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Ulster Grand Prix wins back 'World's Fastest Road Race' title as Peter Hickman seals Thursday double at Dundrod

Peter Hickman celebrates after setting a new world record lap speed at 136.415mph on his way to winning the Thursday Superbike race at the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman celebrates after setting a new world record lap speed at 136.415mph on his way to winning the Thursday Superbike race at the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.
Lee Johnston (Yamaha) and Peter Hickman (Triumph) had a nip and tuck battle for the Supersport victory.
Lee Johnston (Yamaha) and Peter Hickman (Triumph) had a nip and tuck battle for the Supersport victory.

The Ulster Grand Prix can once again bill itself as the world's fastest road race after Peter Hickman clocked a stunning 136mph lap on his way to a Thursday double at Dundrod.

It was Hickman who had taken the title to the Isle of Man when he completed a lap record of 135.452mph in the 2018 Senior TT.

But he has now beaten previous record holder Dean Harrison with a 136.415mph lap in Thursday's Superbike race.

Unsurprisingly, it helped Hickman take the victory over Harrison himself, whose record was beaten by 1.8mph.

Hickman had stretched his advantage to 5.6 seconds by the time the race was red flagged for an incident that did not result in any serious injuries. Conor Cummins completed the podium ahead of the top local rider Lee Johnston.

Michael Dunlop had earlier been ruled out of the day's action after he aggravated a wrist injury in practice. The Ballymoney man is hopeful he can compete in Saturday's Superbike and Supersport races.

Hickman, who had led Wednesday's practice times, went on to complete a Thursday double by pipping Johnston to Supersport success.

As in the Superbike race, it was lap three before Hickman hit the front, except this time his rival hit back, Johnston regaining the advantage a lap later.

The two were neck and neck on the final fifth lap but Hickman managed to get across the line to deny Johnston a full set of major Supersport wins after he took top spot at the NW200 and the Isle of Man TT.

Dean Harrison came in third after Davey Todd was forced to retire with machinery difficulties.

Magherafelt's Paul Jordan took the Supetwin victory while Neil Kernohan and Michael Dokoupil accounted for the Lightweight and 125/Moto 3 races.

Rain forecasts suggest Saturday's seven-race calendar could be interrupted.

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