2022 Manx GP: Dramatic lightweight victory for Browne

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Photo: Dave Kneen

Mike Browne took a dramatic win at the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon after James Hind retired on the final lap, just two miles from home.

Cut to two laps, Browne (Laylaw Racing Yamaha) took the start and edged Hind (Dennis Trollope Yamaha) by two seconds halfway through the first lap before the latter began to take off.

The 22-year-old hit the front for the first time at Ramsey Hairpin, albeit by just 0.7 seconds and with a first lap of 117.592 mph – a new MGP lap record – he led Browne by 1.856 seconds, the Irishman also improving the old trick. record at 117.403 mph.

Dominic Herbertson (115.690mph) was third on his Chapman Racing Honda with teammate Ian Lougher (113.794mph), fourth ahead of Daniel Sayle (113.787mph) and Stuart Hall (112.391mph).

Michael Dunlop (Crossan Motorcycles Honda) was absent and crossed the line at 106.775 mph before pulling into the pits to retire with his engine running too rich.

Through Glen Helen on the second and final lap, Browne had closed the gap to 1.113s but it was as close as he got as he lost time between each of the next three sectors and Sayle’s strong run ended with an abandonment to Black Dub.

Browne continued to lose ground on the mountain and Hind looked like he had the race stitched up as he led by nearly twenty seconds at the Bungalow. However, when Browne took the checkered flag there was no sign of Hind and he was reported to have stopped between Brandish and Hillberry.

Herbertson was also out as he retired at the 33rd milestone and it all meant Browne took the win by 43.8 seconds over the evergreen Lougher with a jubilant Hall in third, nine seconds ahead of Rhys Hardisty (Willson and Wilding/ Kaymac Yamaha).

Class regulars Chris Moore (Outhwaite Plant/Silverstar Yamaha) and Phil Harvey (CSC Racing Honda) finished fifth and sixth respectively ahead of Michael Sweeney (Chapman Honda), Richard Wilson (MC Racing KTM), Gareth Arnold (Jenarracing Yamaha) and Tom Snow. (Falcon Electrical Honda), with Wilson winning the award for best 250cc four-stroke.

Dunlop Lightweight 2022 race result – dry conditions

1 7 Mike Browne Yamaha TZ250 Laylaw Racing 38:43.355 116.924 Other
2 2 Ian Lougher Yamaha TZ250 Laylaw Racing 39:27.171 114.760 Other
3 10 Stuart Hall Yamaha TZ250 Stu Hall Racing 40:21.140 112.202 Other
4 16 Rhys Hardisty Yamaha TZ250 Willson and Wilding/Kaymac 40:30.133 111.786 Other
5 15 Chris Moore Yamaha TZ250 Outhwaite Factory / Silverstar 40:40.133 111.328 Other
6 11 Phil Harvey Honda RS250 CSC Racing 40:55.674 110.624 Other
7 4 Michael Sweeney Honda RS250 John Chapman Racing 42:05.710 107.556 Other
8 29 Richard Wilson KTM 250 MC Racing 42:39.798 106.124 Finisher
9 38 Gareth Arnold* Yamaha TZ250 Jenarcourse, 83 races 42:45.409 105.892 Finisher
10 25 Tom Snow Honda NSF250 Falcon Electric / PBR Racing 43:09.184 104.920 Finisher
11 33 Simon Hunt Yamaha T-Bike TZ250 Dennis Trollope / Pete Davies 43:11.483 104.826 Finisher
12 22 Adrian Morris Yamaha T-Bike TZ250 PVS Prestige Vehicle Sales 43:19,528 104,502 Paver
13 20 Will Loder Yamaha TZ250 CKS Accuracy 43:52.791 103.182 Finisher
14 19 Richard Parker Honda RS250 John Chapman Racing 43:59.329 102.926 Finisher
15 37 Adrian Skaife Honda NSF250 Golden Site Solutions Ltd 45:19.273 99.900 Finisher
16 36 David Glover Yamaha TZ250 Yellow House / CMJ Crane Services 45:30.376 99.494 Paver

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