Michael Dunlop was robbed of the chance of a 21st Isle of Man TT victory when he was forced out on the final lap of yesterday’s Bennetts Supertwin race.
Dunlop, who claimed his 20th TT win in Monday’s Supersport race, was battling with eventual winner Peter Hickman (VAS Engine Paton) when he ran into problems with his Italian Paton machine.
He stopped to make adjustments but was eventually black-flagged, leaving Hickman to close out his third win of the 2022 festival and his eighth in total at the TT.
Dunlop will now regroup and bid for a double today after the second Monster Energy Supersport race was rescheduled for 12.30pm due to inclement weather on the Isle of Man yesterday evening.
Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Aprilia) finished on the rostrum in the Supertwin race, 1m 49.281s behind Hickman, while Paul Jordan from Magherafelt sealed his first TT podium with a fine ride to third on the PreZ Racing Kawasaki, completing the three-lap race a further 23.256s in arrears.
Hickman, who was leading Dunlop by only half-a-second at Glen Helen on the last lap with the outcome in the balance, said: “To even have a chance at winning is great and it’s a shame he didn’t make it to the end, because it would have been nice to have had a battle right to the end.
“But I’m really happy and I’m over the moon. To even be close to a Dunlop on a little bike is a massive thing.”
Hickman set the fastest speed of the race on his last lap at 121.293mph.
An emotional Jordan was lost for words after achieving a long-held dream of a TT podium.
“No words can describe how it feels,” he said.
“I’m blown away. I was really struggling to pull sixth gear over the Mountain because of the wind, but I just kept the head down and kept chipping away.”
French newcomer Pierre Yves Bian (VAS Engine Paton) was fourth, 6.9s behind Jordan, with the top six completed by Michael Rutter (ILR/Coverdale Paton) and Rob Hodson (Dafabet Kawasaki.)
Jamie Coward was a retirement when the Yorkshire rider was running in third on the KTS/Steadplan Kawasaki on the second lap.
Meanwhile, the TT organisers yesterday revealed they made a mistake after announcing the death of French Sidecar passenger Olivier Lavorel following a crash at Ago’s Leap on Saturday. The ill-fated race was abandoned and re-run on Monday.
In a shocking statement, the organisers said there had been a case of mistaken identity, with Lavorel’s driver, César Chanal, now named as the fatal victim. Lavorel is alive but remains in a critical condition in hospital in Liverpool.
An investigation has been launched into the blunder.