TT 2016: Hutchinson shatters Superstock record

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Ian Hutchinson obliterated the Superstock lap record in this afternoon’s Superstock TT, clocking a 133.098mph average speed from a standing start.

Indications of a super-fast Superstock pace came on Friday evening as Hutchinson broke what was then the outright lap record on his stocker with a 132.8mph and with Michael Dunlop on the pace, he bolted off the line to take the record from a standing start.


Dunlop went on to retire from the race at the end of the first lap, giving Hutchinson a clear run to the end but he was keen not to ease off and only did in the closing stages to save his tyre.

“Conditions have been getting better and better and now the problem is the tarmac is melting,” Hutchinson said. “At the start of the race because we’d just been on 600s I went wide in a few places as I rolled off because I was using the same gears shifts as a 600 but this is a much heavier bike that carries much more momentum. It took to Glen Helen to get back into Superstock mode!

“There’s always more to come, especially in the Senior, and if things carry on like this it will be fast. The Superstock bike is so close to a road bike it’s unbelievable. I think in the past you’d have to change quite a bit from a road bike but with what the BMW comes with as a road bike you don’t have much to do.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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