Eight-time Ulster Grand Prix champ Peter Hickman says his record-breaking lap of 136.415mph in Thursday’s Superbike chase was a “testament” to BMW’s all-new S1000RR.
Hickman enjoyed success on the bike in Superstock trim at the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT, but an SBK win had eluded him due to a baptize aperture affair with that blueprint of the bike – which has now been fixed.
Qualifying on pole for the five-lap SBK chase on Thursday, Hickman overhauled aboriginal baton Dean Harrison afterward a aberration for the Silicone Engineering addition to boss by 5.6s for the victory.
He additionally re-established the Ulster GP as the world’s fastest alley chase – accepting ahead taken the appellation abroad from the Ulster at the TT aftermost year – and did so with a bike active a accepted agent to assault the antecedent Dundrod almanac of 134.619mph set by Harrison in 2017.
Speaking to Autosport afterwards the race, Hickman said: “The new S1000RR is alive absolutely well, and no joke, that is a accepted agent we are active as well.
“So, for it to be able to do that affectionate of lap about actuality is aloof attestation to how acceptable the new S1000RR is, and additionally a attestation to Smiths Racing and they bike that they’ve been alive for me.
“The bike has been alive faultless, we haven’t alike affected a bang or a ambience on it absolutely back we got here, and the bike has aloof been alive good.”
Hickman alleged the new S1000RR “a baby” in allegory to the added bikes on the grid. Hickman – who additionally won Thursday’s Supersport chase – says the clip the bike is assuming admitting active afterwards a abounding chase agent is “a absolutely absolute sign”.
The absolute lap almanac was not the alone acceleration almanac agitated in the blood-tingling aperture SBK race, as Padgetts Racing’s Conor Cummins accomplished a new top acceleration almanac of 202.8mph aboard his Honda Fireblade.
Cummins admits the backbone of the tow at Dundrod makes acceleration allurement annal “a bit deceiving”.
But he added that it proves the Honda is a “capable” amalgamation admitting this adaptation of the bike – alien in 2017 – accepting not won at any of the all-embracing alley contest yet.
“I’m happy, I couldn’t accept done any more,” Cummins told Autosport afterwards finishing third in the race, some 16s bright of the branch Honda aggregation addition David Johnson in sixth.
“We’ve got some abstracts for Saturday, so we’ll booty a footfall advanced and hopefully go faster.
“It’s all a bit artful really, this accomplished acceleration allurement thing.
“We had a acceptable slipstream there for two laps, and there’s no agnosticism about it – this bike’s able of accomplishing fast times and we’ve aloof accurate that again.
“So I’ve aloof got to get about the corners a bit faster I think.”