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Ian Hutchinson secures fifth TT win in a week

Ian Hutchinson roared to victory in the Senior TT to claim the most historic trophy in motorcycle racing, and his place in the history books.
Victory in the 2010 Senior TT has given Ian Hutchinson the record of becoming the first man in the event's 103-year history to win five races in a week.

The Padgetts Honda star had already secured victory in the Superbike, Superstock and both Supersport races.

All eyes were on the Yorkshireman as the race got under way, but he faced strong competition from the likes of John McGuiness and Keith Amor, both riding for HM Plant Honda, Guy Martin on the Wilson Craig Honda and flying Manxman Conor Cummins on the McAdoo Kawasaki.

The six-lap race was marred on lap three when Martin, who was leading at the end of lap two, crashed heavily at Ballagarey. His bike caught fire and the race had to be red flagged while fire engines attended. Martin was air-lifted to hospital with chest injuries.

The Senior TT was re-started, with a reduced distance of four laps. But the re-run was also hit by a serious accident when Cummins crashed on the second circuit at the Verandah. He was taken to hospital with arm and leg injuries and his condition was described as 'serious but stable'.

In the initial race Hutchinson, McGuinness, Cummins and Martin went head to head over the first two laps, with all four lapping at over 130mph and less than six seconds splitting the quartet after the first pit stop.

When the race re-started at 3pm, Hutchinson stole the early initiative, but it was close and his advantage over McGuinness at Glen Helen was just half a second. Cummins was only a tenth further back in third with Donald in fourth and Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar in fifth and sixth - just three seconds splitting the top six.

By Ramsey Hairpin, Hutchinson had edged 1.14s clear and McGuinness held a similar advantage over Cummins, the gap between those two 1.5 seconds. As the riders flashed across Glencrutchery Road for the first time, Hutchinson led with an opening lap of 131.487mph but it was close with McGuinness only 0.61s adrift, the 15-times winner having clawed back some time over the Mountain. Cummins was still in contention, only two seconds behind in third whilst Keith Amor was now up in to fourth closely followed by Farquhar and Anstey, both of whom had retired from the earlier abandoned race.

Hutchinson eked out a further two seconds on the second run to Glen Helen but no sooner had he passed the timing beam than McGuinness was out, the HM Plant Honda having coasted to a halt just on the exit of the left hander. This promoted Cummins up to second but he found himself 3 seconds behind as they reached Ramsey. Amor, Farquhar and Anstey were all promoted up the order with Ian Lougher now in sixth but there was further drama when Cummins had failed to reach the Bungalow.

Cummins' crash allowed Hutchinson's lead to rocket up to 27 seconds, another 131mph+ lap helping him on his way. Amor was close to his first ever 130mph lap in second with Farquhar, Anstey, Lougher and Michael Rutter now occupying the leading six positions.




Related Pictures

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Ian Hutchinson celebrates victory in the Senior TT, his fifth win in a week at the 2010 Isle of Man TT
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.
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.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Honda4Life

June 12, 2010 12:27 AM

Fantastic!!!! what an amazing accomplishment...will take one helluva performance just to equal it in the future. 8 TT wins now and hes still pretty young.....i can see him catching up to JM pretty soon..... :)

Buelliful - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 9:56 PM

Fantastic! Hat's off to Hutchy, 5 out of 5 is remarkable from both rider and bike. The team should be very proud of themselves aswell. Excellent coverage on the TT website too, made work almost bareable! LOL :p



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