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TT 2022: Hicky And Dunlop Unleash A Monster Energy Double Podium

Jun 052022

He came, he saw, he conquered. Peter Hickman, take a bow. 

Throughout the opening practice, and qualifying week, the five-time TT winner and outright lap record holder guided his Gas Monkey Garage-backed FHO BMW M1000RR to the first 130mph laps of the event, and then in the opening Superbike race, he went one better.

Under bright sunny skies, and heat-haze blurry tarmac Hicky delivering a performance for the ages around the 37.73-mile Snaefell Mountain Course. Dominating the race from the off, the The 35 year old rider pulled out a 40 second margin on his nearest rival - Dean Harrison - by the penultimate lap. 

Before TT 2022’s opening Superbike race, Hickman had won five Isle of Man TT races, which is no mean feat on its own, but his sixth TT win will go down as the most impressive so far.

“I managed to break the boys a bit on the first lap and that makes life a lot easier for the rest of it, once you’ve got a bit of a buffer you can relax a bit, do short shifts, save some fuel, save the engine a little bit and all of a sudden it feels like it’s all a bit easier,” he said.

“I’m really not a morning person, I don’t like mornings - I don’t like getting up. Normally we’d race at quarter to 11, but we had a warm up lap today and I think that woke me up which was why I was a bit faster on the first lap! The bike was absolutely perfect, there wasn’t a murmur out of it that shouldn’t have been. It was fast, it was stable, I could do anything I wanted with it, which is a really great feeling around here.”
 

Better still Hickman was joined on the podium by Michael Dunlop, who was pleased to bring home a top-three finish, after a tough week of qualifying, where he suffered technical issues.

 

He said: “Both Hicky and Dean are riding really fiercely, but we never found the balance we need with this bike. We've tried a lot of things and everything we seemed to try is good, but it’s just not good enough. I need to ride harder myself. The job is hard, everyone on the grid is going out there and riding as fast as they can, and this means the pace is very quick. We’ll keep working and see what we can do in the next races and the Senior TT on Friday.”

 

TT legend John McGuinness raced to a fifth-place finish in what was his 100th TT start in a special anniversary-liveried machine. After the race, he told us: “It’s been absolutely brilliant today, the reaction from the crowds has been fantastic. They were all waving me round on my last lap - it actually got me a bit emotional and I had to concentrate and not lose my train of thought and get to the finish. It really just was an electric atmosphere today; plus I had my gold leathers and gold bike, and a top-five finish. Incredible!

 

The 2022 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT continues on Monday 6th June with the first of two Monster Energy Supersport races.

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