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Peter Hickman, with the first 130mph lap, leads the way in Isle of Man TT practice


Peter Hickman enjoyed an eye-catching session

Peter Hickman enjoyed an eye-catching session

Peter Hickman enjoyed an eye-catching session

Peter Hickman threw down the gauntlet at the Isle of Man TT last night with the first 130mph lap of practice week to top the Superbike times.

The outright lap record holder managed an opening salvo of 129.37mph from a standing start on the Gas Monkey Garage BMW before upping the ante on his second lap, recording a speed of 130.719mph.

Bradford’s Dean Harrison slotted into second on his DAO Racing Kawasaki with a lap of 129.836mph, while Sunday’s fastest man Davey Todd was third overall, lapping at 129.58mph to top the Superstock charts on the Milenco by Padgett’s Honda.

Hickman said: “We had a bit of an electrical problem with the Superbike on Sunday, so I only did one lap at 119mph.

“We got it sorted and it felt alright out there. I’m happy enough and I was pretty chilled out from the start.

“Those were my first two proper laps on that bike and conditions were better than I thought they would be.”

Hickman also topped the Supersport leaderboard on the Trooper Beer Triumph at 122.324mph from Magherafelt man Paul Jordan (PreZ Yamaha), who clocked 121.711mph, while 2019 winner Lee Johnston was third on his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha with a speed of 121.353mph.

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The solo session, delayed by around half an hour because of traffic issues and a non-racing medical emergency, was red-flagged around seven minutes before it was due to finish when Sam West from Cheshire crashed at Laurel Bank, sustaining reported leg and hand injuries. 

Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop was fourth fastest in then Superbike class on the Hawk Racing Suzuki at 127.944mph, with newcomer Glenn Irwin 12th quickest on his Honda Racing Supersock machine, setting his best lap so far at 122.924mph.

Dunlop was third in the Superstock standings on his Honda after a lap of 126.597mph.

Meanwhile, Adam McLean finished fourth in the 350cc Junior Race at the Pre-TT Classic Races at Billown, which was won by Dominic Herbertson.

The Tobermore man isn’t in action at the TT after the McAdoo Racing team withdrew from the event, citing a lack of preparation after a disjointed start to the season.

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