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TT 2016: Technical director issues Hutchy apology

Isle of Man TT Technical Director Adrian Gorst has apologised to Ian Hutchinson for a 'heat of the moment' comment concerning the eligibility of the pistons in his race-winning Yamaha R6.
The Technical Director appointed by ACU Events Ltd at the Isle of Man TT has apologised to Ian Hutchinson for any confusion caused in the aftermath of his victory in the second Monster Energy Supersport race.

A question was raised concerning the size of the pistons used in Hutchinson's Team Traction Control Yamaha R6, although the parts were later confirmed as eligible.

A statement issued by the organisers on Monday evening on behalf of Technical Director Adrian Gorst said: “I made an initial comment in the heat of the moment during post-race inspection but on closer examination and after reviewing the TT regulations, it became clear that the piston was eligible and complied with the Technical Regulations for the Supersport Class.

“At no point were any of the machines formally declared illegal and no formal protest was received from any of the other competing teams or riders. I would like to apologise to anyone affected by my comment.”

Hutchinson had taken to social media to demand an apology after an initial statement issued on Saturday afternoon confirmed that no issues had been found with any of the top-three machines in the race.

He wrote on Twitter: “I won't be happy until the scrutineer involved apologises for his incompetence in creating this suspicion!”

Following Monday's latest statement, the Yorkshire rider said on Twitter: 'Finally and I apologise to Micheal Dunlop as Adrian Gorst requested a piston stating a protest was made by them!

'Haters will still hate but now I can reflect on been [sic] joint 3rd most successful solo rider in history at the TT with the great Mike Hailwood'.

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Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race 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 14, 2016 7:26 AM

iamzombie: As much as I like Hutchy, the question now remains: will he apologize to Michael Dunlop. If not, I just lost a fair bit of respect for him.
It says in the report "Following Monday's latest statement, the Yorkshire rider said on Twitter: 'Finally and I apologise to Micheal Dunlop as Adrian Gorst requested a piston stating a protest was made by them!"

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