That was a TT to re­mem­ber!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - Michael Guy Sports Ed­i­tor

Well what an in­tense cou­ple of weeks that was! With un­pre­dicta bl e we a t he r wreak­ing havoc on the prac­tice and race sched­ule it looked at one stage as if TT 2017 was go­ing to be a washout. But thanks to the cool head­ed­ness of Clerk of the Course Gary Thomp­son and TT supremo Paul Phillips and a few lucky breaks in the weather, al­most the full rac­ing sched­ule took place with only the sec­ond Su­pers­port race be­ing aban­doned.

With the lack of prac­tice there was an air of un­pre­dictabil­ity ev­ery time the rid­ers lined up on the Glen­crutch­ery Road start line and as a re­sult of the lack of track time, fans that braved the con­di­tions were re­warded with some of the clos­est and most thrilling races in re­cent years.

2017 will be re­mem­bered for Ian Hutchin­son’s Su­per­bike and Su­per­stock win along with his heavy crash in the Se­nior, Michael Dun­lop’s re­turn to the Su­pers­port top step be­fore tak­ing a stun­ning Se­nior vic­tory on the brand new Ben­netts Suzuki and old guard Michael Rut­ter’s Light­weight win 19 years af­ter his last petrol bike win.

Bruce An­stey won the TT Zero ahead of Guy Martin who had a shocker of a TT fol­low­ing his Su­per­bike crash and with­drawal from the Se­nior. While in Side­cars, broth­ers Ben and Tom Bir­chall won both races and were the only rid­ers to break the lap record with a breath­tak­ing 117mph lap.

It was also the year where new TT stars were born with Peter Hick­man join­ing the TT elite with five bril­liant podi­ums, he was joined by Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen, James Hil­lier and Martin Jes­sopp who all stepped up to the mark with podium fin­ishes.

MCN’S team of re­porters have lived and breathed the TT for the last two weeks and have got the in­side line of all the big sto­ries that make up this in­cred­i­ble once-a-year event.

And no TT re­view would be com­plete with­out 23-time Tt-win­ning leg­end John Mcguin­ness giv­ing his thoughts and wis­dom on the great­est race on earth. En­joy

Michael Dun­lop shuts out the noise of the bikes ahead of him, the scream­ing fans and gets ready for the job in hand – win­ning another TT race

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