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Peter Hickman wins second Supersport bout at IOMTT

Monster Energy Supersport Race Two

Peter Hickman claimed his fourth TT Race victory at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when he won Thursday’s two-lap Monster Energy Supersport TT Race, his first win in the 600cc category.

The Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph rider was locked in battle throughout the two laps with Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) but with his now customary charge over the Mountain on lap two, the Burton upon Trent rider edged to a win by 3.3s. James Hillier took third on the Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki.

Having originally been scheduled for 10.45am on Wednesday, the race, cut from four laps to two, eventually got underway at 12.55pm on Thursday and with dry conditions all round the Mountain Course, except for some sight damp patches at Laurel Bank, the Black Dub, Glen Helen, Kerromoar and Ramsey Hairpin, it was Hickman who led at Glen Helen on the opening lap.

IOMTT Supersport Race Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

However, his lead over Hillier was just 0.06s and it was close across the leaderboard with Harrison, Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston and Jamie Coward filling third to sixth place positions as just two and a half seconds covered the top six. Ian Hutchinson was in trouble though with the Honda Racing rider retiring at Quarter Bridge.

It was all change at Ballaugh as Harrison took over the lead from Hillier and Hickman with the trio separated by only half a second but by Ramsey Hickman moved back to the top of the leaderboard. The gap was only 0.038s as Hillier dropped back to third, one and a half seconds adrift of Harrison.

The trio remained close as they went up and over the Mountain for the first time but an opening lap of 127.21mph gave Hickman a 2.3s lead over Harrison with Hillier just under a second further back in third. Conor Cummins and Coward had moved up to fourth and fifth as Johnston slipped back to sixth.

With no pit stop on this occasion, the riders went on to their second and final lap but Harrison’s strength on the opening sector could again be seen as he turned his deficit into a half second advantage as the riders swept round the left hander at Glen Helen. It looked to be a two-horse race as well as Hillier was now three seconds in arrears of Hickman.

By Ballaugh, Hickman had edged ahead again but it remained extremely tight with Harrison only three tenths of a second behind. Hillier dropped another second but stayed in third over six seconds clear of Cummins as Coward and Johnson completed the top six.

IOMTT Supersport Race James Hillier
James Hillier

As they arrived at Ramsey for the final time, the gap, amazingly, was almost exactly the same and, just like last year’s Senior race, it was all going to come down to the final run over the Mountain.

Through the Bungalow, Hickman had added another six tenths of a second to his lead and he’d increased it to 1.9s at Cronk ny Mona. Indeed, with the fastest lap of the race, 128.14mph, Hickman clinched victory by 3.302s for his first Supersport TT win.

IOMTT Supersport Race Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman

Harrison had to settle for second with Hillier taking another 600cc podium in third as Cummins finished in a safe fourth. Coward took his best ever TT result in fifth ahead of Dunlop with Davey Todd also having his best ever TT finish in seventh. Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston and David Johnson rounded out the top ten.

Hickman’s victory saw him extend his lead at the top of the Joey Dunlop TT Championship to 13 points and he now leads the way on 66 from Harrison (53) and Hillier (49).

Coward took his third successive maximum haul of points in the race for the TT Privateers Championship and he’s moved onto 75 points ahead of Derek Sheils (47) and Paul Jordan (45) who took 12th and 11th respectively in today’s race.

Matt Stevenson was reported to be off at Greeba Castle and was treated at the scene for a wrist injury.

2019 IOM TT Supersport Race Two Results

  1. Peter Hickman
  2. Dean Harrison +3.302
  3. James Hillier +7.856
  4. Conor Cummins +16.541
  5. Jamie Coward +20.998
  6. Michael Dunlop +42.628
  7. Davey Todd +43.123
  8. Gary Johnson +44.412
  9. Lee Johnston +47.016
  10. David Johnson +67.350
  11. Paul Jordan +76.646
  12. Derek Sheils +80.563
  13. Sam West +86.107
  14. Dominic Herbertson +90.277
  15. John McGuinness +96.058
  16. Michael Sweeney +113.963
  17. Horst Saiger +115.883
  18. Mike Browne +118.956
  19. Xavier Denis +143.255
  20. James Chawke +149.501

Best Lap – Hickman / 128.14 mph

Source: MCNews.com.au

Lee Johnston emotional victor in opening Supersport TT

Monster Energy Supersport Race

Conor Cummins was the first off the line at 1830 on Monday night in the opening Supersport race of TT 2019 ahead of Dean Harrison and John McGuinness.  The time delay between each rider ten-seconds and the race distance four laps of the 37.73 mile mountain course, thus 243 kilometres all up for the 50+ race starters.

IOMTT Supersport R Conor Cummins
Conor Cummins

James Hillier was the fastest man out of the blocks to take the early race lead ahead of Gary Johnson and Dean Harrison. Lee Johnston though then promoted himself up to second place through the split at Ballaugh Bridge.

IOMTT Supersport R James Hillier
James Hillier

Lee Johnston then took the lead late on the opening lap at Bungalow to demote Hillier to second place. Peter Hickman was the man on a charge though and was up to third place by Bungalow.

IOMTT Supersport R Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman

The first time past the start-finish line it was Johnston in the lead by two-seconds over Hillier with Hickman a further two-seconds back in third place.

IOMTT Supersport R Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop

Gary Johnson was in fourth ahead of Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop. Conor Cummins seventh ahead of Jamie Coward and Davey Todd while Ian Hutchinson rounded out the top ten.

IOMTT Supersport R Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison

On lap two Lee Johnston continued to pull away from Hillier as Hickman started to close in on the second place man, the gap down to half-a-second by Ballaugh Bridge.

IOMTT Supersport R Lee Johnston Action
Lee Johnston

Late on the second lap though Johnston’s lead had been whittled down from four-seconds down to almost nothing by Ramsey. Presumably some sort of problem onboard the Ashcourt Group sponsored YZF-R6 or a mistake by Johnston allowing Hillier to get back in the race for the lead.

IOMTT Supersport R Lee Johnston
Lee Johnston

The other possibility was that there were a few drops of light rain at one part of the circuit that had seen Johnston button it off a little more than Hillier. That hypothesis was confirmed at the end of lap two when officials put out the chequered flag due to worsening conditions on the mountain. The race declared after two laps and Lee Johnston declared the winner ahead of James Hillier and Peter Hickman.

IOMTT Supersport R Lee Johnston ParcFerme
Lee Johnston – TT 2019 – SS Race One

Despite the early culmination of that race Lee Johnston is still a very deserved race winner. He dominated that race from the get-go and the 30-year-old Northern Irishman was an emotional victor.

Monster Energy Supersport Race Results

  1. Lee Johnston
  2. James Hillier +3.641
  3. Peter Hickman +4.967
  4. Dean Harrison +17.971
  5. Michael Dunlop +21.125
  6. Conor Cummins +27.585
  7. Gary Johnson +29.088
  8. Jamie Coward +36.918
  9. Davey Todd +58.691
  10. Ian Hutchinson +66.796
IOMTT Supersport R Podium Johnston Hickman Hillier
Monster Energy Supersport Race Results
Lee Johnston
James Hillier +3.641
Peter Hickman +4.967

Source: MCNews.com.au