BSB: Hutchy keen to step up to BSB in 2017

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Ian Hutchinson has his eyes set on a return to the MCE British Superbike Championship for 2017 after taking his first short circuit victory since the leg injury that so nearly ended his career in 2010.

The TT star took an emotional win in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class on Sunday, his first on short circuits since 2009, beating Fraser Rogers and Michael Rutter by a country mile after his Tyco BMW team-mate wiped out championship leader Taylor Mackenzie on the first lap of the race.

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Having not been off the podium so far this year with the exception of the Donington Park race he missed while at the Isle of Man TT, Hutchinson is just 11 points behind Mackenzie in the standings and is targeting championship victory.

After a strong year in the stock class, the Tyco BMW man isn’t afraid to admit he hopes to step up to the Superbike class next season.

“I’ve shown I can battle with the guys in Superstock all year and now it’s looking like we can fight for the championship,” he told MCN. “I’d love to have the opportunity to do a full season in BSB and give it a proper go with the right team. I guess that’s up to them to decide what we can do but I’m definitely thinking about it for next year and I was thinking that before winning this weekend.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing