The 2015 Isle of Man TT has a first-time winner, with Ivan Lintin taking the Lightweight TT with an average speed of 118.936 mph.
Lintin, who made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2011, previously had a career-best finish of fourth place in the 2013 Lightweight TT before beating one of the favorites, James Hillier, by nearly four seconds.
Hillier led in the early going, continuing a pattern of strong starts from other races this week. Hillier was fastest to reach the Glen Helen checkpoint but Lintin was just 1.5 seconds behind. Lintin took over the lead before reaching the Ramsey Hairpin with Hillier dropping to third behind Ryan Farquhar.
Lintin was the only rider to top 119 mph on the opening lap, but Farquhar was just a bit slower followed by teammate Lee Johnston. Hillier wasn’t much further behind them. The riders then headed to refuel but Farquhar made the mistake of speeding in pit lane and was assessed a 30-second penalty.
The pit stops and the penalty shook up the leader board. Jamie Hamilton, another pre-race favorite, had gotten off to a poor start and made a strategic decision not to enter the pits after the first lap. The decision gave him a three-second lead in front of Lintin at Glen Helen.
As he did on Lap 1, Lintin gained the lead before reaching Ramsey and finished the second lap with a nearly-four-second lead over Hillier followed by Lee Johnston and Hamilton in fourth. Hamilton then decided to refuel, dropping him further back of Lintin.
Lintin was first to Glen Helen on the third and final lap, but Hillier was only 3.2 seconds behind. The two racers continued to press on the final lap, with both smashing Hillier’s own Lightweight TT lap record. Hillier average speed of 120.848 mph set the new mark but Lintin wasn’t much slower at 120.845 mph.
|2015 Isle of Man TT: Lightweight TT Race 2 Top Six Results|
|1||Ivan Lintin||Kawasaki RC Express||57:06.070||118.936 mph|
|2||James Hillier||Kawasaki Quattro||57:09.945||118.802 mph|
|4||James Cowton||Kawasaki Stewart Smith||58:05.032||116.924 mph|
|5||Jamie Hamilton||Kawasaki Cookstown Burrows||58:15.457||116.924 mph|
|6||Daniel Cooper||Kawasaki SB Tuning||58:19.594||116.438 mph|