It’s not just the Dun­lop, Hutchy story

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY CALTON

The last time Ian Hutchin­son and Michael Dun­lop shared a TT press con­fer­ence to­gether, it was... shall we say, awk­ward.

So the scene was set for more of the same in 2017. Al­though, it never re­ally hap­pened. Of course, they were both still the men to beat but a straight headto-head never ma­te­ri­alised.

The real sto­ries of this year’s event were just be­neath the sur­face. There was Peter Hick­man se­ri­ously look­ing like a con­tender – in ev­ery race he rode. James Hil­lier was a faulty fuel filler away from win­ning the Su­per­bike TT and old stager Michael Rut­ter was sniff­ing around the podium like a dog who could smell ba­con. And in the Light­weight he looked like a dog who had found the ba­con – and eaten it all – as took his fifth TT title in fine style.

Then there were the snarling, sil­ver dream ma­chines. Nor­ton showed they had what it takes to run in the top 10 last year, but they did even bet­ter this time around by crack­ing the top 10 on four oc­ca­sions. And Josh Brookes looks like he could head­ing for the podium if he keeps com­ing to the TT. And the Zero TT – what about MCN’S Adam Child? Sixth place on a pro­duc­tion ma­chine – lovely!

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