Smiths BMW’s Peter Hickman took his third TT 2019 win, and the second of the day, with a 26s domination of the RL360 Superstock race.
Hickman was in a class of his own on the big S1000RR and Harrison had no answer for him. Honda’s David Johnson took a narrow third from Michael Dunlop on the final lap.
The 32-year old seized control on the first lap with a speed of 132.025mph giving him a 9.026s lead over Harrison as the riders all made their mandatory pit stop in the race that had been reduced from four laps to three. Michael Dunlop was just over four seconds behind Harrison but 6.7s ahead of James Hillier although the Kawasaki rider picked up a 30s pit lane speeding penalty which dropped him down the order to ninth.
Hickman’s lead at Glen Helen had come down to 5.8s as Harrison made his bid to close the gap and it looked like it was now a two-horse race with Dunlop over eleven seconds in arrears in third. Johnson had moved up to fourth, courtesy of a superb pit stop, from Conor Cummins and Michael Rutter as Hillier went through in ninth.
As the lap unfolded, Hickman began to reassert his authority and his second lap of 128.13mph gave him a healthy lead of 16.576s over Harrison as he headed into his third and final lap of the 37.73-mile course. The battle for third was hotting up though as Dunlop was now only 3.2s ahead of Johnson whilst Hillier had fought his way back up to seventh.
Throughout the final lap, Hickman continually pressed home his advantage, his lead over Glen Helen third time around up to 18.078s but Johnson had now moved up to third at the expense of Dunlop, although the gap between the pairing was only 0.784s. At Ballaugh it was even closer with Dunlop having closed to within 0.114s.
Hickman wasn’t going to be denied his fifth TT win though and with a final lap speed of 131.38mph, he took the chequered flag by 26.045s with Harrison taking his second runner-up spot of the day, and third of the week.
Dunlop had nosed ahead of Johnson at Cronk ny Mona but the Australian pushed that little bit harder on the last sector to get the better of the Ulsterman by just 0.208s. Cummins and Rutter took fifth and sixth with Hillier, Davey Todd, Jamie Coward and Gary Johnson completing the top ten.