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Hutchinson bids for Mountain record at 2010 TT

The 2010 Isle of Man has been all about Ian Hutchinson, who is now a six-times winner, one of a select few to win three TTs in a week and on the edge of matching a previously unrivalled record.
Padgetts Honda racer Ian Hutchinson has secured his place among the greats of the Isle of Man TT with three wins from three starts in 2010, and with two solo races left to go he could he equal, and even beat, the four wins in a week record set by Phillip McCallen.

Hutchy dominated the second day of racing on Monday, storming to victory in the first Supersport race and the producing a new class lap record on the final lap of the Superstock showdown to snatch victory away from Ryan Farquhar – and become the first person ever to lap the TT course at more than 130mph on a superstock.

In the four lap 600cc Supersport race, Hutchinson beat Guy Martin by just 3.03 seconds for his second TT win of the week, and fifth of his career. Michael Dunlop came through after a sluggish opening lap to take third.

Martin stole the early advantage at Glen Helen on the opening lap, leading Hutchinson by 1.7 seconds with Manxman Daniel Kneen putting in a stunning ride in third, another 1.6 seconds back. Positions were close behind with John McGuinness, William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Conor Cummins and Bruce Anstey fourth to eighth and separated by just 1.6 seconds. Dunlop's poor first lap left him back in ninth.

By Ramsey, Martin had moved another tenth of a second forward, but Hutchinson was stronger over the Mountain and with an opening lap of 125.536mph led the Lincolnshire rider by just eight tenths of a second. Kneen held on to third while Dunlop hit his stride and moved up to fourth.

Martin showed his prowess on the first nine miles again to turn the deficit into a 0.33s advantage second time around. Kneen was still in third, but only 0.5s ahead of a charging Dunlop.

Just like the opening lap, Hutchinson proved to be quicker for the remainder of the circuit and took the lead back at Ramsey Hairpin by over 2 seconds. A second lap of 126.207mph gave him a 3.39s lead as they came in to refuel.

Dunlop had also lapped in excess of 126mph to seize third from Kneen with William Dunlop and McGuinness now holding on to fifth and sixth. Anstey stopped at Ballaugh where he was reported as making adjustments.

When the riders left the pits after their solitary fuel stop, Hutchinson had pulled further ahead to lead by four seconds, while Dunlop was closing in on Martin, now just six seconds adrift. Martin again charged through the high speed run to Ballacraine and the twists and turns of the Glen Helen section to lie just 0.28s behind his fellow Honda rider Hutchinson.




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Ian Hutchinson takes his sixth career TT win, his third of the 2010 Isle of Man TT and sets a new Superstock lap record.
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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Hutch Fan - Unregistered

June 08, 2010 1:28 PM

What's especially nice is the extremely mild mannered way he comes across in interviews - he sounds like he'd be afraid of his own shadow! And yet he rides like an extremely talented lunatic!



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