Author: Phil Wain Posted: 06 Jun 2016
Ian Hutchinson made it two wins in a day when he smashed the lap and race records in Monday afternoon’s RL360 Superstock race, the Tyco BMW rider leading from start to finish to take victory by 27 seconds. With an opening lap of 133.098mph, it was the Bingley rider’s 13th TT win in total as Dean Harrison and James Hillier battled all the way to second, Harrison sealing it by just one second.
“I pushed on from the start again and I love riding the bike as it seems so easy to do everything,” said Hutchinson afterwards. “I can ride the bike hard and I could see the gap was increasing on the first lap and although it’s obviously a shame Michael (Dunlop) went out, I’d got a handy margin after the first lap.”
“I got a board saying ‘P1, +20s, Dunlop out’ near Ballacraine on the second lap and after that I could take it a little bit steadier. When I saw that I’d done a lap of 133mph, I had a nice smile under my helmet so I could ride to my signals once I had a lead of more than 20s. There were yellow flags out at the end of the Cronk y Voddy for two laps so we had to take it steady there and in the final lap, it was all about looking after the tyre life.”
Just like he had done earlier in the morning, Hutchinson blazed a trail from the off and he was again leading at Glen Helen, his advantage over Dunlop two seconds with Gary Johnson a similar distance behind in third. However, it was clear Hutchinson was putting in a special lap and so it proved as he flashed across the line at a speed of 133.098mph, quicker than what he’d done in Saturday’s Superbike race. The gap to Dunlop had grown to 15.9s but the Ulsterman was in trouble, pulling into the pits with a broken gear lever.
Hutchinson was now leading on the road and with Dunlop out, his advantage over Hillier had rocketed up to 24s at Glen Helen and he kept extending his lead all the way round the lap. Indeed, with a second lap of 132.93mph, the gap to Hillier had grown to 32.7s with the Kawasaki rider enjoying a six second lead over Harrison.
With a commanding lead, Hutchinson could control the race from the front and that’s exactly what he did over the next two laps, his final lap being just over 129mph as he savoured the moment.
However, the battle for second and third was raging between Hillier and Harrison as just over a second split them on the third lap, while there was also a four-way battle going on for fourth between John McGuinness – who again gained time at the pit stop - Johnston, Johnson and Rutter.
Harrison had now overtaken Rutter on the road and the pair of them both lapped at over 131mph on their final laps which enabled Dean to take second and Rutter fourth, Hillier just missing out on second by 1.9s. Rutter got the better of Johnson for fourth by 3.2s and with Johnston retiring at Sulby Crossroads, McGuinness took sixth.