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TT 2015: Hutchinson in dream Supersport triumph

Ian Hutchinson returns to the top step of the Isle of Man TT rostrum for the first time in five years with a stunning performance in the first Monster Energy Supersport race.
Ian Hutchinson put his injury hell behind him to return to the top step at the Isle of Man TT with a fairy-tale victory in the opening Monster Energy Supersport race on Monday evening.

Hutchinson hit the front at the end of the opening lap and stayed there until the end as the Yorkshire won by 7.7 seconds from Bruce Anstey to secure his ninth TT win and his first since he managed an historic five-timer in 2010.

The 35-year-old's career was almost ended by a serious leg injury at the end of the 2010 season in a British Supersport race at Silverstone, but the Bingley Bullet never gave up his dream of one day returning to the pinnacle on the Mountain Course and reaped his rewards with a sensational performance on Keith Flint's Team Traction Control Yamaha R6.

Hutchinson only completed three laps on the machine in practice after deciding against riding the Tsingtao Racing MV Agusta as the team opted to focus on carrying out more development work on the bike for 2016.

He proved that he was back to top form with a magnificent ride to second place in the RST Superbike race on Sunday behind Anstey but the Yorkshireman went one better on Monday to create one of the biggest stories in recent TT history.

Broughton's Gary Johnson was the early leader on the Mar-Train Yamaha R6 at Glen Helen on lap one by two seconds from team-mate Dean Harrison, with Hutchinson holding third and only two-hundredths of a second further adrift.

However, at the end of the lap Hutchinson held an advantage of 0.7 seconds over Johnson following a standing start lap of 126.4mph, with Anstey now into third, 2.3 seconds further behind.

Harrison was a retirement on the second lap at Crosby while Michael Dunlop was also ruled out on his MD Racing Honda, stopping at Kirk Michael.

Hutchinson was gradually pulling away and held a lead of 3.5 seconds at Ramsey on lap two from Anstey, who was now on the move on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda as Johnson dropped back to third.

After the pit stops, Hutchinson's lead was up to six seconds over Anstey and Johnson, who were separated only by a fraction of a second.

Guy Martin, who had been holding fourth on the Smiths Triumph at the end of lap two, received a 30 second time penalty for speeding in pit lane during his pit stop.

Hutchinson settled into a rhythm and extended his lead to seven seconds on lap three at the Bungalow over Anstey, who moved ahead of Johnson by four seconds.

On the final lap, Anstey briefly threatened to close on Hutchinson, cutting his lead to five seconds at Glen Helen, but the Yamaha rider put the hammer down and his advantage was back up to more than seven seconds at Ballaugh.

There was no twist in the tale as Hutchinson held on to take an emotional triumph by 7.7 seconds over Anstey following a lap of 127.571mph, with Johnson completing the top three.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston was an excellent fourth on the ECC/Burdens Triumph, who finished 12.7 seconds down on Johnson.

Martin recovered from his penalty to take fifth while James Hillier completed the top six on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki.

John McGuinness and his Jackson Racing team-mate Conor Cummins rounded out the top eight.

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Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha R6 at 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 08, 2015 8:49 PM

Absolutely fantastic. Cracking bloke and not many could or would come back from such an horrendous injury. As someone mentioned earlier, just imagine how many tts he would have won had he not had his crash at Silverstone. Chuffed to bits for him.

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