Isle of Man TT 2022 top 20 rosters revealed

Press release | March 28, 2022

The top 20 Superbike and Supersport starting numbers have been announced.

This is a press release from Isle of Man TT Races…

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2022 Superbike starting numbers revealed

Anticipation and excitement continue to build ahead of the 2022 Isle of Man TT races, with the unveiling of the top 20 starting numbers for the RST Superbike and Milwaukee Senior races.

John McGuinness MBE will start at number 1 with the Morecambe man more than familiar with the pace up front. The 23-time TT winner returns to the Honda Racing family with whom he has won 11 TT victories, including his most recent, the 2015 Senior TT.

He will be followed at number 2 by 2019 Senior TT winner Dean Harrison aboard a new Kawasaki ZX-10RR after his Silicone Engineering team was renamed DAO Racing Kawasaki. Seven-time TT winner Michael Rutter will be the next driver to start at number 3 on the ever-eye-catching Bathams Ales BMW.

Ian Hutchinson starts in his usual place with number 4 for Milwaukee BMW Motorrad by TAS Racing, with James Hillier at 5 on the RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.

All eyes will be on Michael Dunlop at number 6; 19-time Dunlop winner is aiming to give Ducati its first-ever Superbike TT Race win on the exotic Panigale V4R, run by the PBM Ducati Team.

Two-time TT winner Gary Johnson is back at number 7 on the BMW Specsavers/NL Motorcycles, with Davey Todd in the top 10 for the first time in the Superbike class, from number 8 on the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda .

Australian David Johnson will start at 9 on the second RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha, and ten seconds behind him will be lap record holder Peter Hickman, who will take his usual position of number 10. But although the number either the same, the livery certainly isn’t, with title sponsor Gas Monkey Garage adorning FHO Racing’s BMW M1000RR.

The biggest change to the starting order comes at number 11 where local favorite Conor Cummins drops the order, choosing to chase his main rivals rather than be chased, having started at the 2018 and 2019 TTs.

Jamie Coward will wear the number 12 plate on his Steadplan Yamaha powered KTS Racing, while Lee Johnston will return to his usual number 13 on the Ashcourt Racing BMW.

Philip Crowe (Handtrans Haulage/Nigel Appleyard BMW) is 14, ten seconds ahead of Sam West (The Street Diner BMW), with Dominic Herbertson (Haith BMW) at 16.

The Irish trio made up of Brian McCormack (FHO Racing BMW/The Roadhouse Macau BMW), Derek Sheils (The Roadhouse Macau BMW) and Shaun Anderson (Hawk Racing Suzuki) debuted respectively at 17, 18 and 19 with Craig Neve (Callmac Scaffolding BMW ) the first 20.

Outside the top 20, McGuinness Honda Racing teammate Glenn Irwin will start his TT career from number 22.

The complete top 20 from RST Superbike and Milwaukee Senior TT races:

  1. John McGuinness – Honda Racing United Kingdom, Honda
  2. Dean Harrison – DAO Racing Kawasaki, Kawasaki
  3. Michael Rutter – Bathams Ales, BMW
  4. Ian Hutchinson – Milwaukee BMW Motorrad, BMW
  5. James Hillier – RICH Energy OMG Racing, Yamaha
  6. Michael Dunlop – PBM Ducati, Ducati
  7. Gary Johnson – Specsavers/NL Motorcycles, BMW
  8. Davey Todd – Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
  9. David Johnson – RICH Energy OMG Racing, Yamaha
  10. Peter Hickman – Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing, BMW
  11. Conor Cummins – Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
  12. Jamie Coward – KTS Racing powered by Steadplan, Yamaha
  13. Lee Johnston – Ashcourt Racing, BMW
  14. Philip Crowe – Handtrans Haulage/Nigel Appleyard, BMW
  15. Sam West – The Street Restaurant, BMW
  16. Dominic Herbertson – Haith, BMW
  17. Brian McCormack – FHO Racing BMW / The Roadhouse Macau, BMW
  18. Derek Sheils – The Roadhouse Macau, BMW
  19. Shaun Anderson – Hawk Racing Suzuki, Suzuki
  20. Craig Neve – Callmac Scaffolding, BMW

Top 20 revealed for next-gen Supersport

The Isle of Man TT Races will once again host two Monster Energy Supersport races and with 60 of the world’s best road racers racing all four laps of the mountain course, it’s an entry not only full of quality, but also with a number of potential race winners in 2022.

Arguably the most open class this year, the Supersport class will not only see the main contenders in 1000cc racing battle it out for victory, but will also see a number of new names and fresher faces – plus the oddball Supersport specialist – looking to make their mark at TT races.

That being said, it’s a great experience that paves the way on the road at least, as John McGuinness MBE heads to Bray Hill with number 1 aboard his very own Honda CBR600RR SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction.

DAO Racing Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison – one of only two riders to average a lap above 129mph in the class – is absent at number two and opts to run a 600cc ZX-6R despite the rules of new generation allowing the use of the latest and larger engined 636cc model.

Lee Johnston follows at number 3, and after taking his first TT win in the class in 2019 with strong showings in the British Intermediate Supersport Championships, he will start as one of the favorites on his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 .

Ian Hutchinson takes the number 4 spot aboard Russell Racing Yamaha’s Boyce Precision. Returning to form, the man who holds a record eight Supersport TT victories will be another pre-race favorite for the two four-lap races.

The first of two RICH Energy OMG Racing machines starts at number 5, with James Hillier riding a Yamaha for the first time after more than ten years with ‘Team Green’. Having scored five podiums in the category since 2016 and closely trailing Lee Johnston in 2019, he will certainly be aiming for victory. His teammate David Johnson lines up at number 9.

Class lap record holder Michael Dunlop starts from number 6. Dunlop hasn’t won a Supersport TT since setting the new benchmark time in the first 2018 TT race, and will want to increase his total of seven class wins in 2022 with his MD Racing Yamaha.

Gary Johnson starts from number 7 aboard the Moto46/Specsavers Triumph 675. He is followed by Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda of Davey Todd, who takes his first ever top 10 starting position with number 8.

Meanwhile, Peter Hickman is the first of the ‘big names’ to experience the new regulations, from his usual number 10 spot aboard a Triumph 765cc under the K2 Trooper Beer by PHR Performance banner.

Conor Cummins starts at number 11 on Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda’s second Milenco and will have a big target ahead of him in Hickman, but a major threat behind in Jamie Coward. Fifth in 2019, he moved up to number 12 on KTS Racing powered by Steadplan Yamaha.

Behind the top 12 there are some changes to the 1000cc starting order, because while Sam West, Dominic Herbertson, Brian McCormack and Craig Neve retain their top twenty starting positions, four new names come into play.

Michael Sweeney, Adam McLean – making a welcome return to TT with Gortreagh Printing / McAdoo Kawasaki after injury ruled him out of the 2019 event – Paul Jordan and former Manx GP winner Michael Evans are all rewarded for their previous strong showings in the class, with the quartet starting their races at numbers 13, 14, 17 and 18 respectively.

Apart from the top twenty, Manx GP graduates include two-time 2019 race winner Nathan Harrison (27) and young star James Hind (31), while the race also sees debutants Jamie Cringle (42) ), Joseph Loughlin (48) and Pikes Peak winner Rennie Scaysbrook (57) got his first taste of TT action.

The Top 20 Monster Energy Supersport Races

  1. John McGuinness – SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction, Honda
  2. Dean Harrison – DAO Racing Kawasaki, Kawasaki
  3. Lee Johnston – Ashcourt Racing, Yamaha
  4. Ian Hutchinson – Boyce Precision by Russell Racing
  5. James Hillier – RICH Energy OMG Racing, Yamaha
  6. Michael Dunlop – MD Racing, Yamaha
  7. Gary Johnson – Moto46/Specsavers, Triumph
  8. Davey Todd – Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
  9. David Johnson – RICH Energy OMG Racing, Yamaha
  10. Peter Hickman – K2 Trooper Beer by PHR Performance, Triumph
  11. Conor Cummins – Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
  12. Jamie Coward – KTS Racing powered by Steadplan, Yamaha
  13. Michael Sweeney – EM Building, Yamaha
  14. Adam McLean – Gortreagh Printing/McAdoo Kawasaki, Kawasaki
  15. Sam West – Moto Hub, Ducati
  16. Dominic Herbertson – Cowton Racing, Kawasaki
  17. Paul Jordan – PreZ Racing, Yamaha
  18. Michael Evans – Heattech Racing, Yamaha
  19. Brian McCormack – World Robots, Triumph
  20. Craig Neve – Alasdair Cowan Racing, Kawasaki

Qualifying for the 2022 IOM TT begins May 29 and racing begins at noon on June 4.

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