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BMW WINS “TRADE” TT AGAIN

The Isle of Man TT’s Superstock race is the one that every manufacturer really wants to win, because it has the closest relationship to mainstream showroom offerings. And BMW certainly hoped to repeat last year’s podium lock-out in the 2018 event, held on the afternoon of Monday 4 June in glorious sunshine.

Speaking on the grid immediately prior to the start, BMW Motorrad UK sales and marketing manager Scott Grimsdall said: “Superstock’s a great leveller. All the machines have standard engines. There are no special factory parts and I’m very confident that we continue to have the best package virtually straight out of the box.”

Grimsdall expected Michael Dunlop, star of the official Tyco BMW squad but in this case riding in his own MD Racing colours, to take victory. But he clearly wasn’t disappointed in the winner’s enclosure to see Dunlop beaten into second place by a thrilling charge from Peter Hickman on the Smiths BMW. “They are exactly the same bikes,” he observed. “A one-two result is good enough for us, whoever rides them.”

There were actually six BMW S1000RR products showcased among top-ten Superstock TT finishers, which was a particularly strong testimonial for the brand. Kawasaki got three ZX-10R Ninjas on the leaderboard, the most notably successful of them taken to third podium spot by Dean Harrison. TT newcomer Davey Todd brought a sole Suzuki GSX-R1000 to join the rankings in tenth.

A more direct accolade for the trade was earned by BMW-mounted Martin Jessopp, with seventh for the only dealer team in top-10contention — representing the south-western Riders chain of BMW, Ducati and Harley-Davidson dealerships.  

Picture courtesy of the TT
 

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