HICKMAN HITS 130MPH
Fastest lap record holder, Peter Hickman set the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy alight on Monday evening with the first 130mph lap of the event, with a speed of 130.72mph onboard his Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW.
Overnight rain and a damp start to the day thankfully cleared and conditions were dry all around the course, although delays meant it wasn’t until 18.51 that the session got underway. This year's one to watch and 2019 Senior TT winner, Dean Harrison was the first man off aboard his DAO Racing Kawasaki, shortly followed by Michael Rutter (Bathams Ales), Shaun Anderson (Crendon Suzuki by Hawk Racing), Brian McCormack (FHO Racing BMW/ The Roadhouse Macau) and Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee BMW Motorrad).
DEAN HARRISON WAS FIRST ON THE ROAD FOR SECOND QUALIFYING SESSION
Yesterday's man of the moment, Davey Todd's strong start continued as the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles rider set the fastest lap in the Superstock class at 129.58mph, and finished third overall in the Superbike class. Todd's Superbike result put him clear of team-mate Conor Cummins (127.91mph) and Manxman Nathan Harrison (125.67mph), the latter having a great start to his maiden TT.
GLENN IRWIN CONTINUED TO IMPRESS ON HIS TT DEBUT
Glenn Irwin’s opening lap, on the Superstock Honda, was 120.16mph, the Ulsterman struggling slightly with tendonitis. However, the newcomer continued to get to grips with the Mountain Course again leading the way as his second lap at 122.92mph although both Milo Ward (118.24mph) and Joe Loughlin (117.97mph) impressed. put him fifth quickest on the Superstock leaderboard and 18th overall with fellow newcomer Milo Ward (TC Racing/DP Coldplaning Honda) also going well at 118.24mph. Equally impressive was Joe Loughlin’s lap of 117.97mph in the Supersport division on the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Yamaha.
LOCAL LAD NATHAN HARRISON GOT OVER THE 125MPH MARK IN HIS FIRST TT
Hickman, Johnston and Dominic Herbertson were three of the leading contenders to switch to their Supersport mounts for their third lap but, unfortunately, an incident for Sam West at Laurel Bank brought out a red flag and the session to an end just before 8pm – the rider reported conscious with hand and leg injuries.
As solo riders were required to return to the Grandstand, the sidecar session was cancelled for today.