That gave Lintin the lead at Glen Helen although his lead was only 14 seconds over Hillier with Harrison dropping to third as Palmer leapt up from seventh to fourth. Hillier was setting a ferocious pace though and ate into Lintin’s advantage all the way round the lap and as he swept across the line and Lintin pitted at the end of lap two, he was back in the lead by over three seconds. Lintin, Harrison, Cummins, Palmer and Jamie Hamilton completed the top six.
Going through Glen Helen on the final lap, Hillier’s lead was a more than healthy 21 seconds with Harrison in turn holding a similar lead over Cummins. However, Lintin was only a further second back and Hamilton just 6s seconds after that so the final podium spot was going to be fought out all the way to the checkered flag.
By Ramsey, Hillier and Harrison seemingly had the first two places sewn up, save for mechanical problems, but Lintin had now closed to within 1s of Cummins with Hamilton still in touch in fifth.
Hillier, number one on the road and in the race, flashed over the line with that stunning 119 mph+ lap, which was also quicker than John McGuinness’ old 250cc lap record of 118.29 mph from 1999, and he duly took his maiden TT victory with Harrison in second for his debut rostrum.
All eyes turned to the battle for third and it was Cummins who came out on top by 4.2 seconds, for his first podium since 2010, with Lintin’s second lap pit stop strategy dropping him back to fourth. Hamilton had an excellent ride into fifth with Rutter making it three KMR Kawasaki’s in the top six as he took a solid sixth.
Cameron Donald, Palmer, Lee Johnston and Ian Lougher completed the top ten.