Isle of Man TT 2022 results

Straight out of the gate, Michael Dunlop and Peter Hickman were going at it hammer and tongs, and swapped the lead multiple times throughout the first 37.73 miles, with a margin that at one point was as small as 0.04 seconds, and at no point was greater than a second. Even their mandatory pit stops at the end of lap one were within a tenth of each other, such was the closeness of the two riders. Flying past the Grandstand on to the final flying lap, Hickman held a half-second lead over the now-20-times winner Dunlop and it all seemed to be shaping up to go right down to the wire and into the history books as one of the more thrilling TTs. However, there was a collective groan as Peter Hickman was the first rider clocked through Glen Helen, with Dunlop following nearly 20 seconds later and a full minute back on corrected time. Despite stopping to try and make adjustments to salvage a result, Dunlop was black flagged at Sulby Bridge and worked his way back to the paddock on the open roads.

While Dunlop and Hickman were separated by fractions of a second, they’d worked up a mammoth lead over the rest of the field, with Lee Johnston sitting best of the rest at the time of Dunlop’s retirement, a full 70 seconds back on the timing screens. It had been a tough week up to this point for Johnston, with a pit stop issue costing him a potential podium in the first Supersport race, and an allergic reaction to the Manx pollen causing vision issues meaning he was unable to achieve the performances he would have hoped ahead of the event. His vision was so bad by the end of the week that he pulled in halfway through the second Supersport race and withdrew himself from the Senior at the same time.

Johnston was having a bit of a lonely Supertwin race, holding a further 20 second lead back to the chasing pack of Frenchman Pierre Yves Bian, Paul Jordan and James Hind. With Dunlop out and pre-race favourite Jamie Coward also suffering engine failure, Bian and Jordan suddenly found themselves battling for an unexpected shot at the final podium position. It looked as if Bian was going to take a fantastic top three result, which would have been the perfect addition to a road racing season that has already seen him become the first Frenchman to win at the North West 200. However, it was not to be, as Paul Jordan chased him down and overhauled him on the last lap to take an equally popular first podium.

Supersport TT Race 2

The second of the Supersport races of the week was rescheduled twice before it finally was able to get underway. Originally scheduled as a four-lap race, the first rescheduled race was due to run as a standalone race on Thursday, before the weather forced a second rethink, eventually creating a packed three-race schedule for Friday’s traditional Senior Day, a national holiday for the Isle of Man. The busy nature of the timetable, however, meant that yet another lap had to be cut from the race distance, and the Supersport race was run over half of the originally planned distance.