Dave Hewson disappointed not to race in Senior TT event
Dave Hewson could not hide his disappointment after seeing the Isle of Man's much-anticipated Senior Superbike Race cancelled for the first time in its 105-year history.
With the track rated as one of the most precarious on the calendar, heavy rain left the course extremely damp which forced an inspection.
Legend John McGuiness, chasing his 20th Isle of Man TT victory, helped course officials run the rule over the surface, but it was decided the Mountain Course was too unsafe.
It meant Hewson was unable to improve upon his 27th place finish last term on his Kawasaki 1000 and also denied "Morecambe Missile" McGuiness a chance for a benchmark win.
But while Hewson was disappointed with the decision, he maintained safety was absolutely paramount.
"It was a big decision to make but you can understand the reasons behind it," he said.
"A few of the lightweight riders said we would have been okay to compete, but safety is the most important aspect.
"Motoring around on a 180bhp bike on slicks on a course as hard as that would have been interesting!
"But the weather had been pretty bad and while it was disappointing not to be racing, you have to respect the decision of the officials and the riders who inspected the course.
"I was really looking forward to it, but hopefully this time next year we will not see a repeat of the weather or the decision."
Although the Pokerstars Senior TT event was cancelled, Hewson was in action in the Royal London 360 Superstock event in which he finished 30th and did enough to clinch a bronze replica.
In the Dainese Superbike race he finished 26th and repeated that placing in race one the Monster Energy Supersport competition.
But in the second race he did not finish after his R6 broke on the last lap after Hewson joked it was "singing its little heart out".
"I really enjoyed the first Supersport race," he said.
"I was happy with the 117.6 lap time, but in the second race the R6 broke on the last lap which was frustrating.
"I ended up watching the other racers whizz by while I was on a grass verge. These things happen and I cannot wait to come back next year.
"But I would just like to thank my sponsors, New Life Paint Systems, Barratt's Cycles, Kawasaki, The Other Bike Shop, Webb's of Lincoln, for their continued support."
Other county riders involved in the TT were Jules Croft who finished in 29th position on his Honda in the Dainese Superbike TT event.
Bardney's Ivan Lintin finished seventh in the Bikerpetition.co.uk race and also finished 10th and 14th respectively in the Supersport events.