Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 09 Jun 2015
Ian Hutchinson stormed to his second TT win of the week in this afternoon's RL360 Superstock TT, less than 24 hours after returning to the top step for the first time since his horrific accident in 2010/11.
BMW’s Michael Dunlop led the first two laps, but a stronger pitstop from Hutchinson saw him take the lead into lap three.
Further problems for Guy Martin saw him ruled out of a strong third place as his bike wouldn’t start in pitlane losing him over thirty seconds.
Hutchinson kept stretching his lead, which increased to 12 seconds by Ballaugh on lap three, with James Hillier, Lee Johnston and Peter Hickman fighting for the final podium spot.
GBmoto’s Gary Johnson retired from the race at Parliament Square on lap three.
PBM Kawasaki’s Hutchinson eventually crossed the line some 19.022 seconds over Dunlop in second, with Lee Johnston taking a strong third place.
James Hillier was fourth ahead of Pete Hickman with Dave Johnson rounding out the top six.
Hutchinson’s victory sees him become a ten-times TT winner with the 35 year old now a clear favourite for tomorrow’s second Supersport race and Friday’s Senior TT.
ROYAL LONDON 360 SUPERSTOCK RACE
1. I. Hutchinson - PBM Kawasaki
2. M. Dunlop - MD Racing BMW
3. L. Johnston - East Coast Construction BMW
4. J. Hillier - Quattro Plant Kawasaki
5. P. Hickman - Briggs Equipment UK BMW
6. D. Johnson - Smiths BMW
7. G. Martin - Tyco BMW
8. J. McGuinness - EMC Honda
9. B. Anstey - Valvoline Racing by Padgetts
10. C. Cummins - Jackson Racing Honda