Kiwi Rider June 2022 Vol.2 - Page 93



After a two year hiatus thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic , racing has finally returned to the Isle of Man with the TT roaring back into life this month . For the return of the TT , it was BMW Peter Hickman etching his name into the illustrious record books with a hat-trick of wins with his BMW M1000RR . After winning the Superbike and Superstock races at the beginning of race week , the Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing rider closed out the event with victory in the prestigious Senior TT too . “ Three victories at the Isle of Man TT are a great result for us as a manufacturer ,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers . “ The last time we achieved that was quite a while ago . These were also the first victories for the BMW M1000RR on the Isle of Man , after the event could not take place in the past two years due to the Corona pandemic . The two weeks on the Isle of Man have not been completely trouble-free for us , but we were able to solve the issues on site with support from Munich and to bring the BMW M1000RR to its [ maximum ] performance . Peter transferred this brilliantly into three victories in the Superbike race , the Superstock race and the Senior TT . “ What a week !,” an ecstatic Hickman exclaimed . “ Just as usual , we had highs and lows over the week but it is just phenomenal . The BMW M1000RR has won all the big races here which is fantastic for BMW and for me . Honestly , massive thanks to absolutely everyone who has supported us , that ’ s from partners , sponsors , team personnel , all the fans around the circuit . Lots of people waving again , that ’ s absolutely brilliant . But my thoughts are also with the people who are unfortunately not going home this time .” Despite the TT officially returning to life this year , the event ’ s dark side still managed to rear its ugly head . This year the Mountain Course saw five fatalities across the 600cc and sidecar classes . Mark Purslow , Davy Morgan , César Chanal and Roger and Bradley Stockton lost their lives in accidents during the event .