Yesterday's historic 5 races in a day
programme was partly due to the information received from the met
office regarding the impending arrival of Storm Miguel.
Miguel has caused havoc through Spain and France and was making its
way north. It was predicted to hit the Isle of Man around lunch time
today (Friday). In light of this information the second Locate IM
Sidecar race was moved forward to Thursday and the Dunlop Senior TT
brought forward to a 10 o'clock start on Friday morning.
The positivity and acceptance of adversity of TT fans is something
you cannot help but admire. Yet again, the crowds flooded to the
track, swelled by the Manx locals who were having their traditional
Senior Race day public holiday. I haven't witnessed any
conversations of dissent against what the organisers have tried to
do to fulfill the race programme. Everyone I have spoken to will be
coming back next year. Most believe we spoilt rotten last year and
this year is the price we have had to pay!!
There was a fifteen minute delay to the start of the Dunlop Senior
TT which I believe was due to a road sweeper cleaning debris off the
track. The wind had dropped and there was a high cloud covering as
the race got under way, the biggest concern was whether Miguel would
arrive early and that the race would be cut short. To date only two
races have gone their full distance, the first Locate IM Sidecar
Race over 3 laps and the one lap SES TT Zero Race, not that it was
feasible to cut the latter short.
Conor Cummins lead the field away, Lee Johnston being a notable non
starter due to machine problems. Michael Dunlop went wide at
Quarterbridge and James Hillier over shot at Ballacraine. Peter
Hickman and Dean Harrison battled for the lead with the Smiths
Triumph gradually pulling away. John McGuinness retired his Norton
at the Bungalow first time round, to end for him, quite a miserable
TT. His only podium coming from his second spot in the SES Zero
race. Hopefully he will be back for the Classic TT and repeat last
It was not a good day for Honda, Ian Hutchinson retired in the pits
at the end of the second lap and almost immediately news came in
that David Johnson had retired at Bedstead Corne. Hickman pressed
on, increasing his lead over Harrison who responded and reduced the
deficit. At the start of the fifth lap Hickman lead Harrison by
nearly 19 seconds with Cummins third and Michael Dunlop fourth.
Hickman's bike was starting to overheat and by Glen Helen there was
a big chunk taken out of his lead. At Ramsey his chance of winning
had gone as Harrison was now leading, there was speculation that he
would pit at the end of the lap. To the surprise of radio
commentator Tim Glover he sailed straight through to start his last
lap. Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki) went on to
a well deserved victory by win 43 seconds. The real question was
whether Connor Cummins could catch the ailing Hickman and
unfortunately for the Manxman re ran out of road and missed out on
the runners up spot by 5.8 seconds. Hickman still had the
satisfaction of posting the fastest lap of the race. In persevering
to finish second enabled him to win the Joey Dunlop Championship,
which he last won in 2017.
Dean Harrison, Dean celebrating his
Dunlop sponsored Senior TT victory.
Michael Dunlop's TYCO BMW complete
with the traditional Senior TT yellow plate
The winning machine......Aah that's
where the missing time board went!!
The Senior TT scoreboard, note that
the final time board is missing (Bottom left)
A really exciting race, over the full
distance with no hint of rain. A great race to conclude a quite
frustrating TT and Miguel had kept his distance.
The very impressive Jaime Coward, not only at the TT but also at the
Pre TT Classic, won the TT Privateer's Championship. Kawasaki won
the Manufacturers Award and Smiths Racing took the Team Prize for
the third year running. The Sidecars were not to be outdone with the
Birchalls winning the overall SIdecar Trophy and also the Motul Team
Award for Technical Excellence. Ryan and Callum Crowe, who were
denied a start in the second sidecar race due to an electrical
fault, deservedly won the RST Stars of Tomorrow Award. Peter Hickman
won the TT Supporters Club Trophy for being the overall winner of
the Monster Energy Supersport Race.
The presentation of the Susan Jenness Trophy to Julie Canipa will be
covered in a separate blog.
Photographs by Mike Hammonds