You would think that Dean Harrison would be sick of Peter Hickman by now. Harrison has finished exactly one spot behind Hickman in the Superstock TT, Superbike TT and both Supersport TT races this week. The pattern even extended back to last year’s Senior TT, where Harrison led for five and a half laps before Hickman dropped a record-breaking final lap to steal the win.
For the 2019 Senior TT, Harrison finally gained the upper hand, wrapping up this year’s TT with a win over his rival. The script was flipped in this year’s Senior TT, with Hickman leading the first four laps before a technical issue cut his pace on the fifth lap. Harrison took advantage, taking the lead and holding it through the sixth and final lap for the win, averaging a speed of 130.824 mph.
Hickman led by nearly 18 seconds when his BMW S1000RR began to overheat. Hickman started to lose seven to eight seconds to Harrison through every sector but still managed to hold on to second.
Conor Cummins completed the podium in third place, which he held for nearly the entire race.
The win was Harrison’s first in the Isle of Man TT, and put a stop to Hickman’s attempt at being the fourth man to win four TTs in a week.
|2019 Isle of Man TT: Dunlop Senior TT Top Six Results|
|1||Dean Harrison||Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering||1:43:49.521||130.824 mph|
|2||Peter Hickman||BMW/Smiths Racing||1:44:42.583||129.719 mph|
|3||Conor Cummins||Honda/Milenco by Padgett’s||1:44:48.400||129.599 mph|
|4||Michael Dunlop||BMW/Tyco BMW||1:45:16.230||129.028 mph|
|5||James Hillier||Kawasaki/Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings||1:46:19.873||127.740 mph|
|6||Davey Todd||BMW/Penz13.com||1:46:22.441||127.689 mph|
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Dean Harrison won a dramatic Dunlop Senior TT race on Friday morning, the final race of the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider taking the lead after long time leader Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) ran into trouble on the fifth lap.
Hickman had opened up a near 18-second lead at two-thirds race distance but he slowed when the bike overheated on the penultimate lap of the Mountain Course which allowed Harrison to sweep through for his third TT victory. Hickman held on for second – 53.062s behind – with Conor Cummins (Milenco by Padgetts Honda) taking third.
With good conditions all around the course, Hickman led from Harrison at Glen Helen first time around but – as expected – it was close with the gap just 0.351s. The duo had already opened up a near six-second advantage over third placed Cummins. Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter and David Johnson were lying in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively but James Hillier clearly had an issue during the first sector and was down in 21st place.
Harrison nudged ahead at Ballaugh by two tenths of a second but by Ramsey Hickman was back in front albeit by just a tenth of a second. Cummins was now over 11 seconds in arrears and while Dunlop remained in fourth, he was only 0.024s behind the Manxman. Johnson had now overhauled Rutter for fifth with the latter coming under pressure from Davey Todd.
An opening lap of 134.284mph – which proved to be the fastest lap of the race and the meeting – gave Hickman a 2.2s lead over Harrison with Cummins still in third but now over 14s adrift. He only led Dunlop by 0.824s as Johnson maintained fifth but Todd had now moved up to sixth with his first ever 130mph+ lap. Twenty three time TT Race winner John McGuinness retired at the Bungalow while Hillier had clawed his way back up to 11th.
Harrison reduced his deficit to Hickman by four tenths at Glen Helen on the second lap with Cummins pulling away from Dunlop – the gap between the two now more than three seconds. Johnson was ten seconds behind the 19-time TT Race winner in fifth but six seconds clear of sixth placed Todd.
At Ramsey, Hickman had extended his lead to 3.4s and aided by another superb run over the Mountain, a second lap of 134.28mph, which was, amazingly, only 0.022s slower than his first lap, saw the gap stretch to 8.067s. Cummins continued in third although Dunlop closed the gap slightly but Johnson retired at Bedstead which allowed Todd and Rutter to move up to fifth and sixth respectively. It was double disappointment for Honda as Ian Hutchinson retired at the pits.
After the first round of pit stops, Hickman’s lead had grown to ten seconds by the time he got to Glen Helen on the third lap and Cummins had also pulled away from Dunlop in the battle for the final podium spot, the difference now almost 11 seconds. Rutter had closed in on Todd though and they were split by only 1.4s.
By the end of the third lap – half race distance – Hickman had added more time to his advantage and the Burton upon Trent rider’s lead had increased to a formidable looking 13.48s. Cummins was looking safe in third as he now had a healthy gap of almost 16 seconds over Dunlop but although Rutter had got to within a second of Todd at Ramsey, the youngster enjoyed a seven-second gap over his more experienced rival as they headed out onto lap four. Hillier was now running in seventh.
Coming into the second pit stop, Hickman’s lead over Harrison had increased again, up now to 17.6s, after lapping at 133.55mph as Cummins got more and more secure in third. Todd remained in fifth but Hillier was continuing to work his way back up the leaderboard and a near 131mph lap saw him close to within 3.1s of Todd.
The pit stops saw a significant change at the top of the timings though and by Glen Helen on the fifth lap, Harrison had brought the lead down to 7.9s as Hickman went through the first sector over nine seconds slower than his Kawasaki rival. The drama continued and at Ballaugh, Harrison had brought the gap down to just 1.1s with Hickman going through the subsequent Sulby speed trap at just 159mph, 30mph slower than Harrison!
Going through Ramsey for the penultimate time, there was a new race leader as Harrison took the lead for the first time and he now led by almost eight seconds. Hickman was losing seven to eight seconds to Harrison through every sector but although he was now over 18s behind, he continued on to his sixth and final lap.
Harrison pressed on and with an untroubled final lap, he duly took his third TT win by 53.062s but with Hickman’s pace slowing, all eyes fell on whether or not he could hold onto second place. He did it – just – as he held off Cummins by 5.8s.
Dunlop had a comfortable fourth place and it was Hillier who got the verdict over Todd for fifth, the latter setting a personal best lap of 131.49mph on the sixth lap in just his second year at the TT. Michael Rutter, Jamie Coward – who recorded his first 130mph lap – Brian McCormack and Dominic Herbertson completed the top ten.
The race results enabled Hickman to regain the Joey Dunlop TT Championship he last won in 2017 with 111 points, 13 ahead of Harrison (98) with Hillier in third (69). Hickman will receive a Bremont watch from the TT’s Official Timing Partner.
After twice previously finishing second, Coward won the TT Privateer’s Championship with the maximum 125 points after being the top privateer in all five of the races. McCormack (61) finished second with Paul Jordan (58) in third.
Kawasaki won the Manufacturer’s Award with Smiths Racing taking the Team Prize for the third year in a row.