Isle of Man TT Thursday results: Peter Hickman completes hat-trick with stunning 26 second Superstock success
Peter Hickman has completed a hat-trick of victories at this year's Isle of Man TT with a Thursday double.
The Burton rider came out top in Monday's red-flagged Superbike race, added the Monster Energy Supersport crown when he edged out Dean Harrison after a thrilling battle in Thursday's opening race, and then cruised to victory in the RL360 Superstock race, again seeing off the challenge of second-placed Harrison.
It was straight forward from start to finish, Hickman as much as 13 seconds clear during the second lap and easing to a 26 second victory at the finish.
There was heartache in Michael Dunlop's bid for a first podium of the week, beaten into third by David Johnson by just 0.208 seconds.
"Wow," he told Manx Radio. "I don't know what it is about the SUperstock class, the last couple of years I've been so strong in it.
"I don't know what to say. I don't even necessarily feel I have to try so much. It just clicks and away I go. I'm not going to say cruising but I just sat there. The bike works awesome.
"Every single season at the North West, we won the race and now we've come here and done the same."
In the earlier Supersport race, Harrison had looked like threatening the eventual winner but Hickman puled away at the close to seal a 3.302 second success. James Hillier completed the top three, coming in 4.554 seconds behind the winner.
Harrison pulled out his best lap of 128.02mph to keep the pressure on in the second of the two-lap race but that wasn't enough to stop Hickman, coming in with a 128.14mph lap to win his fourth race at the TT, adding to the 2018 Senior TT and Superstock success.
"We've been trying so hard on the 600 to win a race at the TT," he told Manx Radio after his Supersport win. "The bike's been absolutely mega. I just needed to pull my finger out, especially on that first sector. I normally get going in the last half of the race but because I had a Superbike practice in this morning, it got me going.
"That race is only my sixth lap this week but the bike was awesome, I'm very happy."
Ashcourt Racing's Lee Johnston was, of course, aiming to make it a Supersport double after his Monday success but came in ninth, three places behind Michael Dunlop.
Runner-up Harrison was just delighted to see racing get under way after washouts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"If anybody has any ideas, let me know," he laughed about how he could catch the race winner.
"That was maximum effort. I didn't have much left there. I knew it was going to be tough but the sun's shining, we've got blue skies and I'm just pleased everyone here can see a bit (of racing)."
In Thursday's sidecar race, Tom and Ben Birchall dominated to win by over 20 seconds.
Monster Energy Supersport 2 results
1. Peter Hickman
2. Dean Harrison +3.302
3. James Hillier +7.856
4. Conor Cummins +16.451
5. Jamie Coward +20.998
6. Michael Dunlop +42.628
1. Tom and Ben Birchall
2. John Holden and Lee Cain +20.511
3. Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley +54.894
4. Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes +2:03.702
5. Gary Bryan Philip Hyde +2:06.242
6. Estelle Leblond and Frank Claeys +3:02.446
RL360 Superstock results
1. Peter Hickman
2. Dean Harrison +26.045
3. David Johnson +39.887
4. Michael Dunlop +40.095
5. Conor Cummins +49.243
6. Michael Rutter +56.094
1. Michael Dunlop
2. Jamie Coward +1.299
3. Lee Johnston +22.691
4. Paul Jordan +5.275
5. Michael Rutter +4.941
6. Stefano Bonetti +3.004
SES TT Zero results
1. Michael Rutter
2. John McGuinness +8.566
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