Watch: Peter Hickman's IOM TT record
Watch Peter Hickman's Isle of Man TT record. In the latest issue, Mat Oxley interviews the 2018 Senior TT winner about his extraordinary lap
Not long after Peter Hickman won last year’s Senior TT on the Isle of Man he commentated over onboard footage of his sixth and final lap, during which he raised the outright lap record to 135.45mph in his successful pursuit of arch-rival Dean Harrison.
Hickman took 16 minutes and 42 seconds to complete the 37.75-mile lap aboard his Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR superbike, a pimped-up road bike that nudges 200mph on the straightest sections of the Mountain course. This layout was first used in 1911, when nascent motorcycles required pedal assistance to climb the steeper inclines.
The film is the usual beyond-belief onboard TT lap: Hickman rocking on at frankly ridiculous speeds that your brain cannot quite compute. Surely, the video is on fast-forward? No, it isn’t.