Friends re­united

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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

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