For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, racing took place at the Isle of Man TT on Saturday with the first six-lap Superbike race of the week.
FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman won comfortably on his BMW M1000RR ahead of DAO Racing’s Dean Harrison and Hawk Racing’s Michael Dunlop.
A three-lap sidecar race was due to take place after the Superbike contest, but was cut short after just moments due to a serious incident at Ago’s Leap just a mile from the course.
Tragically, French passenger Olivier Lavorel died in the incident, while Shock Factory outfit driver Cesar Chanel was airlifted to hospital in serious condition.
Following the postponement of the first Sidecar race, Monday’s second race day of the 2022 TT has been changed.
As planned, the first Supersport race of the event will start at 10:45 a.m. local time, but will now take place over three laps instead of four.
Then at 1:10 p.m., the rescheduled Sidecar race will take place and will be run over two laps instead of three.
The day will be completed by the Superstock TT at 3 p.m., also reduced from one lap to three.
Currently, Wednesday will feature the second Supersport contest and the Supertwins race, while Friday will feature the second Sidecar race and the Blue Ribbon Senior TT (the second Superbike race of the week).
Saturday’s Sidecar tragedy marked the 2022 TT’s second fatal crash, after solo rider Mark Purslow was tragically killed in a crash at Ballagarey during Wednesday night’s practice sessions.
Tributes have poured in on social media from runners over the past few days paying tribute to the two competitors killed this week.
Saturday’s Superbike race avoided another potentially serious incident when podium rider Davey Todd suffered a frightening delamination of his rear Dunlop tire in the Sulby section of the track.
This follows a series of failures for Dunlop slick rear tires at the North West 200 last month, prompting the tire maker to withdraw its slick line as a precaution and replace it with a cut slick instead.
On Saturday evening, while Todd was able to return to the paddock and confirm the problem to Motorsport.com, Dunlop had yet to receive the offending tire for analysis.