The most legendary road racing event of the year is over for another 12 months and there have been two podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR at this year’s IOMTT. In the Superstock TT, Michael Dunlop finished second and Lee Johnston was third, with five RRs crossing the line within the top seven. In both the Superbike TT and the Senior TTs, half of the top ten places went to BMW riders.
The Superstock race, which was postponed from Saturday 6 June until Tuesday 9 June due to bad weather, ended with two privateer BMW riders on the podium. Michael Dunlop (GB / MD Racing) finished second after a close battle with the eventual winner Ian Hutchinson (GB). Dunlop, who scored a historic triple for BMW Motorrad at last year’s IOMTT, had decided shortly before the event to return to the BMW S 1000 RR Superbike and Superstock machines. The podium was completed by his fellow BMW rider Lee Johnston (GB / East Coast Construction / Burdens).
In total, five BMW riders finished within the top seven: Peter Hickman (GB / Briggs Equipment UK BMW) was fifth and David Johnson (AU / Smiths Racing) sixth. Guy Martin (GB / Tyco BMW) was one of the riders battling for the win, but he lost time when his bike would not start properly after the pit stop and finished the race in seventh. Michael Rutter (GB / Penz13.com Bathams) was 11th, just outside the top-ten.
For Guy Martin’s Tyco team-mate and Michael Dunlop’s brother, William Dunlop (GB), the IOMTT unfortunately came to an early end. He suffered a broken rib and severe bruising when crashing during Monday’s Superstock practice lap and was forced to retire from the rest of the event.
However, in the first Superbike race on Sunday, William Dunlop was the best-placed BMW rider, coming home in fifth. Rutter followed directly behind in sixth, while Hickman, Johnston and Johnson completed the top-ten by finishing eighth, ninth and tenth.
The week was rounded off with the prestigious Senior TT, where the privateer BMW riders showed strong performances and incredibly high speeds on their RRs, but were denied the chance to transfer them into podium honours. Michael Dunlop, who had finished second just a few days before in the Superstock TT, and Guy Martin were in the leading group when the race had to be red-flagged after two laps.
After the re-start, both of them dropped positions but worked their way back through the field, setting impressive lap times on their RRs. Both Dunlop and Martin were among a total of only five riders to go an average speed of over 132 mph (211 km/h). Martin finished fourth, while Dunlop crossed the line in fifth. Three more privateer BMW riders came home within the top-ten: Peter Hickman in seventh, David Johnson in ninth and Michael Rutter in tenth.
The IOMTT is part of the new BMW Combined Road Race Challenge, which combines the four major road racing events of the year and counts towards the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.