This year’s roads season was a Peter Hickman extravaganza. The Smiths BMW rider scored no less than five podiums at the Isle of Man and then went on to dominate Ulster GP practice. Hickman had to give best to Anstey in the Superbike race, bounced back with a Supersport double and a Superstock win before breaking down in the feature event. As a side issue, he also came fourth in British Superbikes.
The TT ended up not being the Hutchinson/Dunlop battle everyone was expecting. The Bingley rider won the opening Superbike race by a minute from Hickman with the same result in Superstock race but a massive crash in the Senior ended his season. Dunlop struggled throughout the fortnight but pulled it around to win the first Supersport race and the Senior.
Dean Harrison took a Superstock TT podium and also dominated at Scarborough, which has become his happy hunting ground, while also taking a Superbike win at the Ulster GP. James Hiller was also on the TT podium, bagging second in the only Supersport race and fourth in both big-bike races.
Alastair Seeley continued to take wins at will during the North West 200, claiming three more to take his tally to 21 but he was beaten to the big race win by Glenn Irwin, who also took his maiden Macau GP victory, albeit under difficult circumstances. Veteran Michael Rutter was also present and correct, pestering the top five through both the North West and TT, and taking the Supertwin win in Northern Ireland.
Derek McGee was crowned Irish Superbike champion, beating Derek Sheils after the Burrows Racing man missed an event due to best man duties, as well as Supersport and Supertwin king, which is no mean feat.
Martin Jessopp took his first two North West 200 wins this year with Supersport and Supertwin victories. Dan Kneen also bagged his first TT podium with third in the Superstock race.
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