TT organisers have revealed the top 20 seeded riders for this summer's two 4-lap Monster Energy Supersport races.
Slight changes can be seen throughout the top 20 when compared to the Superbike and Superstock classes, but it will again be the returning David Johnson who sets off towards Bray Hill first, carrying the number one on the C&L Fairburn Properties/Jackson Racing Honda.
Dean Harrison, one of only two riders to lap at more than 129mph in the class, is again at number two, but for the first time since 2015 he rides for a different team and manufacturer; the 2018 Supersport winner now lining up on the Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha.
There’s change at number 3, too. Instead of John McGuinness MBE – who takes the number 12 plate on the SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction Honda – Paul Jordan starts.
The Northern Irishman and his locally owned PreZ Racing Yamaha team are rewarded with a high start number after some strong showings last year.
The next three riders retain the same starting positions as they have in the 1000cc classes: Jamie Coward (KTS Racing, Yamaha), James Hillier (TBC) and Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Yamaha), with all three amongst the pre-race favourites for podiums and outright glory.
Dunlop is the one everyone in the field has to beat. The 21-time TT race winner took victory in both races last year when he increased his own lap record to a mightily impressive 129.475mph.
Two-time winner Gary Johnson (JR Performance/Astro Van Suzuki) is back in his familiar number seven position and behind him he’ll have four more riders intent on victory: Davey Todd (Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles, Honda), Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing, Yamaha), Peter Hickman (K2 Trooper by PHR, Triumph) and Conor Cummins (Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles, Honda) get their respective races underway in quick succession, so the action on the road will certainly be red hot. Behind McGuinness and at number 13 is Dominic Herbertson (F.W Cowton, Kawasaki) with the next two riders, James Hind (Bass Tyre Services, Yamaha) and Rob Hodson (SMT/VRS Recovery, Yamaha) getting their first taste as seeded riders in the Supersport class.
Mike Browne, ninth last year in the second race, starts at number 16 on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Yamaha, 10 seconds ahead of regular sparring partner on the Irish roads, Michael Sweeney (EM Building, Yamaha).
Shaun Anderson (Team Kibosh, Honda) and Craig Neve (Bathams Racing, Triumph) are again seeded – the latter the sole Bathams Ales representative in the race, this time on the ex-Hickman Triumph.
Sandwiched between them is former Manx Grand Prix winner, Santon's Michael Evans, on the AGR Motorsport Honda.
The complete top 20 for the Monster Energy Supersport TT Races is:
- David Johnson - C&L Fairburn Properties by Jackson Racing, Honda
- Dean Harrison - Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing, Yamaha
- Paul Jordan - PreZ Racing by Prosper2, Yamaha
- Jamie Coward - KTS Racing powered by Stanley Stuart, Yamaha
- James Hillier - TBC, TBC
- Michael Dunlop - MD Racing, Yamaha
- Gary Johnson - JR Performance/Astro Van Suzuki, Suzuki
- Davey Todd - Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
- Lee Johnston - Ashcourt Racing, Yamaha
- Peter Hickman - K2 Trooper Triumph by PHR, Triumph
- Conor Cummins - Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles, Honda
- John McGuinness - SMT Racing/Blue Earth Construction, Honda
- Dominic Herbertson - F.W.Cowton, Kawaski
- James Hind - Bass Tyre Services, Yamaha
- Rob Hodson - SMT/VRS Recovery, Yamaha
- Mike Browne - Burrows Engineering / RK Racing, Yamaha
- Michael Sweeney - EM Building, Yamaha
- Shaun Anderson - Team Kibosh, Honda
- Michael Evans - AGR Motorsport, Honda
- Craig Neve - Bathams Racing, Triumph