A year after making his debut at the Isle of Man TT, when he became the second fastest newcomer ever to have lapped the Mountain Course, Davey Todd more than confirmed that potential this year, the highlight being sixth place and a lap of 131.491mph on the Penz13.com BMW in Friday’s Senior race.
Having earlier finished eighth and tenth respectively in the Superstock and Superbike races, Todd joined the 130mph Club on the opening lap of the Senior when he lapped at 130.229mph and had worked his way up to fifth at two thirds race distance. A charging James Hillier pushed him back to sixth on the final lap but Todd only lost out to his more experienced rival by 2.6s.
“To lap at more than 131mph in my second year is crazy to be honest and I never imagined I’d be doing these lap times in my second year especially as it’s been such a hard week,” Todd said afterwards.
I was trying to make too many changes on the big bike but I wasn’t making any progress so I just let the team set the bike up. They’ve got a lot of experience both with the BMW and here so I trusted them with the set up and it all clicked on the final lap of practice on Thursday night when I lapped a more than 129mph.
“I went into the Senior feeling a lot more confident and the bike was awesome to ride. I pushed hard on the last lap to try and get the better of James but he just pipped me although sixth place and a lap of 131mph, 3mph more than what I did last year, is mega. I had no issues at all during the race.”
Todd also took seventh and ninth in the two Supersport races where, riding the Milenco by Padgetts Honda, he set his best ever 600cc lap of 125.686mph
“When I came here, I just wanted to progress and build on what I did last year so I’ve acheived that with five top ten finishes and personal best laps in every class. I didn’t get many laps in practice on the 600 but the bike was incredible and I made another big jump with my speeds. The Padgetts team had the bike dialled in completely and it was amazing to ride.”