‘ That wasn’t an easy win!’

Hutchy notches up 16th TT win and be­comes most suc­cess­ful Su­per­stock rider in his­tory

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Stephen Dav­i­son ROADS RAC­ING RE­PORTER

It was sweet six­teen for Ian Hutchin­son in Wed­nes­day’s Su­per­stock TT as the 37-year-old took vic­tory on his Tyco BMW S1000RR.

It was the York­shire­man’s third suc­ces­sive win in the class and his fifth stocker vic­tory in to­tal, mak­ing him the most suc­cess­ful Su­per­stock TT rider of all time. But, for Hutchy, his lat­est tri­umph had an even greater sig­nif­i­cance.

He ex­plained: “I’ve now won as many races since my ac­ci­dent in 2010 as I did be­fore it.” He sees it as a per­sonal vic­tory and is proud at how he has fought back from ter­ri­ble in­juries.

Aside from trail­ing vet­eran Michael Rut­ter (Bathams/smt BMW) by a sec­ond at Glen He­len on the open­ing lap, Hutchin­son was never headed dur­ing the Wed­nes­day morn­ing four-lap­per, tak­ing the win by 22 sec­onds from Peter Hick­man (Smith’s BMW) and third­placed Dan Kneen (DTR BMW).

“It wasn’t an easy win, though,” Hutchy said as he pointed out that he had com­pleted just one lap of prac­tice on the bike he nor­mally races in the Bri­tish championship.

“I’ve never gone into a TT race in that po­si­tion be­fore.”

Hutchy also suf­fered a fright on the start line when his BMW’S dash dis­played an er­ror code and the bike had to be restarted sev­eral times be­fore the prob­lem cleared it­self.

“You don’t need that 10 sec­onds be­fore you are about to let the clutch out,” he smiled.

The Tyco BMW rider had to stay on his toes to keep the ever-im­prov­ing Hick­man at bay and his fastest lap of 131.639mph was quicker than he had gone in Sun­day’s Su­per­bike TT.

Hutchy added: “Peter is learn­ing the course and I was think­ing he was go­ing to be strong on the last lap.”

Aside from the op­po­si­tion, Hutchy had other is­sues to con­tend with. He ad­mit­ted he was still strug­gling to find the feel­ing he wants from his tyres af­ter mak­ing the switch from Met­zeler to Dun­lop rub­ber this year.

“We went with a softer tyre than I have ever used in my life for that race.

“I was back­ing it in a lot and I ran wide on lap two at Creg ny Baa. I was to­tally side­ways go­ing into there. I pushed the is­sue for us to change tyres and it’s worked as we have won two races... so now we have to keep work­ing on it.”

Last year’s sun-kissed TT, when a fort­night with­out rain pro­duced a track thick with rub­ber and full of grip, has left ev­ery­one spoilt.

Hutchy backed that up: “I need to get last year out of my head be­cause the con­di­tions were so good and we did loads of laps in prac­tice.

“I was rid­ing re­ally well and the bike felt un­be­liev­able with the grip we had on the track in 2016.”

He has strug­gled to make the tran­si­tion to this year’s con­di­tions where fre­quent pe­ri­ods of rain have cre­ated a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel. He has had some big slides, par­tic­u­larly at Glen He­len and Hill­berry.

“It’s rain­ing ev­ery night be­fore we get to go out again and the track is re­ally dusty.

“The feel­ing is not there. I am try­ing to learn new tyres as well as a track that is green. We are rid­ing right out to the kerb, run­ning on parts of the track where traf­fic never goes. If you roll off you load the front and lose cor­ner speed and drive for the next sec­tion.”

Hutchy ad­mit­ted he felt con­fused and frus­trated.

“I am get­ting wound up be­cause I can’t do what I was do­ing last year, but no-one can, it’s just how it is.

“My fastest lap was 131mph in the Su­per­stock race but last year I was do­ing 133s from a stand­ing start!”

‘My fastest lap was 131mph in the Su­per­stock race, but last year I was do­ing 133s’

Out of the seat on his way to 16th win

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