‘ That wasn’t an easy win!’
Hutchy notches up 16th TT win and becomes most successful Superstock rider in history
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