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Our Top 5 Contenders for the 2022 Senior TT

It’s been almost three years since the last Senior TT was held back in 2019, and with just over 100 days until the race returns this June, the usual conversions about who will take the win have begun amongst fans. We, therefore, thought we’d provide you with our top 5 contenders for this year’s Senior TT.

5

Conor Cummins

Perhaps considered the underdog for this year’s Senior TT, Conor Cummins will definitely be one to watch in this year’s race. Although yet to win a TT, the Ramsey Rocket has taken four Senior TT podiums in his career, of which half were claimed during the two previously held events.

Cummins has competed in 62 TT races since his debut in 2006, giving him a wealth of experience on the Mountain Course. Combine that with the fact that he has had more access to the island’s roads over the past three years than most of the other top riders combined, and it gives him a unique advantage for TT 2022. If he is successful, Cummins will be the first Manxman to lift the trophy in almost 100 years, the last time being when Tom Sheard won the Senior TT in 1923.

4

John McGuinness MBE

The reigning King of the Mountain is set to make his 100th race start at this year’s TT, and he will undoubtedly be looking to honour that achievement with an eighth Senior TT victory. This year, McGuinness will be returning on a Honda machine after signing for Honda Racing UK alongside high profile newcomer Glenn Irwin. In addition, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the initial release of the Honda Fireblade. This machine has brought McGuinness 12 of his 23 wins, so McGuinness and the team will hope to celebrate in style with a Senior TT victory.

With 23 TT wins to his name, second only to the late great Joey Dunlop, there’s no one more qualified to win the Senior TT than John McGuinness. If you combine John’s success and experience with the reliability of Honda, you may have the magic formula for winning the 2022 Senior TT.

3

Michael Dunlop

The Ballymoney racer will be looking to add to his all-time total of 19 TT wins this year, and the Senior race will be in his crosshairs, having previously claimed the title three times. The passionate road racer from the infamous Dunlop Road Racing Dynasty is unpredictable, having won many of his most memorable races whilst tackling extreme adversity. 

Dunlop’s aggressive racing style and raw talent have made him a TT legend in his own right. This, along with his proven desire to win, has earned him his place as one of the top contenders for this year’s event.

2

Dean Harrison 

The current holder of the Senior TT title, Dean Harrison, is another favourite for this year’s race. The British Superbike competitor claimed four podium finishes from the five races he competed in during the 2019 TT, and he will be looking to build upon that success at this year’s event. 

Looking to retain his title on the DAO Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR, the Yorkshireman will have his work cut out for him with several contenders gunning for the title, including fellow British Superbike racer Peter Hickman.

1

Peter Hickman

The current lap record holder is a firm favourite for this year’s Senior TT, and with five TT wins under his belt, three of which from 2019 alone, he definitely stands a good chance. Hickman will be eager to take the Senior TT title back from Dean Harrison this year following a dramatic 2019 race which saw him lose an almost 18 second lead over Harrison following engine issues.

He will be hunting down the title this year on the FHO Racing BMW M1000RR adorned in the branding of their main TT sponsor, Gas Monkey Garage. Gas Monkey Garage owner Richard Rawlings is known for his all or nothing attitude, further pushing Hickman as a contender for the coveted Senior TT title this year.

It's anyones for the taking

So there’s our top five but let’s be honest, the Senior TT is one of the most unpredictable events in the world. Every competitor will be looking to prove something this year following the three-year gap, and it’s a long 226 miles to the finish line. All it takes is a bit of luck, and it could go to anyone.