Isle of Man TT: Cummins quickest as qualifying finally resumes

Isle of Man TT: Cummins quickest as qualifying finally resumes

Manxman Conor Cummins set the fastest Superbike speed in Sunday’s qualifying session for the Isle of Man TT.

Despite strong winds and damp patches around the Mountain Course, the Honda rider lapped at 128.92mph.

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Peter Hickman topped the Superstocks at 128.50mph, closely followed by Cummins with 127.17, while Lee Johnston was the quickest Supersport on 122.93

The practice session was the first held since Tuesday and only the third of the entire meeting due to poor weather.

In total, nine qualifying sessions or contingency sessions were cancelled during the past week.

Sunday’s session had been scheduled for 13:30 BST but eventually started just before 15:00 after lingering mist cleared from the Mountain section.

Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter and Jamie Coward made up the top four in the Superbike leaderboard but Harrison’s lap of 129.53 from Tuesday night remains the best of the week.

Michael Dunlop retired at the Mountain Box on his opening lap of Superbike practice on the Tyco BMW.

Harrison’s Superstock benchmark from Tuesday at 129.34 also still stands, as does his Supersport speed of 126.09 from last Sunday.

2019 Isle of Man TT top qualifying speeds


1. Dean Harrison (Eng) Kawasaki 129.53mph

2. Conor Cummins (IoM) Honda 128.92

3. James Hillier (Eng) Kawasaki 128.07

4. Michael Rutter (Eng) Honda 127.55

5. Jamie Coward (Eng) Yamaha 127.22

6. Michael Dunlop (NI) BMW 126.93


1. Dean Harrison (Eng) Kawasaki 129.34mph

2. Peter Hickman (Eng) BMW 128.50

3. Conor Cummins (IoM) Honda 127.17

4. David Johnson (Aus) Honda 126.93

5. Gary Johnson (Eng) Kawasaki 124.97

6. Sam West (Eng) BMW 124.89


1. Dean Harrison (Eng) Kawasaki 126.09mph

2. Peter Hickman (Eng) Triumph 123.92

3. Michael Dunlop (NI) Honda 123.90

4. Conor Cummins (IoM) Honda 123.71

5. Jamie Coward (Eng) Yamaha 123.19

6. James Hillier (Eng) Kawasaki 122.91

Source: Isle of Man TT: Cummins quickest as qualifying finally resumes

Video: Laverty targets Misano for return

Video: Laverty targets Misano for return

Eugene Laverty hopes to make his World Superbike comeback it Italy next month as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury.

The Toomebridge rider sustained injuries to both wrists during practice at Imola on 10 May.

Laverty also missed three rounds of the WSBK Championship last year through injury after an accident in Thailand.

Source: Video: Laverty targets Misano for return

TT 2019: Dean Harrison tops Tuesday Superbike and Superstock times

TT 2019: Dean Harrison tops Tuesday Superbike and Superstock times

Dean Harrison picked up where he left off as the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider headed the Superbike and Superstock times during the second Isle of Man TT qualifying session on Tuesday evening.

In dry but cold and windy conditions, Harrison – who recorded the fastest Supersport lap of practice week so far on Sunday at 126.09mph – jumped to the top of the Superbike leader-board with his final lap of the evening, clocking a speed of 129.53mph.

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The 30-year-old also set the pace in the Superstock class at 129.34mph on his ZX-10RR.

Harrison was using his number two Superbike machine after an issue developed with his Kawasaki moments before he was due to set off from the start line at Glencrutchery Road.

In an incident-packed qualifying session, Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson crashed out at the fast 11th Milestone on his second lap. The 16-time TT winner was reported as ‘OK’.

Peter Hickman pulled out at Quarter Bridge on his very first lap on the Smiths Racing BMW. The current outright lap record holder returned to the paddock and went out on his Trooper Beer Smiths Triumph, setting the quickest lap of the event in the Supersport class at 123.92mph.

Manx rider Conor Cummins put down an early marker with a lap of 128.09mph from a standing start on his Superbike. The Ramsey man was on a hot lap on his second flying lap on the Milenco by Padgett’s Racing Honda, but Cummins was black flagged after it was reported that his Fireblade was smoking.

However, Cummins said there was no issue with his 1000cc machine.

“The bike is absolutely fine and there is nothing wrong with it,” he said. “But it’s about safety and if you get a black flag then you pull in.”

Cummins remained second fastest on the Superbike charts ahead of James Hillier, who lapped at 128.07mph on the Quattro Plant/Wicked Coatings Kawasaki.

Michael Dunlop was fourth quickest on his Tyco BMW machine, setting his fastest lap at 126.93mph. The 18-time TT winner was on a flying final lap, matching Harrison’s time as he set the fastest sector times of the evening to Ballaugh, Ramsey and the Bungalow before rolling right off the pace on the run from Cronk ny Mona to the Grandstand.

Hutchinson was credited with the fifth fastest Superbike lap of the night at 125.39mph, which put him ahead of Michael Rutter on the Bathams/Aspire-Ho Honda RCV (126.48mph) and Jamie Coward on the Prez Racing Yamaha (126.39mph).

Derek McGee was 12th fastest on his NJ Doyne Kawasaki at 124.40mph ahead of last year’s top newcomer, Davey Todd, who did 124.29mph on the BMW.

John McGuinness was 15th fastest on the Norton SG8, lapping at 123.73mph as he slotted in behind Waterford’s Brian McCormack (124.18mph).

In the Superstock class, Australian rider David Johnson was second fastest behind Harrison, posting a speed of 126.63mph on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

Sam West was third on the PRL BMW at 124.89mph, followed by Northern Ireland’s Lee Johnston, who lapped at 124.49mph on the Ashcourt Racing BMW.

Michael Dunlop did 124.11mph on his MD Racing BMW to slot into fifth ahead of Daley Mathison on the BMW (124.09mph), with Peter Hickman next on the Smiths BMW (123.08mph) as the English rider completed one lap on his Superstock machine.

Dublin’s Derek Sheils was ninth fastest on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki (122.78mph).

Mullingar rider Derek McGee went second fastest in the Supersport class behind Hickman, recording a lap of 122.04mph on his Kawasaki. Lee Johnston was third on his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha (122.05mph) followed by John McGuinness on the Milenco by Padgett’s Honda (119.93mph).

Magherafelt’s Paul Jordan clocked 118.88mph to secure the fifth fastest Supersport time of the evening on the RC Express Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki.

Source: TT 2019: Dean Harrison tops Tuesday Superbike and Superstock times

TT 2019: Monday's practice session cancelled due to poor weather

TT 2019: Monday’s practice session cancelled due to poor weather

Monday’s Isle of Man TT qualifying session has been cancelled due to poor weather.

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The planned schedule will now be transferred over to Tuesday.

Clerk of the Course, Gary Thompson, said:


‘Tonight’s practice/qualifying session has been cancelled due to inclement weather ie. it’s raining heavily. Tomorrow night’s session will run to tonight’s schedule – Superbike/Superstock/Supersport followed by Sidecars’.

Source: TT 2019: Monday’s practice session cancelled due to poor weather

Donington BSB: Fores on the Fireblade is smiling again after triple podium

Donington BSB: Fores on the Fireblade is smiling again after triple podium

Spaniard Xavi Fores has revealed that he’s smiling again after racking up three Bennetts British Superbike podiums, despite wheel spin woes that he admits limited his pace.

And Honda Racing’s leading man believes this weekend’s round, where he bagged three podiums on the trot, could be a turning point for his season.

Fores led both of today’s races before being deposed by winner Scott Redding as the Fireblade pilot fell into a three-way battle with Tarran Mackenzie and double third-place man Tommy Bridewell.

And while he feels the factory Honda squad made significant progress this weekend, he knows he now needs to keep the momentum going.

“I expect some tough fights this weekend because I didn’t feel quite good on the bike when we arrive here,” Fores revealed. “We worked really hard on the bike to have the setup that permits me to be fast and constant on my laps. Especially in this last race I felt a little bit worse, especially on the apex.

“I had so much spin and I was trying to manage that situation with throttle, trying to be more smooth.

“I did some laps with Tarran fighting for second place and Scott was going. When I overtake him for the last time I was pushing so hard in order to get some gap, but it was not enough to catch Scott because he was so fast and no mistakes from him.”

Fores is looking up as the series heads to Brands Hatch and believes his points haul from Donington, which puts him fifth in the title chase, is more like a victory.

“This race in second position feels like more than a win for me with all the job we did inside the box. After the results at Oulton Park I didn’t expect three podiums in a row.

“We did a really good job during the whole weekend and fighting with the Ducatis and Yamahas shows we have good potential.

Source: Donington BSB: Fores on the Fireblade is smiling again after triple podium

Isle of Man TT: 'The perception is we're crazy, maybe we are' – Hickman

Isle of Man TT: ‘The perception is we’re crazy, maybe we are’ – Hickman

Isle of Man TT lap record holder Peter Hickman says riding the Mountain Course is “all calculated” despite the perception that “it’s all a bit crazy”.

Hickman set a new circuit benchmark of 135.542mph in winning the Senior TT last year, having triumphed in the Superstock class earlier in the week.

“You’re in your zone – you know what you’re doing,” said the 32-year-old.

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“From the outside it looks mental, more dramatic, but when you’re on your bike it doesn’t seem that way.”

“The perception is maybe we’re all a bit crazy and maybe we are just a little bit,” added the Burton-on-Trent rider.

“So many people say ‘one minute you’re there chatting about what you need to do and where you need to go faster and the next minute you’re doing 185mph going down Bray Hill’.”

Hickman’s flying final lap saw him edge out long-time leader Dean Harrison to take victory in the blue riband event of last year’s races but the double TT winner believes it could have been even faster had he not been held up by some slower riders.

“I got held up on that 135mph lap – when I watched the lap back I surprised myself how many people I actually catch and have to pass.

“I was quite patient with a lot of them as well. You have to be. It’s not a short circuit – you can’t just bully your way past. You have to be a lot more thoughtful of everything around you.

“Not much comes close to riding round the TT, never mind setting a lap record and taking my first TT wins. It was epic all round.”

The Lincolnshire rider will compete for the Smith’s Racing team for the third successive year, piloting the new BMW Superbike and Superstock machines, as well as a Supersport Triumph and a Norton in the Lightweight Supertwins.

He has finished fourth and fifth in the British Superbike series over the last two years but has successfully transferred his talents to the roads.

“BSB is a completely different style of riding. We still ride 100% at the TT – it’s just a different style of riding.

“In BSB you are absolutely on the limit, close to crashing every single corner, and if you aren’t you will have four people come up the inside of you.

“At the TT you’re not racing other people – you’re racing yourself and you’re racing the track, so because of that you’ve got room and space to ride it but differently.

“I come to the TT because I enjoy it and I want to do it. I want to ride a bike, have fun and go and do 160mph wheelies down a road and pull some big skids.

“The by-product of that is that we’ve managed to win some races. It’s not the ‘be-all and end-all’ for me. Of course I want to win but I’m here to enjoy myself and have fun and I think that’s why it works for me so well. I don’t over-think the thing.”

Source: Isle of Man TT: ‘The perception is we’re crazy, maybe we are’ – Hickman