TT 2016: Hutchy doubles up with Superstock victory!
Ian Hutchinson took his second victory of the day in this afternoon’s RL 360 Superstock TT, crossing the line a whopping 27.644sec ahead of second-placed Dean Harrison after a retirement for Michael Dunlop.
The Tyco BMW star had pulled two seconds on his main BMW rival by the first checkpoint and continued to build his buffer as he completed the first lap with an average speed of 133.098mph to obliterate the Superstock lap record.
Disaster struck for Dunlop as he unexpectedly came into the pits at the end of the opening lap, signalling to his team that he was having issues with the gear lever. Despite their best efforts to fix the problem, he was left with no choice but to retire.
Having inherited second with Dunlop’s retirement, James Hillier held the runner-up spot for most of the race but a hard-charging Dean Harrison had caught him by the final lap. Just 0.2 sec separated the Kawasaki duo at Ballaugh on the final lap, with Harrison taking it by 1.9 at the line.
Michael Rutter took a strong fourth place ahead of Gary Johnson with John McGuinness sixth. Conor Cummins took seventh ahead of William Dunlop with David Johnson and Steve Mercer completing the top ten.
- Ian Hutchinson – BMW
- Dean Harrison – Kawasaki
- James Hillier – Kawasaki
- Michael Rutter – BMW
- Gary Johnson – BMW
- John McGuinness – Honda
- Conor Cummins – Honda
- William Dunlop – Kawasaki
- David Johnson – BMW
- Steve Mercer – Honda