Hickman takes debut Isle of Man TT race win
Peter Hickman notched up his first race win at the Isle of Man TT by taking a thrilling victory in the Superstock race ahead of main rival Michael Dunlop in second.
Hickman managed to take the win despite running on at a corner called Oak Tree which ended up costing him a full 20 seconds as he had to make a U-turn to rejoin the famous 37.7mile long course.
Along the way to his first TT win on his Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR Hickman claimed a new lap record with an average speed of 134.077mph. But even his own record was beaten later in the race when he became the second-fastest person ever to lap the TT course at an average speed of 134.403mph.
The Superstock class is one of those that races bikes that are the closest to the ones you can buy in motorcycle dealers. Modifications are kept to a minimum with only light engine tuning, suspension upgrades and other changes allowed; all deliberately aimed at keeping costs down. Even the tyres have to be treaded and legally qualify as road legal.
These Superstock bikes don’t have any of the really expensive parts that are used on the Superbike class bikes which have much more heavily tuned engines, pure-racing specification suspension and brakes and even change parts like the swingarm and wheels for racing items.
Despite the lower specification of the Superstock bike Hickman was riding in his debut race, he was able to lap just a tiny bit slower than the fastest average speed set by rival Dean Harrison on a Kawasaki ZX-10R just three days earlier in the Superbike TT race. His average speed record was 134.432mph.
Despite the long length of the race, by the time the front-running bikes of Hickman and Dunlop had made it around much of the final fourth lap, they were separated by just 0.1 seconds.
Hickman then sealed his win with astonishing pace across the fastest Mountain section of the course to take the win from Dunlop with Harrison in third.
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