Popular British superbike racer Peter Hickman took his first ever TT victory in today’s Superstock TT, setting a staggering new lap record of 134.403mph on his Smiths BMW S1000RR to take the win from the similarly mounted Michael Dunlop.
Earlier in the day, Dunlop had shattered his five year old lap record in the first Supersport TT, en route to his second win of TT 2018 and a 17thcareer victory. Kawasaki mounted Dean Harrison came home second, some 10 seconds behind Dunlop, with Hickman fractions of a second behind, in third on his Triumph.
Hickman initially looked like missing out in the afternoon’s Superstock TT when he lost around 20 seconds at the beginning of the first lap after running wide on the approach to Braddon Bridge, however that was to be the only mistake that the Lincolnshire rider made. On lap two he became the first rider to set a sub 17 minute/134mph lap of the iconic 37.73 mile course and despite Dunlop and Harrison also upping the pace, he finished off with a record breaking 134.403mph average on the fourth and final lap to take his much anticipated first TT victory.
Today’s racing was marred by tragedy, however, when Adam Lyon, 26, from Helensburgh in Scotland was killed in an incident during the Supersport race. The accident occurred at Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the third lap of the race. All at Carole Nash and Insidebikes extend their sympathies to Adam’s family.
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