IT HAS been a bright start at the Isle of Man TT for Bradford riders Dean Harrison and Ian Hutchinson.

The flagship event in the motorcycle road race calendar, the TT is being held for the first time since 2019, after Covid put paid to the last two editions.

But in the first of this year's TT Races, the RST Superbike Race on Saturday, Harrison managed second place, while Bingley counterpart Hutchinson came home in fourth.

But it was Peter Hickman who appeared to be starting as he means to go on, as he led the six-lap race from start to finish on his Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW, coming home a shade under 40 seconds clear of Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) and Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing) for his sixth TT victory.

Hutchinson (Milwaukee BMW Motorrad) meanwhile, came through for fourth ahead of John McGuinness MBE (Honda Racing UK) on his 100th TT race start.

Harrison made his way up to second on lap one, and despite the challenge of Dunlop, held that advantage until the chequered flag.

Hutchinson was involved in a tight battle with McGuiness, Jamie Howard and James Hillier, but did enough to hold on to fourth spot.

Harrison was up at the front again in the Supersport TT race yesterday morning, coming home a mere 3.6 seconds behind Dunlop in second place, his 11th time as runner up in a TT race.

Hutchinson finished 10th in that one.

Bradford supremo Harrison had another solid race yesterday evening, coming fourth in the Superstock race. But it was that man Hickman who reigned once more, taking his second TT win of the week.

Hutchinson came home in seventh to round off an impressive first three races of the week for him.