TT 2016: Race bosses clarify Supersport drama

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Isle of Man TT bosses have clarified the situation which caused Ian Hutchinson to blast Michael Dunlop during the press conference after yesterday’s Senior TT.

Hutchinson hit out at his BMW rival for allegedly accusing him of cheating in Wednesday’s second Supersport race.

Dunlop was under the impression the pistons in Hutchinson’s R6 Supersport bike were illegal and TT bosses have today confirmed such questions came from a query made as the bike underwent its standard pre-race scrutineering.

“As is standard procedure after every TT race the machines of the top three finishers, as well as selected other machines, are subject to extensive post-race technical inspections by qualified event officials to ensure that they comply with the TT regulations,” the statement read.

“This technical inspection was carried out on all of the top three finishers in TT Supersport Race 2 on Wednesday 8th June and no discrepancies were identified in any of the motorcycles checked and no team or competitor lodged official protests.

“A question was raised during the post-race inspection regarding the size of the pistons of one of the machines in the top three and the pistons were found to comply with TT regulations. 

“The organisers are entirely confident that there is no issue with any of the podium finishers in the Supersport 2 Race.”

Dunlop was disqualified from Monday’s first Supersport race after it was revealed his engine contained illegally coated cam buckets. Hutchinson won both races. 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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