Hickman opens 2024 account with ‘gifted’ Superbike TT win

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Peter Hickman took a fortuitous win in the inaugural Superbike TT race of the 2024 Isle of Man TT, putting himself in the right position to capitalize on the disastrous stop of inaugural race winner Michael Dunlop, whose commanding lead disappeared when his visor snapped off.

Dean Harrison and Davey Todd were early leaders in the race, but were soon caught by Dunlop – who is bidding to become the most successful TT rider in history after matching his uncle Joey's all-time record of 26 wins on Saturday. At the end of the fourth lap out of six, he had built a comfortable 25-second lead.

However, when Dunlop returned to the race alongside Harrison (who had started twenty seconds ahead of him), it was immediately clear that something was wrong immediately when his sun visor (which had been changed during the pit stop) began to flap. Eventually, he stopped at Bray Hill and removed his helmet to reattach it, and Dunlop's hopes of winning the race were over.

Meanwhile, with Todd Ducati initially refusing to restart after his pit stop, it was pre-race favorite Hickman who finally got going after a slow start to the race and chased down Harrison.

By turning up the pressure in the final laps, he was able to build a five-second lead that took him comfortably to the checkered flag.

“Obviously I had some boards around the field, but I wasn't fast enough,” Hickman said of his late stint. “In the first few laps especially, I didn't seem to have the speed.

“The bike was moving a lot more than it was in practice, but to be honest, I don't think there's necessarily a problem, I just… I don't know, it was just the feeling I got from the bike, and I wasn't fast enough to be honest.” Absolutely everything works fine.

“To be fair, we've got a bit of talent, but it's an endurance race. I've lost races here with bike problems and other things, so it's swings and roundabouts, isn't it really. We've got a bit of talent, but to finish first, you've got to finish first.” To end.”

Rejoining Dunlop's side when he eventually brought his Ducati bike back in again, Todd was able to grab the back of the Northern Irishman and work with him as the pair chased Harrison, and while the gap was too big for Dunlop to close, Todd managed to steal second place, with the Factory Honda rider Harrison drove home another five seconds.

Dunlop put in an average lap of 136mph in the last of the six laps, doing heroics in his attempt to close the distance to the podium again but had to settle for fourth, a further 15 seconds behind Harrison.


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