The Isle of Man TT motorcycle and sidecar races have concluded for 2023. The biggest news from the event includes Peter Hickman surpassing his former 2018 record by setting a new lap record of 136.358 MPH (average speed) during the RL360 Superstock race.
In The RL360 Superstock class Hickman running a BMW M 1000 RR for FHO Racing BMW beat out 2nd place, Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) by an impressive 17 seconds. Dean Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) placed 3rd.
Peter Hickman claimed 4 separate wins at the 2023 Isle of Man TT, bringing his career total to 13.
He also hit 200 MPH flying through the Sulby Speed Trap.
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The annual event, also called the Tourist Trophy, is held on the island in the middle of the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The very first TT race was held back in 1907. It is one of the most dangerous motorsport events in the world due to the number of competitor fatalities. Stunningly, racers can reach speeds over 200 MPH on a circuit of winding public roads.
At this time, the Isle of man TT consists of five classes of racing: Superbike, Supersport, Superstock, Supertwin, and Sidecar.
The Superbike class includes the most powerful bikes, setups running over 200 horsepower. The Supersport bikes are mostly 600cc (but heavily modified). Superstock class includes essentially stock motorcycles and Supertwin bikes have 700cc engines and are derived from middleweight road motorcycles.
You rarely see a motorcycle with a sidecar these days, but brave riders continue to race them on the TT. It is truly a spectacle to see as rider and passenger work in unison to keep the bike planted on the pavement and gripping the road at incredible speeds.
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