Peter Hickman has claimed his first Supersport victory at the Isle of Man TT by defeating Dean Harrison by just over three seconds.

The K2 Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph rider has finished on the podium in every Supersport race for two consecutive years at the TT but had failed to reach the top step in that run. But Hickman has broken that run in the second Supersport TT which was competed over a shortened distance of two laps.

Hickman traded leading times with Harrison up to the Bungalow on the opening lap before pulling a 2.304s advantage at the Grandstand.

But the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider fought back at the start of the second lap to regain the lead at Glen Helen by half a second. Harrison’s lead was short-lived as Hickman surged ahead again to lead by 0.363s at Ramsey before repeating his superior pace over the Mountain to stretch clear to win by 3.302s.

With Harrison having to settle for second, James Hillier doubled up his opening Supersport podium with third place for Quattro Plant Kawasaki over four seconds behind Harrison at the finish.

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Long-time leader on the road Conor Cummins missed out on the podium eight seconds back in fourth place for Milenco by Padgetts Honda.

Jamie Coward produced an eye-catching display to record his career best result at the Isle of Man TT in fifth place on the Prez Racing Yamaha, comfortably ahead of experienced hand Michael Dunlop on the MD Racing Honda.

Davey Todd just missed out to Dunlop at the finish, 0.495s back in seventh place for Milenco by Padgetts Honda, but he did get ahead of a late-fading Gary Johnson on the RAF Regular & Reserves Triumph.

Opening Supersport TT winner Lee Johnston was unable to replicate his charge from Monday as he finished in ninth place for Ashcourt Racing Yamaha, having battled inside the top five during the opening lap, as David Johnson rounded out the top 10 for Honda Racing.

Johnson’s team-mate Ian Hutchinson retired early on lap one at Quarterbridge with a suspected technical issue on his Honda.

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