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DOUBLE TT VICTORY FOR HICKMAN AND SMITHS RACING

The Gloucester-based Smiths Racing team and Lincolnshire rider Peter Hickman enjoyed a superb day of racing at the Isle of Man TT races with the 32 year old joining a select band of riders to win two races in a day around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course as he took victory in both the Monster Energy Supersport race two and the Royal London 360 Superstock races.

Having originally been scheduled for 10.45am yesterday, the Supersport race, cut from four laps to two, eventually got underway at 12.55pm today and with dry conditions all around the Mountain Course, a superb opening lap of 127.21mph saw Hickman grab the lead on the 675cc Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph.

Just like last year’s Senior TT race, it turned into a head to head battle between Hickman and Dean Harrison and half way round the second and final lap, the duo were split by just 0.3s meaning it was all going to come down to the final run over the Mountain.   Going through Ramsey, the difference between Hickman and Harrison was the same but utilising his strength over the Mountain, Hicky was able to edge away and, aided by the fastest lap of the race at 128.14mph, he took the win by just over three seconds to record his fourth TT win in total and his first in the Supersport category, adding to Monday’s Superbike win also.

Two hours later, Peter was back in action on the Smiths BMW S1000RR for the three-lap Superstock race and the Waddington-based rider stamped his authority on the race right from the word go, his lead over Harrison already close to two seconds at Glen Helen on the opening lap.   With the fastest lap of the race of 132.025mph, Hickman led by nine seconds at the end of the first lap and although Harrison brought that down marginally at Glen Helen second time around, that was as close as it got. From then on, Peter extended his advantage over his Kawasaki rival and he eventually took the chequered flag some 26 seconds clear to secure his second TT win of the day, the third of the week and his fifth in total.

Peter Hickman: The morning’s practice lap helped me for the Supersport race and rather than having a slow first sector, it was the opposite on this occasion and seeing ‘P1’ on my first pit board was a pretty nice feeling! There was never much between us and to lap at 128mph given the fact I’d only had four laps on the bike today is pretty good but to get the win is even better. The input we’ve had this year from Triumph has certainly helped and having come close a few times before, it’s great to have finally won a Supersport TT race.

With regards to the Superstock bike, everything’s just clicked this year and it was nice to have a TT race where I had a decent lead and could enjoy it properly rather than having to bite the screen on the last lap! It wasn’t easy, a TT race never is, but I felt comfortable on the bike and it worked perfectly throughout the three laps. The team have done a great job all week and to be sitting here now with my third win of the week feels pretty special.”

Darren Jones, Team Co-ordinator: “Two wins in a day and three in a week feels pretty special. Pete’s riding brilliantly and the team have been nothing short of superb. It hasn’t been an easy week by any stretch, but everyone’s kept plugging away and maintained a great attitude and it’s paid off with three wins and another podium. We’ve picked up from where we left off last year and, for me, we have the best team in the paddock. It’s a family team and a bunch of mates going racing but we’re pretty good at what we do. Fair play to BMW and Triumph as well. We’ve had very limited track time with the BMW, but it’s proven just how good a bike it is whilst Triumph have increased their support this year and it’s paid off with the win today. We’ve one more race now tomorrow so we’ll keep working and see if we can end on a high.”

Monster Energy Supersport race (2 laps)

1 Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph)

2 Dean Harrison (Kawasaki)

3 James Hillier (Kawasaki)

4 Conor Cummins (Honda)

5 Jamie Coward (Yamaha)

6 Michael Dunlop (Honda)

 

RL360 Superstock TT race (3 laps)

1 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

2 Dean Harrison (Kawasaki)

3 David Johnson (Honda)

4 Michael Dunlop (BMW)

5 Conor Cummins (Honda)

6 Michael Rutter (BMW)

 

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