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Three for Peter Hickman at Ulster Grand Prix as Dean Harrison sets new lap record

Three for Peter Hickman at Ulster Grand Prix as Dean Harrison sets new lap record

Peter Hickman has come away from the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix as Man of the Meeting after taking three victories. It was Dean Harrison, however, who set a new lap record of 134.614mph – beating the record of 134.089mph set by Ian Hutchinson in 2016.

Hickman signified he was the man to beat in practice when he secured pole position for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races. He then went on to win the Dundrod 150 Superbike race although Harrison was not far behind.

First up was the Superstock race and Hickman opened his account with a 4.674 second victory over Harrison on his Smith’s BMW. Harrison and Dan Kneen were separated by just four hundredths of a second on the line, with Kneen taking a podium on his first International appearance for Tyco BMW. David Johnson finished in fourth ahead of Conor Cummins and Jamie Coward. Michael Dunlop was seventh, ahead of Ivan Lintin, Dan Cooper, and Daley Mathison.

Lee Johnston

Switching to his Trooper Beer Triumph, Hickman was victorious again – this time in the Supersport race. He battled with Bruce Anstey throughout the race with the winning margin just a tenth of a second. Lee Johnston was third on his return to racing following his crash at the Isle of Man TT. He was less than a second behind the leading duo. Harrison finished in fourth just ahead of William Dunlop who was riding with a wrist injury. Dunlop’s injury had led him to withdraw from the ‘big bike’ races but he put in a competitive performance for fifth ahead of his brother Michael. Cummins was seventh, Derek McGee eighth, Coward ninth and Adam McLean tenth.

There was a popular victory for Davy Morgan in the Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight race. He beat fellow paddock veteran Paul Owen by over four seconds with Callum Laidlaw coming home in third place. Race favourite Anstey retired after just a lap with Neil Kernohan also retiring. The two had stood on the top two steps of the podium in the corresponding Dundrod 150 race. David Howard and Paul Gartland were fourth and fifth respectively. In the Ultra Lightweight class Paul Robinson beat Christian Elkin and Joey Thompson. McLean was fourth and Gary Dunlop fifth.

It was Hickman and Anstey once again leading the charge in the Superbike race, with the pair switching positions throughout. It was eventually a last lap overtake which saw Anstey take the win – his 13th at Dundrod. Hickman was just two tenths behind with Harrison – along with the new lap record- in third. Kneen was once again just hundredths behind Harrison and only marginally ahead of Cummins at the chequered flag. Sheils came home in sixth place ahead of Johnson and Coward. Sam West and Mathison rounded out the top ten finishers.

The fifth race of the day – the second Supersport race – brought out the first red flag of the day following an incident. When it was restarted it proved to be another close affair with the resulting podium the same as in the first Supersport race. Hickman beat Anstey and Johnston with the margin between the top four just over a second. M Dunlop was fourth ahead of Paul Jordan, Coward, Elkin, Cooper and Cowton. Thompson finished in tenth place.

There was another new lap record, this time in the Supertwin class with Ivan Lintin winning. His 120.402mph lap beat the previous Supertwin lap record of 118.735mph. It was yet another narrow margin of victory as he beat Cooper by just two hundredths of a second. There was a podium for McLean who has impressed on the roads this year. Sheils racked up another top five finish in fourth with Elkin fifth and James Cowton sixth. Jonathan Perry and Paul Jordan were seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of Xavier Denis and Maria Costello.

Kneen leads Harrison

The final race of the day – and the meeting – was the second Superbike race which promised to be another thriller. Unfortunately Hickman and Anstey were forced to retire – Hickman’s engine blew while Anstey retired to the pits – leaving Harrison, Kneen, Cummins and M Dunlop to battle it out. In the end the top three were separated by just three tenths of a second after an exhilarating race. Harrison and Kneen touched as Harrison sent a move up the inside but both continued and eventually Harrison was victorious. Kneen was second with Cummins coming home third. M Dunlop ended the day with a fourth place ahead of Sheils, Johnson and Coward. Sam West was eighth ahead of Lintin and Michael Sweeney.


Joey Thompson and Peter Hickman among Dundrod 150 race winners

Joey Thompson and Peter Hickman were among the race winners at this year’s Dundrod 150.

Thompson secured pole position for the Dundrod 150 National on his debut and went on to win following a three lap race. The race was red flagged and eventually declared a result, with Thompson being joined on the podium by fellow newcomers Davey Todd and Jonathan Perry.

Josh Daley was fourth – just over a second off a podium – ahead of Christian Schmitz, Michael Weldon, Glenn Walker and Kris Duncan. David Howard and Owen Graves rounded out the top ten finishers.

The race was red flagged following an incident involving two riders – later revealed to be brothers Rob and Jamie Hodson. Jamie sadly lost his life in hospital.

bruceanstey150Bruce Anstey romped to an impressive victory in the Lightweight class, beating Neil Kernohan by over 38 seconds. Davy Morgan was third ahead of Callum Laidlaw and Paul Owen. In the same race Paul Robinson won the Ultra Lightweight class beating Christian Elkin and Adam McLean. His advantage over Elkin at the line was just half a second.

The Challenge race was cancelled following two red flag incidents – one involving Gavin Lupton who is in a stable but critical condition in hospital.

Peterhickman150In the Superbike race it was Peter Hickman – who had dominated the practice sessions and secured pole position for Saturday’s Superstock, Superbike and Supersport races – who was victorious. Dean Harrison finished just over a second further back in second ahead of Anstey. Anstey and Dan Kneen – who finished fourth – were separated by mere hundredths of a second on the line. Michael Dunlop was fifth ahead of Lee Johnston, Derek Sheils, David Johnson, Daley Mathison, and Daniel Cooper.

16 TT wins for Ian Hutchinson following Superstock victory

Ian Hutchinson has notched up his 16th Isle of Man TT victory – and his second at this year’s event – with a win in the Superstock race.

The Tyco BMW man put in a dominating performance to finish over 20 seconds clear of Peter Hickman. It was Hickman’s third podium of the week following his top three results in the Superbike and Supersport classes. There was also a debut TT podium for local rider Dan Kneen.

Michael Rutter finished the race in fourth place ahead of Dean Harrison and the Dunlop brothers – Michael leading William. David Johnson was eighth ahead of Jamie Coward and Horst Saiger. Just narrowly outside a top ten finish was Daniel Hegarty in 11th with Martin Jessopp 12th, Sam West 13th, Brian McCormack 14th and James Cowton 15th. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Dan Stewart, Michael Sweeney, Philip Crowe, Ivan Lintin and Daniel Cooper.

Retirements from the race included James Hillier, Bruce Anstey, Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson. It was sadly confirmed later in the day that Jochem van den Hoek had passed away following an accident during the race.

Ian Hutchinson wins opening Superbike TT race

Ian Hutchinson has taken the first win of the week, beating Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

The weather has wrecked havoc with the weeks’ practice sessions but ideal conditions greeted riders for the first race of 10 this week. David Johnson led them away at 2pm for the opening Superbike race.

James Hillier took the early lead at Glen Helen, leading Harrison by just eight tenths of a second with Hutchinson third. Michael Dunlop soon got himself into contention by Ballaugh, moving into third place. He was leading the race by the Bungalow and was leading when he retired on lap two. Harrison became the new leader with Hillier second and Hutchinson third.

The first lot of pit stops took place at the end of lap two and it was the Padgetts Racing crew who completed the fastest stop – 52 seconds for Bruce Anstey. Hutchinson’s Tyco BMW crew completed their stop in 55 seconds – five seconds quicker than Harrison and Hickman who was third at the end of the second lap. The battle for the win continued between Harrison and Hutchinson before the latter took control at the Bungalow on lap four. With just seven tenths of a second his advantage over Harrison he pulled the pin and upped it to nearly ten seconds by the start of the fifth lap.

By lap five Harrison had dropped down to fourth and Hutchinson was leading Hillier and Hickman. It became a two horse race on the sixth and final lap when Hickman slashed the gap to just 2.5 seconds. The gap came down to 1.6 seconds by Ramsey but it increased from there and Hutchinson had a five second advantage by the end of the race. Hickman finished in second with Harrison returning to third place. Hillier was fourth ahead of Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, and David Johnson. Josh Brookes, William Dunlop, and Martin Jessopp completed the top ten.

Horst Saiger came home to finish 11th ahead of Sam West, Anstey, Philip Crowe, Jamie Coward and Dan Stewart. Brian McCormack got a time penalty for exceeding pit lane speeds and finished 17th. Stefano Bonetti, Mark Parrett, and Michael Sweeney completed the top 20.

There were a number of retirements from the race including a very early one for Guy Martin who came off uninjured at Dorans on lap one. Michael Dunlop retired from the race lead on lap two while Derek Sheils, Dan Cooper and Ivan Lintin were retirements in the pits. Gary Johnson, Fabrice Miguet, and local favourite Conor Cummins also retired. Davey Lambert was involved in an incident and is in a critical condition in hospital.

TT 2017 start numbers confirmed

The start numbers for this year’s Isle of Man TT Superbike and Senior races have been confirmed, with David Johnson leading the riders away from the number one plate on the Norton.

New Zealander Bruce Anstey will leave second on his Padgetts Honda, ahead of James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson. John McGuinness moves to number five with Michael Dunlop leaving from number six on the Bennetts Suzuki ahead of Conor Cummins. Returnee Guy Martin starts eighth with Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman rounding out the top ten seeded starters.

Michael Rutter will start eleventh in front of Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston, with Dan Kneen 14th and William Dunlop 15th respectively. Josh Brookes – who is returning to the TT and riding a Norton – will start from number 16, ahead of Steve Mercer, Martin Jessopp, Dan Hegarty and Ivan Lintin.



  1. David Johnson
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. John McGuinness
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Conor Cummins
  8. Guy Martin
  9. Dean Harrison
  10. Peter Hickman
  11. Michael Rutter
  12. Gary Johnson
  13. Lee Johnston
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. William Dunlop
  16. Josh Brookes
  17. Steve Mercer
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. Dan Hegarty
  20. Ivan Lintin

The 2017 race fortnight kicks off with practice on 27th May with the first race scheduled for Saturday 3rd June.

Dean Harrison retains Gold Cup at Scarborough

Dean Harrison – the form man at Scarborough this year – has retained the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount having won it for the first time in 2015.

He took three¬†victories at the Spring Cup back in April, adding seven more at the Cock o’the North event¬†before also winning eight times at the Barry Sheene Festival.

At the Gold Cup Harrison took six victories for Silicone Engineering Racing including the feature race.

Ivan Lintin was first up on the winner’s list, beating Dan Kneen and Daley Mathison in the first leg of the Junior A race. Harrison took the victory in the second leg having been absent in the first. Mathison and Lintin were once again on the podium.

Lintin was also victorious in the Super Lightweight class and beat James Cowton and Adam McLean in the first leg. It was an identical podium for the second leg of the class. In the Lightweight class, Paul Owen and Joe Thompson were victorious in the two races respectively. Owen beat Alistair Haworth and Paul Gartland in the first race while Thompson was victorious over Owen and Haworth in race two.

It was Harrison leading the way in both Solo Open races. In the first he raced to a 3.4 second victory over Derek Sheils with Daniel Hegarty third. Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness were fourth and fifth respectively. In the second leg it was once again just over three seconds of an advantage for Harrison as he beat Lintin and Sheils.

This was backed up with two further victories for Harrison in the Senior class. Lintin and McGuinness joined him on the podium in race one while Sheils and Paul Gartland were second and third in race two.

Harrison then led start to finish in the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup race beating Lintin and Kneen. Mathison, McGuinness and Mick Goodings were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively with Mark Goodings seventh. Tom Weeden, Cowton, and Brian Greenfield rounded out the top ten finishers. Dunlop failed to finish the race.

Davy Morgan enjoyed a successful day with victories in both Solo B races and one of the Junior B races. In both Solo B races Morgan beat Jamie Williams and Gaz Evans. It was the same podium again in the first of two Junior B races. The second was won by Williams who beat Stephen Degnan and David McConnachy.

Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance won all three F2 Sidecar races with Steve and Matty Ramsden second in all three. David Bell beat Peter Boast and Owen in the Superbike F1 race first leg, with Paul Coward moving up to third in race two.



134mph lap for Ian Hutchinson on way to  Ulster Grand Prix ‘Man of the Meeting’

134mph lap for Ian Hutchinson on way to Ulster Grand Prix ‘Man of the Meeting’

Ian Hutchinson was named Man of the Meeting at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix after four wins. He broke the lap record and in doing so became the world’s fastest road racer, beating Bruce Anstey’s six year record when he completed a 134.089mph lap.

Gary Johnson stepped in to replace injured Lee Johnston

Win number one came in the opening race of the day – Superstock – where he beat Michael Dunlop and Dan Kneen. Backmarkers came into play in the final few laps and Hutchinson crossed the line with a two tenth advantage over Dunlop. Behind Kneen was Dean Harrison who finished just ahead of Conor Cummins. Last minute Lee Johnston replacement Gary Johnson came home in sixth place with Derek Sheils seventh, Steve Mercer eighth and Jamie Coward ninth. Bruce Anstey had an understated start to the day finishing in tenth place and 42 seconds off the race winner.

Anstey took victory in the first of two Supersport races, beating Hutchinson by just eight tenths. Cummins was third – securing a podium after fourth in the first race – ahead of Harrison and Kneen. William Dunlop finished in sixth ahead of Peter Hickman – who retired from the first race – and Derek McGee. Christian Elkin was ninth and Dan Cooper was tenth. There was a brief shower before the start of the race but conditions quickly improved. Anstey pulled away at the front but was reeled in by the end.

Following their battle in Thursday’s Lightweight race, Neil Kernohan was once again victorious over Davy Morgan. The gap was 17 seconds this time after a close hundredths of a second win on Thursday. Darryl Tweed finished in third ahead of Stephen Morrison and Paul Gartland. In the Ultralightweight class Elkin took a commanding 20 seconds win over Sam Wilson, with Paul Robinson in third. Gary Dunlop finished in fourth ahead of Nigel Moore.

Hutchinson took victory in the feature Ulster Grand Prix superbike race by just two tenths of a second over Anstey. Michael Dunlop had to settle for third ahead of Cummins and Harrison. Hickman suffered another disappointment retiring from the race after running in third place.

Hutchinson took the lead when it counted

In the second Supersport race it was William Dunlop who led most of the way but lost out in the end, just before the Quarries. Hutchinson took his third win of the day by just a tenth of a second. Hickman finished in third, half a second down, ahead of Anstey, Cummins, Harrison and Johnson. Elkin was eighth, Cooper ninth and Paul Jordan. Patricia Fernandez finished in 27th place and became the fastest ever woman at a road race with a 118.261mph lap.

At the North West 200 Cooper got caught up in Ryan Farquhar’s accident, leaving him injured and not riding to his full potential at the Isle of Man TT. At the Ulster Grand Prix he finally took his first International victory, winning the Supertwins race from Sheils and James Cowton. It was another close race like at Armoy, with the top six separated by just two seconds. Jordan and Adam McLean were fourth and fifth respectively.

In the final Superbike race of the day it was once again between Hutchinson and Anstey – thrilling the fans on the RCV – with Michael Dunlop once again third. The race was red flagged following a highside by Dominic Herbertson – rider was OK – after the riders had completed six laps. Hutchinson completed a 134mph lap on his final tour, becoming the world’s fastest road racer. Cummins finished fourth ahead of Harrison, Kneen, Hickman, Johnson, Mercer and Sheils.