The last race of the Isle of Man TT 2019 was won by Dean Harrison. He was able to benefit from having problems with Peter Hickman in the fifth round with Smiths Racing BMW.
Harrison prevails in dramatic senior TT races
After two thirds of the race, Hickman already had an advantage of 18 seconds when he had problems with the cooling water and had to slow down. That cost him the victory.
The race course
Hickman led Glen Helen in the first round, just 0.351 seconds behind Harrison. Almost six seconds later, Cummins, Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter and David Johnson followed. James Hillier had a problem and a lot back to 21st place.
Until Ballaugh, Harrison took the lead just two tenths of a second behind Hickman. At Ramsey, Hicky was ahead again, but only by a tenth. Cummins already had 11 seconds behind the lead duo. Only 0.024 seconds behind Michael Dunlop. Johnson passed Rutter, and Davey Todd knocked on the door.
In the opening lap, Hickman drove a lap of 134,284 mph. It was supposed to be the fastest lap of the race. He was able to get a margin of 2.2 seconds on Harrison. Cummins again 14 seconds behind. Then Dunlop, Johnson and Todd. John McGuinnes had to finish his race at Bungalow. Hillier was already able to work his way up to 11th place.
Until Glen Helen, Harrison could shorten the gap to Hickman by four-tenths. Cummins was able to break away from Dunlop, the gap grew to three seconds. Ten seconds later, Johnson followed, then another six seconds off Todd.
At Ramsey, Hickman had a gap of 3.4 seconds on Harrison. The second round he managed with a cut of 134.28 mph. Cummins was still in third place, but Dunlop was able to catch up a bit. Johnson retired at Bedstead, bringing Todd and Rutter to fifth and sixth place. Ian Hutchinson had to park his Honda at the pits.
After the pit stops, Hickman’s lead had grown to ten seconds. Cummins was only in fourth place, just under 11 seconds behind Dunlop. The distance between Todd and Rutter was only 1.4 seconds.
After the third lap, half the race distance, Hickman had a lead of 13.48 seconds over Harrison. Cummins seemed confident in third place as his advantage over Dunlop was already 16 seconds. Rutter could pass Todd. Hillier was now in seventh place.
After the second pitstops, movement came to the top. Harrison was able to reduce Hickman by 7.9 seconds on the fifth lap, as Hicky drove the first sector 9 seconds slower than Harrison. Until Ballaugh, the gap was only 1.1 seconds.
At Ramsey, Harrison had already taken the lead. Hickman lost seven to eight seconds in each section. Although clearly a technical problem, he continued his race. Harrison won the race with a lead of 53.062 seconds. Whether Hickman could hold the second place was open. Finally, he made it only 5.8 seconds ahead of Cummins, who finished in third place.
- 1 2 Dean Harrison Kawasaki / Silicone Engineering 01:43:49.521 130.824 Silver
- 2 10 Peter Hickman BMW / Smiths Racing BMW 01:44:42.583 129.719 Silver
- 3 1 Conor Cummins Honda / Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles 01:44:48.400 129.599 Silver
- 4 6 Michael Dunlop BMW / Tyco BMW 01:45:16.230 129.028 Silver
- 5 5 James Hillier Kawasaki / Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings 01:46:19.873 127.740 Silver
- 6 18 Davey Todd BMW / Penz13.com 01:46:22.441 127.689 Silver
- 7 8 Michael Rutter Honda / Bathams Racing 01:46:53.092 127.079 Silver
- 8 15 Jamie Coward Yamaha / Prez Racing 01:47:03.082 126.881 Silver
- 9 22 Brian McCormack BMW / ON-1 Racing 01:47:39.492 126.166 Silver
- 10 20 Dominic Herbertson Kawasaki / Davies Motorsport / Belgrave M 01:47:58.783 125.790 Silver
- 11 7 Gary Johnson Kawasaki / RAF Regular & Reserves / Lee 01:48:31.186 125.164 Silver
- 12 17 Shaun Anderson BMW / NW Racing 01:49:48.261 123.700 Bronze
- 13 16 Derek Sheils Suzuki / Burrows Engineering with RK Raci 01:49:57.265 123.531 Bronze
- 14 31 Mike Booth Kawasaki / BSK Pro 01:50:44.891 122.646 Bronze
- 15 25 Michael Sweeney BMW / MJR Racing 01:51:03.728 122.299 Bronze
- 16 40 Horst Saiger Yamaha / iXS 01:51:04.879 122.278 Bronze
- 17 29 Mark Parrett BMW / C and C Ltd. 01:51:45.117 121.544 Bronze
- 18 39 Joe Akroyd Kawasaki / Joe Akroyd Racing 01:51:50.223 121.452 Bronze
- 19 50 David Jackson BMW / Action Racing 01:51:52.831 121.405 Bronze
- 20 33 Frank Gallagher Kawasaki / Performance Racing Achterhoe 01:51:54.645 121.372 Bronze
- 21 34 Julian Trummer Honda / TC Racing / DP Coldplaning 01:52:22.962 120.862 Bronze
- 22 36 Marc Ironside Suzuki / V.G. Mathers 01:52:29.738 120.741 Bronze
- 23 67 Jay Lawrence Suzuki / Buildbase Suzuki / Carl Cox Motor 01:52:34.243 120.660 Bronze
- 24 55 Michael Russell Suzuki / 240 Volts / Swindon Karting 01:52:56.626 120.262 Bronze
- 25 47 David Hewson BMW / Obsession Engineering Ltd. 01:53:16.831 119.904 Bronze
- 26 48 Tom Weeden Suzuki / Burrows Engineering with RK Raci 01:53:19.540 119.856 Bronze
- 27 62 Richard Wilson BMW / G&C Higgins / Wiz Norton Racing 01:53:37.304 119.544 Bronze
- 28 52 Mark Goodings Kawasaki / Mark Goodings Kawasaki 01:54:08.276 119.003 Bronze
- 29 70 Lukas Maurer* Kawasaki / Blau Power Bikes 01:54:28.653 118.650
- 30 61 Josh Daley Kawasaki / Josh Daley Racing 01:54:55.625 118.186
- 31 53 Adrian Harrison Kawasaki / Aireborough Motor Co 01:55:07.603 117.981
- 32 44 Morgan Govignon BMW / MC Fleur de Lys – La Parenthèse M 01:55:49.639 117.268
- 33 63 George Spence Yamaha / Dod Spence Racing 01:56:00.856 117.079
- 34 42 Barry Furber Kawasaki / DC Auto Repairs Newtown 01:56:10.361 116.919
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