Ian Hutchinson attempted to heal the rift that has divided him and arch rival Michael Dunlop since their spat at this yearõs TT. The pair had a long chat on the podium after the final race of this yearõs Ulster GP.
Òwhen Iõve seen Michael in the past at shows we have always got on and chatted,ó Hutchy explained. ÒWE have never been best mates but weõve never been enemies either.ó
In a more magnanimous mood after his Ulster victories than he had been in the Senior TT press conference, Hutchy admitted
comments made at the TT had inflamed the situation. ÒI think it all got a bit out of hand at the TT,Ó he said. ÒWE both heard things that we didnõt need to hear and we both said things we probably shouldnõt have said, but thatõs the way it is.
ÒI just said to Michael that I was willing to move on. I am going to win races, he is going to win races and we are both going to lose races at some point. I have great races with him and I respect him. We donõt need to be best of friends or go out for drinks together but thereõs no place for hatred in the sport.ó
‘We’ve never been best mates but we’ve never been enemies either’ IAN HUTCHINSON