Each year, we award the motorcycle racer you think has most impressed with their results from across the year with the MCN Man of the Year trophy. With voting for the 2016 Man of the Year now open, we thought we’d take a more detailed look at some of the contenders….
It was a remarkable year for Ian ‘Hutchy’ Hutchinson as he moved to the Tyco BMW squad for his road racing campaign. After returning to the top step for the first time since his horrific leg injuries last year, Hutchy was gunning for more success in 2016 and that was just what he got.
The Bingley Bullet took victory in his first outing on the roads with the Tyco squad with an emphatic win in the Superstock class at the North West 200. He would go on to be unbeaten in the Stock class throughout the season with victories at the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix too.
It wasn’t just wins Hutchy was taking on the stocker either, a lap record of 133.098mph in the Superstock class earned him a place in the history books with a time that would have been good enough to compete at the front in the Senior race.
Two victories in the Supersport class at the TT saw him unbeaten in the 600cc category in two years, and while a big bike victory might have evaded him at the TT he soon showed he could win on a Superbike at the Ulster Grand Prix as he stormed to an incredible four victories in a day. He also became the fastest road racer in the world with a 134.089mph lap.
On top of his remarkable roads results, Hutchinson returned to short circuits in 2016 in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. Initially, it was just to get some laps under his belt but when he found himself on the podium and competing for the championship, he decided to complete the season. At Snetterton, just a week after the Isle of Man TT, Hutchy clinched his first short circuit win since the crash that so nearly ended his career.
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