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TT 2015: Hutchinson: There's more to come

PBM Kawasaki's Ian Hutchinson back to his best with stunning runner-up finish in RST Superbike TT.
Ian Hutchinson underlined his return to top form as the PBM Kawasaki rider pushed Bruce Anstey all the way in Sunday's RST Superbike race.

The Yorkshire rider led through the first half of the race on until Anstey piled on the pressure on the final three laps, taking the lead for the first time following the second round of pit stops at the end of lap four.

Hutchinson lapped at 131.076mph on his final lap to set his best speed of the race but it wasn't enough to peg back Anstey, who won by 10.9 seconds on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda.

However, it was a stunning result for Hutchinson, who has vowed there is more to come during race week following his excellent runner-up finish on Paul Bird's machine.

“I got away well and just tried to settle into it and was happy with my pace over the first couple of laps,” said Hutchinson.

“The first pit stop went well but then halfway through the race it started raining on the west of the Island which unsettled me a bit. When you've had 30 operations on your leg and you're flat out on a Superbike with slicks on in the wet, it makes you think twice.

“The positions started to change and I gave it all I could on the last couple of laps but Bruce did enough to win and I'm pleased for him,” added the eight-times TT winner, who made history with five victories in a week in 2010 before a crash in a British Supersport race later that season almost ended his career.

“But for me to come back here and be so competitive… this is the first time I've raced at that kind of pace for five years now and I couldn't expect too much, I can only get stronger from now on.

“The bike and team is capable of winning so there's a lot more to come.”

Hutchinson will be in action on the PBM Kawasaki in Monday's RL360 Superstock race before switching to the TCC Yamaha R6 for the opening Monster Energy Supersport race in the evening.

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Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Superbike TT
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at 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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Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.

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June 08, 2015 3:06 AM

Met Ian before he was famous think he had just done the Manx on a cbr 600 sport from memory,I'd read about him in a local free bike magazine in Yorkshire was an article about his racing and him working in his bike shop behind bingley fire station anyway I rang him about my bike handling a bit naff so he said pop down,he did some set up on my bike and we had a bit of a chat, the fella is an absolute gent he would not accept any money off me ok it didn't take long but he was running a business ....he is as nice in real life as he comes across on TV but he is a hard man on a bike, was a close mate of the late great David jefferies too....stay safe Ian

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