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TT 2016: Hutchinson's pride at Hailwood feat

'It's astonishing to be anywhere near names like that. My team have done me proud again' - Ian Hutchinson.
Ian Hutchinson has revealed his pride at matching Mike Hailwood's haul of 14 Isle of Man TT wins following another dominant performance in the second Monster Energy Supersport race on Wednesday.

Hutchinson lived up to his favourite tag on the Team Traction Control Yamaha following his victory in Monday's race and he led the four-lap race from start to finish, crossing the line with 17.5 seconds in hand over Michael Dunlop.

The 36-year-old has now won four Supersport TT races in a row and is the most successful rider ever in the class, chalking up eight victories in total around the Mountain Course.

The Bingley Bullet said: “It's astonishing to be anywhere near names like [Hailwood]. My team have done me proud again and it's only a small little team with three mechanics and it's been faultless: four TT 600 races in a row and it's so nice when it's going like this.

“The grip was definitely lower and at the start of the race I wasn't sure if my front tyre was going flat because the grip at the front was definitely down compared to the other day, but it poured down with rain so it's washed the grip away but it's so nice out there and the course is in good condition.

“Thanks to all the guys doing the boards out there because they have been stuck out there all day and have done such a good job for me,” he added.

“Every now and then you have a lock-to-lock tank-slapper and get out of the seat but I just love riding this bike and I feel so comfortable on it.”

Bradford's Dean Harrison completed the top three on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki for his third rostrum of the 2016 festival.

Wednesday's race was due to start at 10.45am but a series of delays caused by sea mist and fog saw the start time pushed back to 12.45pm.

Related Pictures

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Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the 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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June 08, 2016 5:47 PM

This man is a total hero. A nice decent guy who is sublime on a motorcycle. The way he has come back from the terrible injuries he has had is amazing. He deserves a knighthood for his efforts. Roll on friday - add the senior to the tally!!

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