2022… | Harrison and Todd raise benchmark to skip Hickman

Dean Harrison launched to the top of the timesheets on day three of testing for the 2022 Isle of Man TT as three riders continued to establish themselves as the riders to beat in the Superbike class.

Peter Hickman having become the first driver to break the 130mph mark on Monday, he was joined and passed by Harrison and Davey Todd in Tuesday evening’s session.

After falling just short of the ‘magic marker’ a day earlier, Harrison wasted no time picking up his pace aboard the DAO Racing KawasakI ZX-10RR, clocking a 130.369 mph – just short of the Hickman’s 130.719 mph target – on his first forward revolution edging out his rival with a 131.767 mph effort.

It was raced close to Todd, however, the Milenco by Padgetts Honda rider continued the impressive start to what is only his third TT appearance by posting a new personal best of 131.655 mph.

His efforts also saw him pass Hickman on the timesheets, with the Louth driver otherwise spending his evening focusing on the Superstock-spec BMW Gas Monkey FHO, topping that class with a 130.695mph lap.

This meant a small but noticeable margin began to open up between the top three and the chasing pack, led by fourth Michael Dunlop, the Hawk Suzuki rider clocking in at 129.119 mph.

Todd’s teammate Conor Cummins made considerable gains from Monday with a lap of 128.761 mph to move up to fifth place, meaning the two privateer Padgetts Honda bikes are leading the factory Honda effort, John McGuinness standing sixth overall with a lap of 128.644 mph.

He is followed by KTS Racing’s Jamie Coward in seventh and Milwaukee BMW’s Ian Hutchinson in eighth. Sam West – who was involved in an accident on Monday – remains ninth overall, with Dominic Herbertson rounding out the top ten.

Meanwhile, Glenn Irwin continued his TT acclimatization with a new personal best of 124.947 mph.

In the Superstock class, Hickman now tops the timesheets as the only stock rider to exceed 130 mph, followed by Todd, Coward, Cummins and Harrison.

In the Supersport class, Dunlop set the fastest time on his MD Racing Yamaha R6 (125.938 mph), comfortably ahead of Harrison on the DAO Kawasaki ZX-6R at 124.817 mph. Lee Johnston sits third, ahead of Coward and James Hillier on their respective Yamaha machines.

In the Supertwins class, Coward cemented his strong showing in the Superbike and Supersport classes by leading the way among rebranded “Lightweight” bikes aboard his Kawasaki Z650.

Just below 120 mph with his 119.775 mph lap, he got the better of Hickman on the VAS Engine Racing Paton (118.983 mph), with Rob Hodson (Kawasaki), Johnston (Aprilia) and Gary Johnson (Kawasaki) completing the top five.

Finally, the Sidecars made their late debut after being ousted from Monday’s interrupted program with pre-TT favorites Brian and Tom Birchill leading with a lap of 115.663mph.

After a string of crashes Monday night, there was only one notable incident on the mountain involving Dave Moffitt, who fell at Laurel Bank. He was airlifted to Noble Hospital, but is said to be just as conscious.

Meanwhile, the five runners hospitalized on Monday have now been discharged.

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