Supersport TT win; check. Superstock win and lap record; check and check. One thing is for sure - the Bingley Bullet is living up to his reputation. We’re talking about race week at the 2016 Isle of Man TT of course, and the simply spectacular style that Ian Hutchinson took a clean sweep of wins in yesterday’s Monster Energy Supersport TT, and the RL360 Quantum Superstock TT.
Leading the way on the Mountain Course from start to finish, Hutchy opened out a 14.3 second lead by the final flag. No mean feat when you consider it was again Michael Dunlop applying the pressure and chasing him down in second position.
While the M-claw duo shared the podium after the race, unfortunately Dunlop was later excluded from the results on technical grounds following a post race technical inspection of the engine in his BMW machine. An official statement from the race organisers said: “they do not believe there was a deliberate attempt to gain an unfair advantage and no significant performance advantage was gained". John McGuinness rounded out the top six, with a solid performance, gritting through a heated battle with James Hillier and Lee Johnston.
With the afternoon Manx sun blazing high in the sky, the riders geared up for another assault on the Isle of Man roads in the Superstock competition. As the name suggests, the bikes used in the Superstock class are the closest in specification to their road going dealership counterparts. Jumping aboard his BMW Tyco bike – Hutchy once again blasted down Bray Hill, leading the way in the speed and time stakes. 37,7 miles later –from a standing start – the 36 year old screamed across the line on Glencrutchery Road, clocking in an astonishing lap average of 133.098mph. The rest as they say is history.
A perfect repeat of his dominance in the Superstock class from 2015, a 13th career TT win, and one massive gauntlet thrown down to his rivals for the remaining races of TT 2016. “It’s astonishing really – I didn’t expect it,” said Hutchy after the race. “Conditions have been getting better and better, and I’ve just enjoyed it so much. The Superstock bike is so close to a road bike, and it’s unbelievable what it can do. Its great to be able to give the team their first win here in quite few years. I really love riding this bike – it’s so familiar to me, everything seemed so easy – so I just kept pushing hard. There’s definitely more to come for senior [TT].”
Michael Dunlop was sadly denied the chance to stage a fight back against the Bingley Bullet [Hutchinson], after the gear leaver broke on his machine, forcing him to pull into the pits after the opening lap. “Of course it’s a shame to loose the result on technical grounds,” said Dunlop. “It was a mistake during the build of the engine, and that’s that. It fires me up to come back stronger in the races later this week.”
John McGuinness rounded out the top six, putting in a super solid performance aboard his Honda CBR600RR. “Ten laps today is a big day – we’ve had a really good one though,” explained John – having covered over 370 miles at race speed in one day. “Both bikes haven’t missed a beat, and we’ve had a couple of good finishes. Game on for the rest of the week.”
Full results for the Monster Energy Supersport TT 1 are available here, and the RL360 Quantum Superstock results are available, here. The action continues on Wednesday with the second Supersport TT, Lightweight and groundbreaking TT Zero class.