FU­RI­OUS ROW THAT DE­FINES THE RI­VALRY

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After their bat­tles both on and off the track at this year’s TT, it is highly un­likely Ian Hutchin­son and Michael Dun­lop will be shar­ing a pint dur­ing the duo’s next meet­ing at the Ul­ster Grand Prix. The an­i­mos­ity sparked when a TT of­fi­cial er­ro­neously ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of Hutchin­son’s R6 pis­tons after the second Supersport race erupted into a bit­ter war of words in the Se­nior TT press con­fer­ence.

“There is not re­ally any­thing to be said about the thing with Michael,” is the York­shire­man’s blunt re­sponse on the sub­ject.

“The only thing that was mis­un­der­stood was that some peo­ple think that I said he got pref­er­en­tial treat­ment from BMW. That’s not what I meant at all. When I said that we didn’t have the en­gine he had, I meant that be­cause the Tyco team had had a prob­lem with that spec of en­gine at Brands BSB ear­lier in the year, they didn’t trust it and didn’t want to rely on it for the TT. There had been a com­po­nent fail­ure and in the end the team didn’t take the en­gine to the TT at all.

“It was noth­ing to do with what BMW were giv­ing any­body and any­one on the grid can buy the same en­gines as Michael and I have. There wasn’t any pref­er­en­tial treat­ment from BMW.”

Al­though he paid trib­ute to Dun­lop’s pace and the support his ri­val re­ceived from his Hawk team, Hutchy also pointed to the ad­van­tage the Bal­ly­money man en­joyed in be­ing BMW mounted for a third suc­ces­sive TT as he grap­pled with the S1000RR for the first time.

“I’ve done three years with three dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers, which is never ideal,” he said. “It was al­ways go­ing to be a bit harder this year. There’s no rea­son why you can’t win on your first year on a bike. I’ve won the Su­per­stock race on my first year on the BMW and I won the Su­per­stock race on my first year on a Kawasaki last year. And Michael won on his first time out on the BMW at the TT in 2014.

“But I’ve come to BMW against some­one who is not on their first time out on the bike and that has made a dif­fer­ence. I al­ways knew that it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult not only to beat Michael but also be­ing up against the Hawk team and what they have learned over the years.”

By com­par­i­son, Hutchy says ev­ery­thing was new for him with the Tyco team this sea­son.

“My team are in their second year with the BMW and their first year with me. I don’t know ex­actly what they learnt last year from their rid­ers but I started this year’s TT on a set-up they fin­ished on and it was nowhere near where I ended up. We have learned a lot with the su­per­bike at the TT and from the team as well. Guy Martin and Wil­liam Dun­lop got hardly any time with the bikes last year so they did well to do what they did.

“The team have moved on a lot with the bikes in the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship now and they have been able to bring a lot more info to the TT for me this year. That has ob­vi­ously helped a lot.”

‘ There is not re­ally any­thing to be said about the thing with Michael’ IAN HUTCHIN­SON

TT grumpy face con­test. Bonus points awarded for wear­ing ex­tra hats

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