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Peter Hickman hits 136mph as he obliterates TT lap record in SSTK TT double

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An extraordinary final lap in excess of 136mph has seen Peter Hickman obliterate Michael Dunlop's week-old Isle of Man TT lap record en route to his second victory of the week in the Superstock TT.

In a week that has seen Hickman play second fiddle to Michael Dunlop in Superbike, Supersport and Supertwins, the Louth rider dragged the spotlight back to him with arguably the finest three-lap performance ever seen on the Mountain Course, culminating in a 136.35mph final revolution.

After watching his lap record go to Dunlop following a 135.513mph effort qualifying practice last Friday, Hickman hinted at something special on the 'stock Monster Energy FHO Racing BMW M 1000 RR by lapping at times quicker than the Superbike spec on his way to victory in the SSTK Race 1.


It all then came together in race two, Hickman - motivated by slender margins to a hard charging Dunlop - getting his head down on the final lap to come across the line to take the win via the first 136mph-plus lap of the Mountain Course

An eleventh TT win for Hickman now, it means Dunlop has only two more races - the Supertwins TT this afternoon and the Senior TT on Saturday - left in which to equal or surpass the all-time record of 26 wins held by Joey Dunlop.

Peter Hickman's TT groove returns, SSTK for Senior TT?

From the outside, it would appear this year's TT has been a frustrating one for Hickman, the pre-event favourite having been overshadowed by the resurgence and impending record-breaking achievements of Dunlop.

However, dig a bit deeper and you'll see Hickman - in race trim - has been lapping quicker than ever, at times faster than Dunlop. Except these laps often come too late for him to make an impression on the results, Hickman having been hampered by a slow build in momentum in the Superbike and Supersport races thus far.

It meant his rapid laps come the end of the Superbike TT and his own 130mph-plus lap in Supersport were largely forgotten amid the publicity around Dunlop.

Seemingly more at home on the Superstock though, Hickman - just as he was in race one - up to speed straight away, whittling out a one second margin over Dunlop by the time they'd reached Glen Helen for the first split.

It was a lead he wouldn't let go of at any stage, though for two laps it was also one that didn't extend far, Dunlop proving a more competitive match for Hickman. After two laps and one pit-stop, the margin between the pair was only 5.1secs, so when Dunlop reached Glen Helen for the final time on lap record pace himself, it seemed the stage was set for a Grandstand finish.

Instead, Hickman powered through even quicker, adding 1.5s to his margin in a prelude to a rocketing final revolution of the 37.7-mile course that Dunlop - himself exceeding 134mph - couldn't get close to.

A huge margin quicker than Dunlop's erstwhile benchmark, it makes Hickman the first rider to break into the 136mph bracket, while giving him a vast 0.829mph in his hand too.


Moreover, it was of course achieved on a SSTK machine, raising the prospect of Hickman ditching his full-spec M 1000 RR in favour of the more scaled back version for the Senior TT finale tomorrow.

For Dunlop, second brings his week's tally to four wins and two runners-up spots, not to mention a wait to get the one win he needs to match his uncle record. He has a very strong chance of doing so later today when he takes to the start for the Supertwins TT race he begins as hot favourite.

Dean Harrison's collection of third place trophies continues to mount, his lonely run making it his fifth trip to the lower rung on the podium.

Forced to limit his involvement due to ill health, Conor Cummins was back on course for Milenco by Padgetts Honda, the Manxman looking back to his best en route to fourth.


However, the same could not be said for Davey Todd, whose on illness made him a doubt to make the start. Though he did set off down Bray Hill, he managed two laps before retiring.

Rounding out the top five, Josh Brookes consolidated FHO Racing's landmark race with a superb run to fifth place, the Aussie equalling his best result at the TT by overhauling Jamie Coward late on by just 0.490secs.

Despite losing out on fifth by such a small margin, Coward nonetheless continued his strong run of top six results, ahead of OMG Yamaha's James Hillier, while John McGuinness collected an eighth place finish on the sole running factory Honda Racing UK entry. Dominic Herbertson and Michael Rutter completed the top ten.

2023 Isle of Man TT - Superstock TT Race 2 FULL RESULTS

2023 Isle of Man TT - Superstock TT Race 2 Results [Friday 09-06-23]
1Peter HickmanMonster Energy FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR
2Michael DunlopHawk RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
3Dean HarrisonDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
4Conor CumminsMilenco by PadgettsHonda CBR1000RR-R
5Josh BrookesMonster Energy FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR
6Jamie CowardKTS Racing by SteadplanHonda CBR1000RR-R
7James HillierOMG RacingYamaha R1
8John McGuinnessHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R
9Dominic HerbertsonAperoBMW S 1000 RR
10Michael RutterBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
11Shaun AndersonTeam Classic SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000R
12Phillip CroweAppleyard AgriwashBMW M 1000 RR
13Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR
14Rob HodsonSMT RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
15Brian McCormackRoadhouse by Macau FHOBMW M 1000 RR
16Paul JordanPrez Racing by ProsperYamaha R1
17Samuel WestStreet Diner RacingBMW S 1000 RR
18Stephen SmithDP Coldplaning TC RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
19Ryan CringleAGR MotorsportsHonda CBR1000RR-R
20Allann VenterLekka Racing SandtonBMW S 1000 RR
21Michael EvansMichael Evans RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R
22David DatzerMTP RacingBMW M 1000 RR
23Mark Parrett
24Mark GoodingsSteady Away RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
25Forest DunnForest DunnYamaha R1
26Stefano BonettiSpeed MotorHonda CBR1000RR-R
27Rhys Hardisty
28Michael RussellPipewerX ExhaustsBMW S 1000 RR
29James ChawkeChawkie RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R
30Anthony RedmondReds Garage IOMBMW S 1000 RR
31Rennie ScaysbrookWilson Craig RacingHonda CBR1000RR
32Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport SyntainicsBMW S 1000 RR
33Xavier DenisPerformanX Racing TeamYamaha R1
34Baz FurberDC Motorcycles NewtownSuzuki GSX-R1000R
DNFMike BrowneBurrows Engineering RKBMW M 1000 RR
DNFDavey ToddMilenco by PadgettsHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFAmalric BlancTeam B&M / Team Gazzz 58BMW S 1000 RR
DNFDavid JohnsonC&L Fairburn JacksonHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFJames HindNorth Lins ComponentsSuzuki GSX-R1000R
DNFJulian TrummerWH Racing with DynobikeHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFRichard WilsonKH HireHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNFTimothee Monot
DNFChris SarboraMotohub UKBMW S 1000 RR
DNFPaul Potchy WilliamsPotchy's MOT StationSuzuki GSX-R1000R
DNFStephen Parsons
DNSDave HewsonObsession EngineeringBMW S 1000 RR

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