On the 11th June 2010 Ian Hutchinson stood up on the foot pegs of his Padgett’s Honda Superbike, punched the air, and took the chequered flag of that year’s Senior TT. The finish marked two things for the softly spoken Yorkshireman; his eighth career TT win, and a place in history as the first rider in history to sweep to five consecutive race victories in a single TT fortnight.
In the post-race conference, Hutchy joked: “I said before the race that I could do with winning one more – seven isn’t really a number I’ve ever been keen on.” The result, and Hutchy’s quip about winning more, were both poignant moments. In just under three month’s time the then 30 year old would be laying on the asphalt at turn one of Silverstone, clutching his left leg, having suffered compound fractures to his tibia and fibula as a result of being hit by another competitor during the race.
More than his extraordinary results blasting around the Isle of Man though, it is arguably what happened next that earned Hutchy the fan nickname, “the Miracle Man”.
“Success breeds success, and once you’ve had it it’s the only reason you keep on competing. The same holds true for my injuries in a way; the only reason to come back to racing after the accidents is to win more. It’s no different this time to 2010, I don’t really look at the injury as a hindrance, it just something else I have to work around, and make it [success] happen.” – Ian Hutchinson, 2018.
Fighting back from injury with incredible resolve, Hutchy returned to racing at the end of 2011, finishing on the podium at the treacherous street-based Macau Grand Prix. Signed to Swan Yamaha for 2012 Hutchy returned to the TT – taking an admirable 6th in the Supersport race. Complications with his leg injuries nevertheless forced a further 18-month hiatus from racing. However after enduring close to 30 surgeries to his left leg and ankle, Hutchy was again eyeing the Mountain Course.
In preparation, Hutchy once again turned to the Macau Grand Prix at the end of 2013. Stunning all in the paddock, he took pole position and then went on to win in sensational style, even beating the event’s most successful rider Michael Rutter in the process.
Skip forward to 2015, and after many more months of agonizing training, Hutchy finally got his Isle of Man reward – taking a hat trick of victories in the Supersport and Superstock classes, riding aboard Yamaha machinery from Team Traction Control, owned by Prodigy front man Keith Flint. Further wins and podiums followed again throughout 2016 and 2017 raising his win tally to an incredible 16 TT victories.