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Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson dominated at the Isle of Man TT this year, as the BMW pair stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Dunlop clinched a prestigious Superbike and Senior TT double on the Hawk Racing BMW and established a new outright lap record for the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, going agonisingly close to the magical 134mph mark with a blistering speed of 133.962mph to cap a memorable week on the Isle of Man.

However, Bingley Bullet Ian Hutchinson ensured the Ulster rider didn't have things all his own way as he repeated his 2015 treble in the Superstock and Supersport classes to move onto 14 victories, drawing level with Mike Hailwood and moving one win clear of arch-rival Dunlop.

Hutchinson was in a class of his own on the Team Traction Control Yamaha as he won both Supersport races in commanding style. He also chalked up a win on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock class, but twice had to settle for the runner-up spot in the premier Superbike and Senior showdowns behind Dunlop.

Honda's John McGuinness didn't quite have the pace to run with the BMW duo in the Superbike and Senior races, but the 23-time winner completed the rostrum in third in both races and remains a force to be reckoned with.

Hutchinson also produced a masterclass at the Ulster Grand Prix, notching a fabulous four-timer as he won both Superbike races, the Superstock race and the second Supersport race to rule the roost at Dundrod. He also became the first rider ever to break the 134mph barrier, setting a new absolute course record on his final lap in the second Superbike race of 134.089mph.

At the North West 200 earlier in the year, Dunlop won the sole Superbike race and shattered Josh Brookes' outright lap record, while Hutchinson again had the edge in the Superstock race.

Yet the main headlines at the North West went to former two-time British champion Alastair Seeley, whose Supersport brace on the Gearlink Kawasaki saw him become the most successful rider ever in the history of the event from roads legend Robert Dunlop. Seeley has now won 17 times around the famous 'Triangle' course and has outlined his goal of surpassing 20 wins in the future.

Peter Hickman perhaps didn't hit the heights many expected this year at the TT, with a solid fourth place in the Superbike race tempered by DNFs in the Superstock and Senior races. However, he was on the podium at the North West 200 in the Superstock and Supersport classes and won a thrilling race at the Macau Grand Prix in September, taking his second successive win in the Far East.

Veteran Bruce Anstey maintained his remarkable record of international road race wins with a hard-earned victory in the opening Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix, thwarting Ian Hutchinson's bid to complete a clean sweep of the feature classes at Dundrod. Anstey also pushed Hutchinson all the way on the Padgett's Honda RC213V-S as he twice finished as the runner-up in the Superbike races. At the TT, a crash during practice left Anstey battered and bruised for race week, but he managed to add another win to his tally with victory in the TT Zero race on the Mugen Shinden electric motorcycle.

The evergreen Michael Rutter also had a strong season on the Bathams BMW, finishing third in the Superbike race at the North West 200 and fourth in the Superstock race. Rutter also finished fourth in the Superstock TT and maintained his excellent record at the Macau Grand Prix, taking the runner-up spot behind Hickman.

Bradford's Dean Harrison was back to his best this year after switching back to Kawasaki machinery in the Silicone Engineering team, finishing on the podium in both Supersport races at the TT and sealing a terrific runner-up finish in the Superstock race. Harrison also finished fourth in the Senior race and fifth in the Superbike race during a consistent week on the Isle of Man. The 27-year-old also won the feature Gold Cup race at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough for the second year running.

Glenn Irwin concentrated on the British Superbike Championship this year on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati, but the Northern Ireland prospect created a stir at the Macau Grand Prix, where he was right in the mix for the rostrum on his debut until a technical problem forced him out with a lap to go.

William Dunlop, Ivan Lintin, Lee Johnston, James Hillier and Conor Cummins also make the shortlist.

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Related Pictures

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Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
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
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

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RD500

December 16, 2016 12:33 PM

Hutchinson by a mile, his Stocker lap was unreal in the TT, limited time cost him the Senior having to run a stock engine in the Senior race. He destroyed every one at the Ulster and set a new lap record.



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