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TT 2015: Hutchinson heads Superbike times with 130mph lap

PBM Kawasaki's Ian Hutchinson topped the Superbike times during Isle of Man TT practice on Thursday with a speed of 130.266mph to lead Honda's John McGuinness.
PBM Kawasaki's Ian Hutchinson cracked the 130mph barrier at the Isle of Man TT on Thursday to head the Superbike practice times.

The Yorkshire rider set the fastest lap of TT 2015 so far at 130.266mph, with 21-times winner John McGuinness second quickest on the Honda Racing Fireblade at 130.020mph.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey, who led the way on Wednesday, was third fastest on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda at 129.957mph.

Ulsterman Michael Dunlop, who sensationally dumped his Milwaukee Yamaha in favour of a return to BMW machinery, set the fourth fastest time overall on his MD Racing S1000RR Superstock bike at 129.659mph to go clear at the top of the Superstock leaderboard.

Dunlop's Hawk Racing Buildbase BMW Superbike arrived on the Isle of Man on Thursday evening but the 26-year-old did not have the chance to ride the machine and will be eager to set his first laps on the bike during final qualifying on Friday.

Tyco BMW riders William Dunlop and Guy Martin were the top six, lapping at 129.419mph and 128.963mph respectively.

Michael Rutter impressed on the Penz13.com Bathams BMW with a speed of 128.529mph as he finished seventh fastest ahead of Manx rider Conor Cummins on the second of the Honda Racing Fireblades (128.331mph).

Behind Dunlop in the Superstock class, Bingley man Hutchinson was second fastest with a speed of 128.308mph and was followed by Aussie David Johnson (127.470mph) and James Hillier on the Quattro Kawasaki at 127.127mph.

Anstey lapped at 127.045mph with Lee Johnston completing the top six at 126.759mph on the East Coast/Burdens BMW.

Gary Johnson was fastest in the Supersport class on the Mar-Train Yamaha at 124.307mph from Anstey (124.051mph) and William Dunlop on the CD/IC Racing Yamaha (123.708mph).

Related Pictures

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Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki during practice for the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Sidecar crew Ian and Carl Bell

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June 04, 2015 10:31 PM

Shaping up to be a fantastic battle. A fit Hutchy and Michael Dunlop on the back foot with machinery but a fierce need to win is good enough, but throw in the rapid wrinklies Anstey and Rutter and the nearly man Martin and this should be epic. I just wish I was there this year.


June 05, 2015 9:43 AM

I know nothing about motobike racing series' but every year when I do manage to get a glimpse of the IoM TT I get goosebumps watching the riders on board shots. They are brave men that's for sure. Absolutely incredible.

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