Despite having the weather very much against them this year, TT organisers still managed to squeeze all of their planned races into an action packed three days this year.
This was yet another successful TT for the team at Dunlop Tyres, who picked up a total of five wins from a potential seven, three of which were supplied by lap record holder Peter Hickman. Overall, Dunlop riders would take 12 podiums throughout the week.
BSB rider Hickman won the Superstock TT and Superbike races on board the Smiths Racing BMW, while he won the Supersport race on the Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph. Lee Johnston also recorded his first TT win in the other Supersport race, riding for Ashcourt Racing Yamaha,while Michael Rutter claimed victory in the TT Zero, setting a new lap record on the Dunlop shod Bathams Mugen.
It also looked as though Dunlop were on course for a 14th straight Senior TT victory, when Hickman stormed into the lead after setting the fastest lap of the week with a 134.284mph.However, a mechanical issue forced Hickman to ease off the pace, as he held on for 2nd place behind Metzeler’s Dean Harrison, with Conor Cummins in 3rd for Dunlop and Padgetts.
Peter Hickman described the Senior TT:
“The team did a fantastic job and did everything they could do to try and make that bike right for us. It managed four laps, didn’t quite manage six, but we’re still on the podium. We had an absolutely unbelievable TT, so to come away with a hat-trick and a win on the Supersport bike is something I’ve been trying to get for a while now and we’re still on the podium for the Senior so it’s not all bad!”
Dunlop’s Motorsport Manager, Wim Van Achter described the TT tyres’ success and performance:
“Wins in the Superbike, Superstock and SuperSport races and fastest overall in the Senior TT prove Dunlop’s performance. The D213 GP Pro is now a multiple TT winning tyre in the road-legal classes, and our latest KR108 slick with a fast warm-up time gave riders the confidence to set new landmark lap records.”