Peter Hickman topped the timesheets during the opening Superbike qualifying session of the Ulster GP.

With the session called off due to bad weather, last year’s winner Hickman was the only rider who broke the 130mph barrier – lapping at an average of 131.237mph on his Smith’s BMW S1000RR BMW.

Hickman was 4.763 seconds faster than second placed Conor Cummins, with Davey Todd following 0.846 seconds behind in third. Lee Johnston lapped at 127.395mph to slot into fourth place – and Dean Harrison ended up in fifth just a 1/100th of a second behind.  

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Derek Sheils and Paul Jordan ended up in sixth and seventh respectively. Michael Dunlop posted the eighth quickest time – and David Johnson and Jamie Coward completed the top ten.

The action kicks off in earnest today, with the Superbike, Lightweight/Ultra Lightweight, Supersport and Supertwins races all scheduled. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that there weather holds out.

To keep on top of all the news from the Ulster GP, click HERE.

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