TT 2022: Dunlop takes Supersport race two victory| Road racing staff | TT and Roads
Michael Dunlop took his second win of TT 2022 on Friday when he bagged the second Monster Supersport race win ahead of Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.
The two-lap sprint was nip and tuck between the two, as close as half a second for a majority of the 80-odd miles but Dunlop broke free on the run from Ramsey to the Bungalow and eventually crossed the line with a 3.297s advantage as Hickman lost ‘between half a second to a second’ in traffic.
DAO Kawasaki’s Harrison was 21.348s behind the Trooper Triumph rider but takes another podium on the last day of competition.
With a few damp patches around the course and windy conditions all round, it was Dunlop who led through Glen Helen first time around but only just with Hickman only 0.158 seconds in arrears whilst Harrison was third, a further 1.9 seconds behind. Davey Todd was another 1.2 seconds back in fourth on the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda closely followed by Jamie Coward (KTS Racing powered by Steadplan) and Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) with two seconds covering the trio.
By Ballaugh, Dunlop had stretched his advantage over Hickman to 0.465 seconds and Harrison had lost more ground, the Bradford rider 3.3 seconds behind Hickman. Coward had moved up to fourth, albeit by half a second, from Todd and Johnston.
Rounding Ramsey Hairpin, Harrison still led on the road but although he continued in third, he was slipping further back on time and was now 6.4 seconds behind race leader Dunlop. The gap to Hickman in second place was only half a second as they made the Mountain climb for the first time. Coward had doubled his advantage to Todd and it was now James Hillier (RICH Energy OMG Racing) in sixth.
With an opening lap of 126.655mph, Dunlop led Hickman by 0.57 seconds with Harrison now 9.9 seconds further back in third. Todd had moved back up to fourth but was only a tenth of a second ahead of Coward and with Johnston retiring at the pits, Cummins slotted into sixth place. Hillier, Dominic Herbertson and Mike Browne followed in hot pursuit.
Sweeping round Glen Helen on lap two and with less than thirty miles to go, Dunlop had extended his lead to 1.8 seconds as Hickman continued to work his way through traffic. Harrison was 9.5 seconds adrift in third and, in turn, was 13.4 seconds clear of Todd who’d added another second to his advantage over Coward. Cummins continued to circulate in sixth with Hillier, Herbertson, Browne and James Hind now the running order behind.
Back at the front, as the riders leapt Ballaugh Bridge, Hickman pegged the gap back to 1.3 seconds with both riders on lap record pace, the duo repeating their battle of the Supertwin race from two days earlier. It looked to be a two-horse race with Harrison almost 11 seconds behind in third. Todd had also strengthened his hold on fourth with the gap to Coward up to two seconds.
All eyes were on the battle for the lead though and at Ramsey, Dunlop had responded to Hickman’s charge with another three tenths of a second added to his lead, the difference between the two only 1.6 seconds as they headed up Snaefell for the final time.
At the Bungalow, Dunlop had increased his lead further to 2.7 seconds and with the fastest lap of the race, 128.536mph, he took the win from Hickman by 3.2 seconds as Harrison duly completed the race in third, the position he’d held all race.
Todd maintained fourth place to the end, his eventual margin over Coward 6.4 seconds, with Cummins in sixth ahead of Hillier, Herbertson, Browne and Paul Jordan. Hind just missed out on the top ten in 11th with Rob Hodson, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Evans and Michael Sweeney completing the top 15.
Monster Supersport race two result - conditions dry
1 6 Michael Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 MD Racing 35:29.154 127.589 Silver
2 10 Peter Hickman Triumph Daytona 765 K2 Trooper Beer by PHR Performance 35:32.452 127.391 Silver
3 2 Dean Harrison Kawasaki ZX-6R DAO Racing Kawasaki 35:53.800 126.129 Silver
4 8 Davey Todd Honda CBR600RR Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles 36:11.366 125.108 Silver
5 9 Jamie Coward Yamaha YZF-R6 KTS Racing powered by Steadplan 36:17.827 124.737 Silver
6 11 Conor Cummins Honda CBR600RR Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles 36:23.019 124.440 Silver
7 5 James HIllier Yamaha YZF-R6 RICH Energy OMG Racing 36:33.603 123.840 Silver
8 16 Dominic Herbertson Kawasaki ZX-6R Cowton Racing 36:41.569 123.392 Silver
9 15 Mike Browne Yamaha YZF-R6 Burrows Engineering / RK Racing 36:58.086 122.473 Silver
10 17 Paul Jordan Yamaha YZF-R6 PreZ Racing by Prosper² 37:04.354 122.128 Silver
11 14 James Hind Yamaha YZF-R6 Bass Tyre Services 37:05.721 122.053 Silver
12 25 Rob Hodson Yamaha YZF-R6 Dafabet Racing 37:22.761 121.126 Bronze
13 4 Ian Hutchinson Yamaha YZF-R6 Boyce Precision by Russell Racing 37:32.989 120.576 Bronze
14 18 Michael Evans Yamaha YZF-R6 Heattech Racing 37:34.921 120.473 Bronze
15 13 Michael Sweeney Yamaha YZF-R6 EM Building 37:39.223 120.243 Bronze
16 20 Craig Neve Kawasaki ZX-6R Alasdair Cowan Racing 37:43.898 119.995 Bronze
17 27 Nathan Harrison Honda CBR600RR Quayside Tyres / Chris Preston 38:12.363 118.505 Bronze
18 1 John McGuinness Honda CBR600RR SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction 38:13.107 118.466 Bronze
19 19 Brian McCormack Triumph Daytona 765 Global Robots \ PHR performance 38:13.676 118.437 Bronze
20 21 Joseph Loughlin* Yamaha YZF-R6 Team ILR/Mark Coverdale 38:14.505 118.394 Bronze / Newcomer
21 22 Phillip Crowe Yamaha YZF-R6 Truelove Racing 38:20.551 118.083 Bronze
22 29 Julian Trummer Yamaha YZF-R6 WH Racing powered by Dynobike 38:22.933 117.961 Bronze
23 26 Michal Dokoupil Yamaha YZF-R6 Rock Net 38:27.979 117.703 Bronze
24 56 Michael Russell Suzuki GSX-R600 AR SPENCER 38:31.404 117.529 Bronze
25 34 Shaun Anderson Honda CBR600RR Wilcock Consulting 38:35.116 117.340 Bronze
26 57 Barry Furber Kawasaki ZX-6R Clem Davies Racing 38:37.076 117.241 Bronze
27 47 Matthew Rees Kawasaki ZX-6R Barrett 38:43.991 116.892 Bronze
28 32 Chris Sarbora Kawasaki ZX-6R Moto-hub.co.uk 38:51.620 116.510 Bronze
29 42 Jamie Cringle Honda CBR600RR AGR Motorsport/ KPC Construction 38:51.730 116.504 Bronze
30 35 Matt Stevenson Yamaha YZF-R6 Tritan Engineering 38:53.294 116.426 Bronze
31 45 Xavier Denis Yamaha YZF-R6 Optimark Road Racing Team 38:54.434 116.369 Bronze
32 53 Rhys Hardisty Yamaha YZF-R6 Willson & Wilding/ People’s Bike 38:57.934 116.195 Bronze
33 41 Raul Torras Martinez Yamaha YZF-R6 Ecubitt Performance, Optimark 39:00.000 116.043 Bronze
34 50 Paul Potchy Williams Triumph 675 SMW Racing 39:04.278 115.880 Finisher
35 44 Richard Wilson Honda CBR600RR Team Kibosh 39:05.832 115.804 Finisher
36 54 Mike Norbury Yamaha YZF-R6 DC Racing 39:10.535 115.572 Finisher
37 38 Rennie Scaysbrook* Suzuki GSX-R600 PRF Racing / Metzeler / 5.11 39:15.172 115.344 Finisher
38 49 Jim Hodson Yamaha YZF-R6 Al Gibbon Racing 39:15.270 115.340 Finisher
39 37 Mark Parrett Yamaha YZF-R6 Mark Parrett Electrical Racing 39:16.673 115.271 Finisher
40 40 Gary Vines Honda CBR600RR Wobbly Bob Racing 39:18.420 115.186 Finisher
41 23 Joey Thompson Honda CBR600RR Wilson Craig Racing 39:21.800 115.021 Finisher
42 43 Josh Daley Kawasaki ZX-6R Josh Daley Racing 39:30.699 114.589 Finisher
43 51 James Chawke Yamaha YZF-R6 Lyonara Cold Stores 39:36.864 114.292 Finisher
44 58 Sam Johnson Suzuki GSX-R600 Ron Soar/Millennium Power 39:46.984 113.807 Finisher
45 60 Miroslav Sloboda Yamaha YZF-R6 Blue Garage 39:52.683 113.536 Finisher
46 24 Tom Weeden Yamaha YZF-R6 Tom Weeden Racing 39:53.580 113.494 Finisher
47 52 Julien Toniutti Yamaha YZF-R6 Martimotos 39:57.618 113.302 Finisher
48 62 Masayuki Yamanaka Kawasaki ZX-6R Team ILR / Mark Coverdale 40:56.810 110.573 Finisher