With – you guessed it – the weather continuing to play havoc with every plan the Clerk of the Course could lay out it really did come down to one last roll of the dice and that was Thursday 6th June 2019. The forecast was looking positive and as long as the roads would dry out over night then there was the potential for a full day of racing and a couple of necessary qualifying sessions.
The plan had to be ambitious, but I think it would be fair to say that everyone was shocked when Gary Thompson came up with this idea :
Yes, you have read that correctly – 5 Races, 1 Day. Now that is a day of racing!
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Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 :
The first race up was the Monster Energy Supersport Race 2 – which due to this jam packed schedule the number of laps had been cut to 2 – so it was pretty much a sprint to the finish – a 75 mile sprint to the finish that is!
Peter Hickman continued his phenomenal TT Form to take the win from his constant duelling partner this year – Dean Harrison, although James Hillier was constantly snapping at Harrison’s heels in the opening sectors of this race.
With the form Hickman has been on at the TT Circuit of late it is hard to believe that this is actually his first Supersport win – but it is. Again the Mountain section is where he pulled it all together and each time he got onto the Mountain his advantage stretched. He is currently so good on the Mountain that Deano is able to claw time back in other sections for all that good work to just disappear over Snaefell.
The Top 6 looked like this :
- Peter Hickman 35:27.780 127.671
- Dean Harrison 35:31.082 127.473
- James Hillier 35:35.636 127.201
- Conor Cummins 35:44.231 126.692
- Jamie Coward 35:48.778 126.423
- Michael Dunlop 36:10.408 125.164
LOCATE.IM Sidecar TT Race 2 :
Ben and Tom Birchall are the dominant force in TT Sidecar racing and today was no exception. Taking victory by over 20 seconds they racked up a simply stunning seventh consecutive win in the class and took their TT wins into double figures gathering their 10 victory!
John Holden and Lee Cain took the second spot showing the class in the category as well with an impressive 12th consecutive podium finish.
The podium was filled with the duo of Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley.
RL360 Superstock TT Race :
Next up – my personal favourite machines – the superstockers. The fact that these are pretty much the machines you can walk into a dealer and buy and then you look and see what these guys can do on them. For 10% of the cash in the right hands they rival a super bike – and now mores you see riders actually taking a stocker out over a superbike. That is just mind blowing and a real testament to the developments and technology that is going into today’s road bikes!
It will be no surprise to read that this one went to Hicky. That’s his second of the day, third of the 2019 TT and fifth TT win.
Hickman was off and flying from the very start, Dean Harrison – of course – was the closest one to chasing him. Initially the fight for third was between James Hillier and Michael Dunlop with the position jostling between them on the first lap prior to the mandatory pit stop – that’s where this battle ended for Jimbo as he picked up a 30 second penalty for speeding.
The top three was then looking like Hicky, Deano and MD – each rider re-affirming his position in the 130 club.
By the time the third and final lap started Hicky had pulled up a 16+ second advantage over Dean Harrison and an interesting battle had started between Michael Dunlop and David Johnson who ultimately pipped MD to the post and the third place step by 0.2 seconds.
The Top Six looked like this :
- Peter Hickman
- Dean Harrison
- David Johnson
- Michael Dunlop
- Conor Cummins
- Michael Rutter
Bennett’s Lightweight TT Race :
The Bennett’s Lightweight TT Race was a thriller. Also reduced to a two lap sprint this was a head to head fight for its duration between Michael Dunlop and Jamie Coward. MD ultimately taking the spoils and earning his 19th TT Victory and a milestone 50th for the Dunlop Dynasty.
By Dunlop’s first approach to the Mountain he was four seconds ahead however this lead disappeared and by Cronk Ny Mona Jamie Coward was 1.4 seconds in the lead. A similar battle was ensuing between Lee Johnston and Gary Johnson – the time difference in this one also a fraction of a second.
Stefano Bonetti – the 2019 NW Winner – ultimately fought his way up to fourth by the end of lap one and Norton’s problems unfortunately continued with John McGuinness and Davey Todd both retiring.
MD started his fight back and was back in the lead by Ramsey, the lead was up to 1.7 seconds by the Hairpin. A final flier from MD, despite everything Coward to throw at him, gave the victory to Dunlop by 1.2 seconds. Lee Johnston secured third to earn himself another 2019 podium spot.
SES TT Zero Race :
The controversial TT Zero Class. I’ll be open and honest from the outset – I am a fan. The technology that is going into these bikes is amazing and yes it is only a one lap race, but like it or not this is the future. More so they are advancing at an amazing rate. Admittedly it is not the most competitive class – at the moment – but as the technology improves and becomes more accessible and affordable then it will become more competitive.
Spoiler Alert : Michael Rutter wins the race with an average speed of 121.909mph. Michael Dunlop won the lightweight race with an average speed 122.75mph. Think about that.
Michael Rutter took the win from his team mate John McGuinness – there is no shock there, The Mugen Machines are simply phenomenal. Michael Rutter interestingly has never lost a TT Zero race.
Davy Todd rode the Nottingham University bike in place of the tragically killed Daley Mathison unfortunately retiring at Ramsey.
The speeds registered at Sulby Straight on the Zero machines were exceptional. John McGuiness clocked 176.14mph, Michael Rutter clocked 173.86 and Davey Todd coming in with a 160.16mph.
With Michael Rutter first, John McGuiness second, the third step on the podium went to Ian Lougher who completed his lap with an average speed of 102.690mph.