debut. He beat Connor Behan by nearly four seconds with Michal Dokoupil in third. Jordan was a further four seconds back in fourth, ahead of Adam McLean, Stephen McKnight, Bonner, Mark Sheils, James Chawke and David Lumsden.

The 125cc/Moto 3 race was won by McLean who beat Paul Robinson by just over a second. Sean O’Neill took third while Behan, Jordan, and Neil Kernohan were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Craig Gibson, Paul McKillop, Sarah Boyes, and Steve Boyes rounded out the top ten. McLean doubled up with a win in the 201 – 400cc Championship race, ahead of Brian Coomey and James Chawke. Tommy Henry, John Horgan, Liam Greene, Thomas Whitmore, Brendan Glover, David Howard and Colin Bowles were the other top ten finishers.

Following his top ten result in the Open race, Fitzpatrick took the honours in the Senior Support class by over ten seconds. Timmy Elwood finished in second with Darryl Tweed third. There were top ten finishes for Ryan Maher, Seanie Smith, Coomey, Stephen Casey, Henry, David Holland and Adrian Logue. Kernohan won the Junior 250/400cc race just eight tenths clear of Dokoupil who in turn was nearly ten seconds ahead of John Ella. Howard was fourth, Greene fifth, Henry sixth and Shiels seventh. Rounding out the top ten were Gartland, Vic Allan, and Stephen Morrison.

In the Classics Barry Davidson won the 250cc – 350cc class with a narrow margin of victory over Ed Manly. Herbie Ronan was third ahead of Sean Leonard, Dave Hastings, Freddie Stewart and Sean Henry. Philip Shaw was eighth with Kevin Callan ninth and Richard Ford tenth. The 500cc – 1000cc class was won by Robert McCrum by nearly 15 seconds from Ford and Stewart. Manly finished fourth ahead of Billy Lyle, Pat Murray, Noel Bertram, and Sam Kinkead. Hutton and Callan rounded out the top ten.

Last but not least, in the Non Qualifier races Lumsden and Veronika Hankocy were victorious. Hankocy won the 201cc – 400cc B race by just shy of four seconds over Andy McAllister with Stephen Davison third. Martin Currams was fourth ahead of Jordan McFerran, Morrison, John Byrne, Gavin Brown, Alan Johnston and John McCann. In the Open B race Lumsden was first of five riders, winning by just over a second and a half from Damian Horan. Callum Laidlaw took third with Paul Swords fourth and Noel Carroll in fifth.

Full two day schedule in store for Barry Sheene Festival at Oliver’s Mount

This weekend will see riders return to action at the popular Oliver’s Mount circuit for the Barry Sheene Festival. The event is this year being sponsored by Suzuki and will see a number of top name riders including recent first time TT winner Ivan Lintin take to the Scarborough roads.

Lintin will be joined by Dean Harrison, James Cowton, and Daley Mathison who is making his return from an injury sustained at the North West 200. Heading up the Classic race entrants are Ryan Farquhar – who took a hat-trick of victories at last year’s event – and Lee Johnston, fresh off the back of two TT podiums and his fastest ever lap of the mountain course. Lintin, Farquhar, Harrison and Johnston were amongst the podium finishers at the Spring Cup earlier in the year. The festival will run over two days and as well as featuring a number of races fans will get the opportunity to join Q & A sessions with Jim Redman and Mick Grant daily.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday 20th June

  • 10.00 – Suzuki Owners Parade
  • 10.30 – Yorkshirt Coast British Motorcycle Club Parade
  • 11.00 – Benelli Parade

[4 lap parades for road legal machines only]

  • 12.10 – 12.40 Free race practice – all classes
  • 12.45 – Lightweight & Super Lightweight (3 laps) – timed
  • 12.55 – Classic Machines up to 500cc (3 laps) – timed
  • 13.05 – Junior 600 (3 laps) – timed
  • 13.15 – Classic Formula 1 & Formula 2 (3 laps) – timed
  • 13.25 – Senior (3 laps) – timed
  • 13.45 Race 1: 250cc/350cc/500cc pre ’73 Classic and Denis Parkinson Classic Senior (Leg 1) – 8 laps
  • 14.15 Race 2: Modern Lightweight (Leg 1) – 8 laps
  • 14.45 Parade 1: Under 350cc Classic Racing Machine – 4 laps
  • 15.15 Race 3: Classic F1 (Leg 1) – 8 laps
  • 15.45 Race 4: Modern 600 Junior (Leg 1) – 8 laps
  • 16.15 Parade 2: Over 350cc Classic Racing Machines – 4 laps
  • 16.45 Race 5: Modern Senior (Leg 1) – 8 laps
  • 17.15 Race 6: Super Lightweight & Classic F2 (Leg 1) – 8 laps

Sunday 21st June

  • 9.00 – 10.00 Free race practice – all classes
  • 10.00 – Lightweight & Super Lightweight (4 laps) – timed
  • 10.15 – Classic Machines up to 500cc (4 laps) – timed
  • 10.30 – Junior 600 (4 laps) – timed
  • 10.45 – Classic Formula 1 & Formula 2 (4 laps) – timed
  • 11.00 – Senior (4 laps) – timed

[4 lap parades for road legal machines only]

  • 13.30 Opening Ceremony by Suzuki Owners Club Members
  • 13.45 Race 1: 250cc/350cc/500cc pre ’73 Classic and Denis Parkinson Classic Senior (Leg 2) – 8 laps
  • 14.15 Race 2: Modern Lightweight (Leg 2) – 8 laps
  • 14.45 Parade 1: Under 350cc Classic Racing Machine – 4 laps
  • 15.15 Race 3: Classic F1 (Leg 2) – 8 laps
  • 15.45 Race 4: Modern 600 Junior (Leg 2) – 8 laps
  • 16.15 Parade 2: Over 350cc Classic Racing Machines – 4 laps
  • 16.45 Race 5: Modern Senior (Leg 2) – 8 laps
  • 17.15 Race 6: Super Lightweight & Classic F2 (Leg 2) – 8 laps

William Dunlop set to compete at Kells Road Races

William Dunlop is amongst the riders set to contest the Kells Road Races this weekend at the Crossakiel Circuit in Co Meath.

He is scheduled to take part alongside the likes of Derek McGee, Alan Bonner, Michal Dokoupil, Brian McCormack and Connor Behan. Dunlop missed the event last year due to a leg injury he sustained at the TT following a crash in the Senior.

Last year Kells made a very welcome return to the road racing calendar following a two year absence. First held in 1994, the popular race was cancelled in 2012 and 2013 due to financial difficulties. On its return last year Dan Kneen took victories in the Superbike class while McGee, Behan and Michael Sweeney were amongst the other winners. Jamie Hamilton put in a number of strong performances to take four podiums, including a third place in the Grand Final. The results were as follows:

Moto 3 

  1. Sam Dunlop
  2. William Cowden
  3. Sean O’Neill

Open 

  1. Dan Kneen
  2. Michael Sweeney
  3. Jamie Hamilton

201 – 400cc 

  1. Derek Costello
  2. Wayne Hall
  3. Sean Connolly

Senior Support 

  1. Thomas Maxwell
  2. Neil Lyons
  3. Aron Hatch

Classic 500-100cc 

  1. Robert McCrum
  2. Richard Ford
  3. Tony Willis

Supersport

  1. Derek McGee
  2. Jamie Hamilton
  3. James Kelly

Classic 250-350cc

  1. Barry Davidson
  2. Herbie Ronan
  3. Freddie Stewart

Junior Support

  1. Michael Sweeney
  2. Seamus Elliott
  3. Tommy Henry

Supertwins

  1. Connor Behan
  2. Derek McGee
  3. Jamie Hamilton

Grand Final

  1. Dan Kneen
  2. Michael Sweeney
  3. Jamie Hamilton

The event will take place over two days with practice scheduled for Saturday with racing taking place on Sunday. Roads close at 1pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Following Saturday’s practice, two Classic races are scheduled to take place. 12 races in total are due to take place across the two days. A number of riders including Hamilton, Sweeney and Keith Amor will be missing from this weekend’s action due to injuries sustained at the Isle of Man TT. We wish them a continued speedy recovery.

2015: Isle of Man TT Round-Up

The 2015 Isle of Man TT is certainly one that will live in the memory for a long time. Ian Hutchinson made an impressive comeback, lap records were broken and there was plenty of hard fought racing.

The first week of the fortnight was blighted by bad weather – rain and high winds wrecking havoc with the schedules. It wasn’t until the Wednesday of practice week that many riders got their first times on the board. Lightweights and Newcomers got some running in on Saturday but Monday practice was cancelled and Tuesday was untimed because of the conditions.

Again there were delays when the racing itself was supposed to commence. The Superbike and Sidecar races were scheduled to take part on Saturday but were postponed. Initially the Sidecar race was delayed until Saturday evening but eventually – due to a number of circumstances – both races were cancelled completely for the Saturday. The Superbike race was rescheduled for Sunday while the first Sidecar race was pushed back to Monday.

The big news prior to the Superbike race was Michael Dunlop’s last minute switch from Milwaukee Yamaha to BMW but it was Bruce Anstey who stole the headlines on Sunday when he won the race – his first Superbike TT victory. Ian Hutchinson was a welcome returnee to the podium and he promised there was more to come in the following races. James Hillier completed the podium. Behind the leading trio John McGuinness was fourth with William Dunlop in fifth. Also in the top ten were Michael Rutter, Dan Kneen, Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston, and David Johnson. Guy Martin was an early retirement – pulling off at Ballagarey – while Gary Johnson, Conor Cummins and Ivan Lintin were amongst the others failing to finish the race. Michael Dunlop had an off after an incident involving a backmarker and injured his shoulder and wrist which hampered him for the rest of the week.

The Superbike proved to be William Dunlop’s one and only race of the week as he was forced to pull out due to extensive bruising and a broken rib which were sustained in a practice crash. He was one of the favourites going into the Supersport race. It was Ian Hutchinson who took the win, however, blowing the competition away and finishing eight seconds clear of Bruce Anstey on corrected time. Gary Johnson completed the podium, ahead of Lee Johnston, Guy Martin, James Hillier, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Dan Kneen, and Michael Rutter. Dean Harrison was an early retirement when he pulled off at Crosby Crossroads while Keith Amor had an off at Stella Maris resulting in him withdrawing from the rest of the week due to possible fractures.

In the first Sidecar race of the event, Ben and Tom Birchall were the victorious partnership. The brothers – who crashed while leading one of last year’s races – broke the race time record and completed the second ever fastest Sidecar race lap at the TT. They finished the race over 20 seconds clear of John Holden and Dan Sayle in second, with last year’s winners Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott in third. One of the pre-race favourites Dave Molyneux and passenger Benjamin Binns retired from the race on the first lap. Also in the top ten were Ian Bell & Carl Bell, Alan Founds & Tom Peters, Gary Bryan & Jamie Winn, Gary Knight & Jason Crowe, Matt Dix & Shaun Parker, Robert Handcock & Aki Alto, and Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers.

Ian Hutchinson backed up his Supersport win with another victory, this time in the Superstock class. He beat the previous race time record by 32 seconds, something the next three riders were also within. Ian Hutchinson beat Michael Dunlop by 17 seconds while a late charge by Lee Johnston saw him get on the podium ahead of James Hillier, while also completing his first ever 130mph lap of the TT course. Peter Hickman was a highly impressive fifth, ahead of David Johnson, Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey and Conor Cummins. It was another disappointing race for Guy Martin – having been given a 30 second time penalty for exceeding pit lane speed limit in the first Supersport race, he struggled to get the bike started after his pit-stop in the Superstocks. He had been in a good position to fight for a podium.

The TT Zero Challenge saw John McGuinness break the lap record with a 119.279mph. He edged closer to Joey Dunlop’s TT wins record with his 22nd win around the Mountain Course, beating Mugen team-mate Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston. Last minute TT Zero entrant Guy Martin finished in fourth place. He was standing in for injured team-mate William Dunlop, riding the Victory bike like Lee Johnston. Robert Wilson and Michael Sweeney were the other riders who completed the lap.

The second Supersport race signalled a hat-trick of wins for Ian Hutchinson who this time beat Bruce Anstey and Guy Martin. The advantage over second was 15 seconds. Behind the podium finishers, James Hillier was in fourth with Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston, and Conor Cummins coming home in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. John McGuinness, Dan Kneen, and David Johnson rounded out the top ten. Michael Dunlop had been a doubt ahead of the race due to his injuries and he pulled into the pits at the end of the first lap. Dean Harrison suffered another early retirement when he pulled off at Ballaugh.

The Birchall brothers made it two out of two, securing another win in the Sidecar class. It was another record beating race time, while the top two also beat the existing lap record. The Birchall brothers were the first to do it, lapping at 116.667mph but this was soon beaten by Dave Molyneux and Benjamin Binns with a 116.783. The latter partnership finished in second, eight seconds down on the leading duo on corrected time. John Holden and Dan Sayle secured another podium finish in third. Conrad Harrison and Mike Aylott finished fourth, while Ian and Carl Bell came home fifth.  Also in the top ten were Matt Dix & Shaun Parker, Wayne Lockey & Mark Sayers, Steve Ramsden & Matty Ramsden, Robert Handcock & Aki Aalto, and Tony Baker & Fiona Baker-Milligan.

The Lightweight class were first up on the final day of racing. Last year’s winners RC Express were victorious once again, this time with Ivan Lintin riding their bike. It was his first TT win and he beat James Hillier and Michael Rutter. Most riders chose to pit at the end of the first lap of the three lap race, but Jamie Hamilton, Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee were amongst those pitting on lap two. The move gave Jamie Hamilton the brief race lead on corrected time – after he had struggled to get away at the start line and dropped behind James Cowton on the road – and he went on to finish fifth with James Cowton fourth. Dan Cooper was fifth ahead of Michael Russell, Mark Miller, Connor Behan, and Danny Webb. Ryan Farquhar retired from the race – after he had picked up a 30 second time penalty in the pits – while Lee Johnston also retired. Gary Johnson clearly had problems at the start, quickly being caught and passed on the road by James Hillier, and he eventually retired, as did Martin Jessopp.

After his successes earlier in the week, many expected Ian Hutchinson to win the Senior TT. Failing that, could Sunday’s Superbike winner Bruce Anstey get another win? It was neither of the two, however, as John McGuinness powered to a record breaking win. Ian Hutchinson had been leading by two seconds on corrected time at the start of the second lap when the race was red flagged due to an accident involving Jamie Hamilton. Recent updates on the Ballyclare rider’s condition say he is critical but stable.

When the race restarted it was John McGuinness who took the advantage, breaking Bruce Anstey’s overall lap record from last year. John McGuinness completed a lap of 132.701mph, while Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and James Hillier were also quicker than the previous record with their fastest laps. The Morecambe Missile’s 23rd TT victory was also his seventh in the Senior – drawing him level with Mike Hailwood. James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson joined him on the podium with Guy Martin coming home fourth behind. Michael Dunlop was fifth, Conor Cummins sixth, and Peter Hickman was seventh. The fastest ever newcomer also set his first ever 131mph, after joining the 130 Club on the first lap of the race. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Bruce Anstey, David Johnson and Michael Rutter.

Three wins and two podiums saw Ian Hutchinson secure the TT Championship. Dan Cooper was the leading privateer while the Birchall brothers dominated the Sidecar class.

I would like to send my best wishes to all those injured this past fortnight. On injured riders, an update posted by Manx Radio has stated that Michael Sweeney is described as comfortable, Roy Richardson is stable and Graham English has been transferred to a hospital closer to home. Tony Thirkell, Dean Kilkenny, Keith Amor, Alex Pickett, Scott Wilson, Marc Maier, and Jake Lowther have all been released from hospital. Speedy recovery also to William and Michael Dunlop as well.

My thoughts very much remain with Jamie Hamilton. They are also with the family and friends of Franck Petricola, who sadly lost his life during practice week. The French rider was a newcomer at the Isle of Man TT and had just come from competing in his first North West 200.

The Isle of Man TT may be over for another year but there is still a lot of action to come on the roads including Kells and the Barry Sheene Festival at Scarborough this coming weekend.