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Team Traction Control confirm Hutchinson for 2016 Isle of Man TT Supersport class

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Team Traction Control have confirmed that 11-time Isle of Man TT race winner Ian Hutchinson will ride for them once again in 2016.

Hutchinson will ride for Keith Flint’s team in the Supersport classes at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

The 36-year-old dominated the Supersport class on-board the team’s Yamaha YZF-R6 at this year’s event, winning the first race by over seven seconds from Bruce Anstey before beating the New Zealander by just under 15 seconds in the second race.

Hutchinson said: “It was an obvious decision to join the team on their Supersport bike after the results we had this year. Before the TT I had never ridden the bike until the first lap of practice and then we won both Supersport races so this feels perfect for me.

“It was so easy coming and riding with the team and we know what we can improve together for next year so we can move the job forward again.”

2015 saw Hutchinson return to full fitness following numerous set-backs in his recovery after breaking his leg in a British Supersport race in 2010.

Despite all the set-backs Hutchinson re-emerged as a TT contender in 2015, by also taking victory in the Superstock race and finishing on the podium in the Superbike and Senior events.

He now finds himself level with Michael Dunlop, Phillip McCallen and the late Steve Hislop on 11 TT race wins.

Team manager Grant Bunting added: “We are also really happy to be working with Hutchy again; we had a fantastic result with the clean sweep in the Supersport races at the TT last season and we know he will only come back stronger next year.”

It has also been confirmed that Hutchinson has switched from Paul Bird Motorsport to the Tyco BMW team and will compete in the Superbike and Superstock classes on-board the S1000RR machine next year.

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