Forging New Heroes

Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison join Michael Dunlop as the men to beat as lap records tumble

Although Michael Dunlop won three races in 2018 – the Superbike, Lightweight and first Supersport - the meeting signalled the arrival of two new stars at the front of the field – Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman who took the races to unprecedented heights.

Dunlop opened up with a Superbike victory and followed it up with victory in the first Supersport and Lightweight races while Harrison took the honours in the second Supersport race but the pair were eclipsed by Hickman whose stunning victory in the Superstock race – his maiden win – was merely a precursor to a sensational Senior race that saw him pass Harrison on the last lap with a new outright lap record of 135.452mph.