Isle of Man TT 2022 | Peter Hickman the driver to beat as race week begins | road race
The Louth rider was in fine form during qualifying practice, which concluded on Friday evening, with Hickman finishing first in three of the four solo classes (Superbike, Superstock and Supertwins) he will contest.
Long considered the favorite for glory on the Gas Monkey FHO Racing BMW M 1000 RR which he will race in Superbike and Superstock, Hickman reached his fastest speeds on Thursday with a 133.220 mph effort. This. made him the only rider to exceed 133 mph and above all week.
Even so, it was his Friday effort of 132.874mph – which itself was comfortably faster than second Dean Harrison’s best of the week – that caught the eye as it was achieved in less than average conditions. ‘ideal, with Hickman admitting to “riding” in several areas that were wet.
With perfect conditions forecast for today’s Superbike TT, Hickman admits things have gone as well as could be hoped in preparation for what will be an intense week of racing competition around the infamous Mountain Race.
“It was a good week in qualifying and although we had a few little issues here and there with the bikes to start with, the boys all worked hard to rectify them and I was more than happy with the 133mph+ lap.
“I was equally happy with the lap on Friday night as the conditions were less than ideal and I was riding all the way through the wet areas so that bodes well for the first Superbike race. You can never be overconfident at the time of the TT, it’s definitely been so far, so good.
As well as leading the way in Superbike and Superstock, Hickman held a slight advantage over Michael Dunlop in the Supertwins class aboard an identical Paton.