Peter Hickman wins thrilling Senior TT battle with 135mph final lap
The 135mph barrier has been broken on the Isle of Man as Peter Hickman recorded a phenomenal final lap to edge the Senior TT over Dean Harrison.
Hickman, on his Smiths Racing BMW, recorded his second win of the week with a 135.452mph final lap around the Mountain Circuit, smashing all previous records and beating Harrison, on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, by 2.061 seconds.
The lap time also means the TT has become the fastest road race in the world, taking the title from the Ulster Grand Prix, who were quick to respond on Twitter.
Wow. We had a feeling the record would go today given the pace on the island this year, but what a last lap that is from @peterhickman60!— Ulster Grand Prix (@UlsterGrandPrix) June 8, 2018
Congrats of course to the @iom_tt on the new title, but please don't get too comfortable. We'll want it back come August! pic.twitter.com/1lqKlTpzAD
But the race will go down as one of the greatest Senior TT races to ever be staged on the Isle of Man, with Hickman overtaking Harrison right at the end on his way to the lap record.
The final place on the podium went to Conor Cummins on the Padgetts Motorcycles Honda, while Ballymoney rider Michael Dunlop - chasing a 50th winner for the Dunlop clan - had to settle for fourth on his Tyco BMW.
"What can I say? Wow! What a tough race. Dean was absolutely on it, he was leading the whole race. I could gain over the mountain but he was pushing the first two sectors," a delighted Hickman said.
"What an awesome end. Mega. I rode as hard as I could, I knew it would come down to the last half a lap."
Harrison had led from the start, just about holding off the challenges of Hickman, Cummins and Dunlop in the initial stages, but by the final couple of laps it had become a two-horse race for the chequered flag.
Despite Hickman setting a new lap record on the fourth lap, it was still Harrison who led the way into the latter stages, with Hickman in hot pursuit.
It all came down to the final lap, and when Harrison got caught up in some slow backmarkers, Hickman seized his opportunity to get out in front for the first time in the race, a position he wouldn't surrender.
When the two riders crossed the line, Harrison's lap of 134.918mph would have been enough for a new lap record had Hickman not completely smashed it with his stunning ride.
Despite being forced into second, Harrison commented: "I'm over the moon, disappointing on the last lap to get stuck between so many slow riders. I lost four seconds from Sulby Bridge onto Ramsey and I lost the race by two.
"But fair play to everyone on the podium. I can't ask for much more, what more could I do? I had the lead all race and got held back. I take the rough with the smooth and I'm just happy to be here."
1. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
2. Dean Harrison (Silcone Engineering Kawasaki)
3. Conor Cummins (padgettsmotorcycles.com Honda)
4. Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW)
5. Josh Brookes (Norton Motorcycles)
6. Gary Johnson (RAF Regulars & Reserves Kawasaki)
7. Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW)
8. Jamie Coward (Team Penz13.com BMW)
9. Davey Todd (Burrows Engineering Racing Suzuki)
10. Brian McCormack (Vanfleet Transport BMW)
Belfast Telegraph Digital