It’s not just the Dunlop, Hutchy story
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!