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Dominic Herbertson

Name: Dominic Herbertson

Date of Birth: March 4th, 1991

Place of Birth: Hexham, Great Britain

Nationality: British

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100, Classic TT

Facebook: Dom Herbertson

Twitter: @DomHerbertson


Getting into biking:

Like many riders, it was very much family influence that saw Dominic get into motorcycle racing. Dominic’s father, Mark Herbertson, is a racer himself, achieving 3rd in the Manx GP Classic 500cc race in 2011, 5th in the 2010 Classic Junior MGP and 9th in the MGP08 Classic Senior. As well as this, Mark has appeared at the TT on numerous occasions.

Dominic got his ACU license in 2010 and after racing success, gained his national license in 2013. Dominic wasted no time getting involved in the Manx GP, competing in the same year where he impressed in the Newcomers B race, placing 6th. Herbertson also featured in the Super Twin MGP, where he came 18th on a 2004 Suzuki SV 650, this race was won by Michael Russell.

Career Highlights (pre-2018):

Following this impressive Isle of Man debut, Dominic stepped up to the TT in 2014, where he achieved 30th in the Lightweight TT – in a race that featured his father Mark, who placed 36th. Dominic also came 36th in the Supersport 2 race and 49th in the Supersport 1; his fastest average race speed came in the Supersport 2 TT at 115.642mph on a 2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R with his fastest lap being 117.627mph. In the same year Herbertson made his Oliver’s Mount debut where he achieved a top six finish in the David Jefferies Cup B Race 1.

Since his TT debut, Dominic has been ever-present at the Isle of Man, with 2015 seeing him place 33rd and 34th in the Superstock and Superbike TT respectively. This was also the year Herbertson became the North East Motorcycle Racing Club’s Super Twin champion.

Since then, Dominic has continued to turn heads and has earned the respect of fellow racers; he is now seen as one to watch in the future. A remarkable 18th in 2016 is his highest Senior TT finish, where he had an average race speed of 122.093mph on a 2015 BMW S1000RR – whilst also achieving a new personal best lap speed of 125.024 mph. This equalled his highest TT finish, as he also claimed 18th in the Supersport TT 1 in the same year on a 2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R. These impressive finishes saw him finish 10th in the TT Privateers championship.

Dominic is also a regular at the Classic TT, where his highest finish is 4th in the 2017 Junior Classic TT, in a race won by Michael Rutter. The same year saw him achieve 5th in the Senior Classic TT which he reached and average race speed of 106.456mph. This beat his previous highest Senior Classic TT finish from 2016, where he finished 6th.

The 2017 Isle of Man TT saw consistent form from Herbertson, finishing 21st in the Superstock TT, Supersport TT 1, and the Superbike TT. As well as this, he achieved a very credible 20th in the Senior TT, with an average race speed of 123.766mph. 23rd place in the Lightweight race caps a very successful TT for Dominic and the future is looking very bright for the young man from the North West!

2018 season:

The 2018 Isle of Man TT was one of great consistency for Herbertson and although he recorded DNF’s in the Superbike and Senior races, in every other race he placed 14th or above to further confirm his status as one of the brightest youngsters in the sport.

Dominic came 14th in both the Supersport 1 and Supersport 2 races, riding the WH Racing Yamaha where he lapped at almost 124mph which should put him amongst the seeds for the two Supersport races in 2019. Herbertson went two places better in the Superstock TT where he crossed the line in 12th, this time riding a 2015 BMW S1000RR, finishing just over 6 seconds behind Daley Mathison. It was this race where he recorded his quickest lap of the Mountain Course to date with an impressive speed of 127.808mph

‘Dom the Bomb’s’ best TT finish came in the Lightweight race, where he finished 10th with an average race speed of 114.316mph, this was a race won by Michael Dunlop.

Dominic then returned to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT, where he achieved his first win in the Junior CTT race. Herbertson managed to finish ten seconds ahead of runner-up Jamie Coward riding a 1972 Honda CB 350 for Davies Motorsport.

Towards the back of the 2018 road racing season Herbertson was called up to the Dafabet Devitt racing team for the Ulster GP and Macau GP. With adverse weather conditions at the Ulster GP, only two races were completed but Dominic again impressed, finishing seventh and eighth on his Dafabet Devitt Racing debut and posting a new personal best lap of the high-speed Dundrod circuit at 128.800mph. He said after the meeting:

“I was extremely grateful to be given the opportunity for the Ulster Grand Prix and hopefully I’ve done the team proud with my results. It’s obviously been a shame the weather resulted in two of our races being cancelled but I’ve got to be pleased with seventh and eighth place finishes and I was delighted to set my personal best lap. We had no testing prior to arriving here and the Kawasaki ZX-10R is very different to the BMW I normally ride but I got more and more comfortable with each and every lap and I learnt a lot. The bike handled perfectly and the team did an outstanding job so it’s been a great experience for me.”

Dominic then concluded his 2018 road racing season finishing 20th on his first appearance at the challenging Macau course.

2019 season:

At the 2019 Isle of Man TT Herbertson achieved two top 10 finishes, with his highest position coming in the Lightweight TT race where he finished 9th with an average speed of 117.258mph. Dom’s other top 10 finish came in the Senior TT event in which he came 10th, beating 11th place Gary Johnson by over half a minute. Herbertson achieved his personal best lap of the Mountain Course in this race, with a speed of 129.587mph.

As well as these very impressive performances Herbertson achieved great results in the Superbike race as well as Supersport encounters. He crossed the line in 13th and 14th place in the Supersport 1 and 2 races respectively, as well as capping a consistent weekend with a 17th place finish in the Superbike race.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Isle of Man TT races debut in 2014 with a best result of 30th (Lightweight TT race)
  • Has now competed in 22 TT races, winning two silver and 16 bronze replicas
  • Best finish to date of 10th in the 2018 Lightweight race with five top 20 finishes in total
  • Personal best lap of 127.808mph (2018 Superstock), currently the 35th fastest rider of all time
  • 7th, 2018 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race, 8th 2018 Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race – personal best lap of Dundrod circuit of 128.800mph
  • 12th and 14th, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races, 15th, 2017 Ulster Grand Prix Superstock race
  • 15th x 2, 2018 North West 200 Superstock races
  • 1st, 2018 Junior Classic TT
  • 4th, 2017 Junior Classic TT
  • 5th, 2017 Senior Classic TT
  • 6th, 2016 Senior Classic TT

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