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.”