Gas Monkey BMW’s Peter Hickman took a second big-bike win of TT 2022 race week on Monday evening, pinging the M1000RR Superstocker across the line nearly 13s ahead of Manxman Conor Cummins with Davey Todd in third.
Cummins put in a 133.116mph lap on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda to take some time out of Hickman who is still on course to equal Ian Hutchinson’s record of five wins in a week.
Pushed back to a 6.35pm start and cut to three laps, with a mandatory pit stop to be taken after the first lap, it was Hickman who led through Glen Helen but it was close with Todd only 0.4 seconds adrift. Dean Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) was a further second back with Michael Dunlop (MD Racing) another second in arrears in fourth followed by Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) and Cummins as 3.7 seconds covered the top six.
By Ballaugh, Hickman’s lead had jumped up to 3.6 seconds whilst Harrison, on Metzeler tyres again after switching from Dunlop for the earlier Supersport race, was now 1.7 seconds behind Todd with Dunlop, Johnston and Cummins continuing to occupy fourth to sixth.
Hickman was really piling on the coals at the head of the field and more than doubled his lead at Ramsey to 7.6 seconds and although Todd and Harrison were continuing to circulate in second and third, there was a shuffle further back with Cummins now up to fourth ahead of Dunlop and Johnston.
Coming into the pits for fuel at the end of the lap, Hickman’s opening lap speed was a superb 132.217mph and that enabled him to stretch his lead out to an ominous looking 12.7 seconds. Todd’s lap of 130.592mph kept him in second and it was now fellow team-mate Cummins in third, 3 seconds behind, with Johnston fourth just 0.099 seconds adrift in fourth. Harrison and Dunlop slipped back to fifth and sixth.
After the pit stops and at Glen Helen second time around, Hickman’s lead had been reduced to 9.5 seconds and Harrison was back up to third with Cummins, Johnston and Dunlop now the running order further back. Jamie Coward (KTS Racing powered by Steadplan) was in seventh followed by Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee BMW Motorrad), Dominic Herbertson (Rich Energy) and John McGuinness MBE (Honda Racing UK).
As the lap unfolded, Hickman began to edge away again and as he started his third lap, he’d stretched his lead to 15.9 seconds. Todd had also edged away from the rider in third place but it was now Cummins, the local rider having again overhauled Harrison. Johnston and Dunlop remained in fifth and sixth with the former now 1.6 seconds clear of his fellow countryman.
Harrison, leading on the road, was the first through Glen Helen on lap three but Johnston didn’t get there with his strong ride ending in retirement a few miles back at Glen Vine. Meanwhile, Hickman was looking good up front with a 16.5 second lead but the same couldn’t be said for Todd who now had Cummins less than a second behind him. Harrison was still fourth with Dunlop and Coward promoted up the order after Johnston’s demise.
Todd’s hold on second came to an end at Ballaugh with Cummins having a great run from Glen Helen to move 2.6 seconds clear and although the Ramsey Rocket cut Hickman’s lead to 11.4 seconds at Ramsey Hairpin, the leader had to negotiate his way by Todd, Hutchinson and McGuinness on the run from Ballaugh to Ramsey.
Hickman wasn’t going to be denied another win though and a final lap of 132.274mph gave him victory over Cummins by 12.7 seconds. But a final lap of 133.116mph was a new personal best for the latter and his first ever over the 133mph mark.
Todd claimed his first podium in third with Dunlop, Harrison and Coward following him home, Coward taking his third consecutive sixth place finish of the 2022 TT. Hutchinson, Herbertson, McGuinness and Phil Crowe completed the top ten.
RL 360 Superstock result - conditions dry
1 10 Peter Hickman BMW M1000RR Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing 52:01.236 130.552 Silver
2 11 Conor Cummins Honda CBR1000RR-R Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles 52:13.938 130.023 Silver
3 8 Davey Todd Honda CBR1000RR-R Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles 52:21.603 129.706 Silver
4 2 Dean Harrison Kawasaki ZX-10RR DAO Racing Kawasaki 52:28.452 129.424 Silver
5 6 Michael Dunlop Honda CBR1000RR-R SP MD Racing 52:40.930 128.913 Silver
6 12 Jamie Coward Yamaha YZF-R1 KTS Racing powered by Steadplan 52:59.395 128.164 Silver
7 4 Ian Hutchinson BMW M1000RR Milwaukee BMW Motorrad 53:14.021 127.577 Silver
8 16 Dominic Herbertson BMW S1000RR Rich Energy 53:37.764 126.636 Silver
9 1 John McGuinness Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Honda Racing UK 53:45.285 126.340 Silver
10 14 Phillip Crowe BMW M1000RR Motoray / Agriwash Farm Hygiene 53:58.722 125.816 Silver
11 24 Nathan Harrison Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Quayside Tyre & Service Centre 54:13.069 125.261 Silver
12 20 Craig Neve BMW S1000RR JAB Racing 54:15.253 125.177 Silver
13 3 Michael Rutter BMW M1000RR Bathams Ales 54:24.056 124.840 Silver
14 17 Brian McCormack BMW M1000RR FHO Racing BMW /The Roadhouse Macau 54:36.050 124.383 Silver
15 33 Paul Jordan Yamaha YZF-R1 PreZ Racing by Prosper² 54:47.162 123.962 Bronze
16 25 Michael Sweeney BMW S1000RR MJR Racing 54:51.099 123.814 Bronze
17 29 Mike Browne Suzuki GSX-R1000 Burrows Engineering / RK Racing 54:56.090 123.626 Bronze
18 26 Rob Hodson Kawasaki ZX-10RR Dafabet Racing 55:00.157 123.474 Bronze
19 18 Derek Sheils BMW S1000RR Roadhouse Macau Racing 55:20.161 122.730 Bronze
20 31 David Datzer BMW S1000RR MTP-Racing by Syntainics Penz 13 55:26.949 122.480 Bronze
21 15 Samuel West BMW S1000RR The Street Diner 55:35.070 122.182 Bronze
22 41 Julian Trummer BMW S1000RR WH Racing powered by Dynobike 55:38.145 122.069 Bronze
23 23 Stefano Bonetti BMW S1000RR Speed Motor 55:52.321 121.553 Bronze
24 30 Michael Evans BMW S1000RR Heattech Racing 55:57.052 121.381 Bronze
25 42 Raul Torras Martinez Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Comercial Olle / Optimark 56:03.797 121.138 Bronze
26 34 Mark Goodings Kawasaki ZX-10R LMT Motorsport 56:12.367 120.830 Bronze
27 40 Michael Russell BMW S1000RR Pipewerx Exhausts 56:26.429 120.329 Bronze
28 52 Jonathan Perry Kawasaki ZX-10RR The People’s Bike 56:29.517 120.219 Bronze
29 45 Mike Norbury Honda CBR1000RR DC Racing 56:31.949 120.133 Bronze
30 39 Josh Daley Kawasaki ZX-10RR Josh Daley Racing 56:35.722 119.999 Bronze
31 44 Milo Ward* Honda CBR1000RR-R SP TC Racing/DP Cold Planing 56:44.916 119.675 Bronze / Newcomer
32 36 Richard Wilson BMW S1000RR Team Kibosh 56:47.142 119.597 Bronze
33 65 James Chawke Suzuki T Bike GSX-R1000 Chawkie Racing Supporters Club 56:53.063 119.390 Bronze
34 51 Xavier Denis Yamaha YZF-R1 Optimark by performanX 56:59.225 119.174 Bronze
35 27 Joey Thompson Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Wilson Craig Racing 57:23.492 118.335 Finisher
36 38 Forest Dunn Suzuki GSX-R1000R Forest Dunn Racing 57:25.988 118.249 Finisher
37 64 Rhys Hardisty BMW S1000RR Lee Williams Contractors 57:32.197 118.036 Finisher
38 46 Thomas Maxwell Kawasaki ZX-10R TM / Tolan Racing 58:45.582 115.579 Finisher