Hutchinson takes Supersport victory in record time


Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson took his 12th Isle of Man TT victory on Monday morning as he dominated the Supersport race from start-to-finish.

The CAME BPT Yamaha rider originally defeated Michael Dunlop by 14.3 seconds, but the latter was later disqualified from the results due to a technical infringement identified during post race examination.

Silicone Engineering rider Dean Harrison was promoted into second place, with James Hillier taking the final podium position.

Hutchinson signaled his intentions from the off and by Glen Helen he had already opened up a three-second lead over Harrison, with Dunlop a further tenth back in third. Michael Rutter retired at Ballacraine on the same lap, with Peter Hickman stopping at Greeba to make adjustments before eventually retiring from the race.

Hutchinson continued to power-on at the front, posting a lap of 128.72mph second time around the Mountain Course – increasing his lead to 12.8 seconds over Dunlop.

The leading duo matched each other in the pits and by Ramsey on the third lap Hutchinson lead was over ten seconds and the Yorkshireman was also at the front of the pack on the roads, having overhauled Hillier, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey on the first two laps.

Behind the leaders there was an intense battle for fourth place between Cummins, Hillier and McGuinness. 

With conditions on the island again perfect, Hutchinson could ride to his signals in the closing lap and a half and although he encountered traffic on the final lap, he duly came home for his 12th TT win – his seventh in the Supersport class – by over 14 seconds from Dunlop who had a 38.6s gap over Harrison.

The battle for fourth went all the way to the wire before Hillier secured it by the narrow margin of 0.7s from Cummins with McGuinness only a further four seconds back in sixth.

The top ten was rounded out by Lee Johnston, William Dunlop, Steve Mercer and Gary Johnson. The 10th-place man lost valuable time in the pits when his Triumph refused to fire at the end of the second lap.

Rob Hodson, who finished 14th in the race, was also disqualified having been found to have been running a significantly over-sized engine.