Hodson leads the way for Wiganers at Isle of Man TT

Riders line-up at the start line on Monday at the Isle of Man TT. Picture www.iomtt.com
Riders line-up at the start line on Monday at the Isle of Man TT. Picture www.iomtt.com

Rob Hodson led the way during a successful day for Wigan riders at the Isle of Man TT on Monday.

The spray painter from Bryn earned two bronze replicas from his appearances in the Supersport race one and the RL 360 Superstock.

Hodson finished the Supersport race in 38th place on his Triumph with an average lap of 116.781mph around the 37 ¾-mile Snaefell Mountain Course, one place behind dad Jim who managed to bring his Yamaha round at an average of 117.032mph to also earn a bronze replica in what is undoubtedly an emotional week for the pair who are in their first TT since Rob’s brother Jamie, a TT competitor in 2017, lost his life at last August’s Ulster Grand Prix.

In the same race, Astley’s Mike Norbury managed to pick up a bronze replica, awarded to riders finishing within a certain percentage of the winner’s time, with his 49th-placed finish and an average speed of 115.152mph.

Hawkley Hall’s Josh Daley, 21, finished 52nd to earn his second finisher’s medal of the week.

But the race was overshadowed by the death of 26-year-old Scot Adam Lyon.

The newcomer suffered a fatal accident Casey’s, just after the 28th mile of the course, on the third lap of the race. He is the second rider to be killed this year after Maxman Dan Kneen died after an accident in practice last week.

Daley, on his Kawasaki, was 36th in Saturday’s opening RST Superbike race in which Rob Hodson finished 17th on his JGH 1000cc BMW while Jim retired with engine problems on the same model of bike.

Rob went on to finish 18th in yesterday’s RL 360 Superstock race, averaging 123.950mph while back on the BMW, earning another replica.

The race saw Peter Hickman claim his first victory at the TT Races when he took a sensational race by 4.4 seconds from Michael Dunlop, with Dean Harrison in third.

The top three swapped positions throughout but a stunning new lap record of 134.403mph on his final lap, just outside Harrison’s outright lap record from Saturday’s RST Superbike race, enabled the Burton-upon-Trent rider to come home in a new race record 58.7s quicker than the old mark.

Riders are back in race action on Wednesday for the second Supersport race and the Lightweight TT before Friday's Senior TT.