TT 2017: Hutchinson takes Superbike win from Hickman

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Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson has taken victory in today’s Superbike TT, beating Peter Hickman by five seconds after six laps to increase his overall tally to 16 wins as Dean Harrison completed the podium.

In an incident packed race, which saw race favourite Michael Dunlop retire at Handley’s on lap two, Hickman only trailed Hutchinson by 1.644s at Ramsey at the last time of asking but got the hammer down across the Mountain to win even though Hickman set a 131.103mph final lap.

Harrison had led from Ballaugh Bridge on lap two all the way until Ramsey on lap four until Hutchinson took charge and didn’t look back, taking the victory with a final lap of 130.738.

James Hiller suffered a poor first pitstop which dropped him to fourth place but he got in behind Hutchinson on the road and was able to haul himself back into second on lap five but charges from Hickman and Harrison pushed him back to fourth.

Dan Kneen came back from a 30s pitlane penalty to take fifth place with veteran Michael Rutter in sixth place. David Johnson was the first Norton home in seventh and Josh Brookes put in an astounding 129.127mph final lap to jump into eighth place, ahead of William Dunlop and Martin Jessopp.

Horst Saiger ended in 11th place, Sam West 12th and Bruce Anstey in 13th after stopping at Ramsey to inspect his rear tyre on lap four. Philip Crowe and Jamie Coward compeleted the top ten.

Michael Dunlop had gone all out on lap one, setting a 131.135mph lap from a standing start to set the fastest lap of the week so far but failed to appear at Ballaugh on lap two.

Guy Martin only made it as far as Doran’s on lap one, crashing unhurt which is not good news for Honda. Conor Cummins, on the Padgetts Fireblade, had a nightmare first fuel stop and sank down the order to eventually retire in the pits. Gary Johnson retired at Doran’s on lap three.

RST Superbike TT - conditions dry

1 4 Ian Hutchinson BMW / Tyco BMW 01:45:58.474 128.170 Silver
2 10 Peter Hickman BMW / Smiths Racing 01:46:03.544 128.068 Silver
3 9 Dean Harrison Kawasaki / Silicone Engineering 01:46:11.545 127.907 Silver
4 3 James Hillier Kawasaki / JG Speedfit Kawasaki 01:46:13.281 127.873 Silver
5 14 Dan Kneen BMW / Team Penz 13.com BMW Motorrad 01:47:50.068 125.960 Silver
6 11 Michael Rutter BMW / Bathams SMT Racing 01:47:50.203 125.957 Silver
7 1 David Johnson Norton / Norton Motorcycles 01:48:25.512 125.273 Silver
8 16 Joshua Brookes Norton / Norton 01:48:39.174 125.011 Silver
9 15 William Dunlop Yamaha / Temple Golf Club 01:48:50.858 124.787 Silver
10 18 Martin Jessopp BMW / Riders Motorcycles BMW 01:48:53.943 124.728 Silver
11 22 Horst Saiger Kawasaki / iXS 01:49:48.762 123.691 Silver
12 30 Sam West BMW / PRL / Worthington 01:49:56.914 123.538 Silver
13 2 Bruce Anstey Honda / padgettsmotorcycles.com 01:50:18.570 123.134 Silver
14 36 Philip Crowe BMW / Handtrans / Fleetwood Grab / Sheff 01:50:23.240 123.047 Silver
15 29 Jamie Coward BMW / Radcliffe’s Racing 01:50:33.005 122.866 Silver
16 21 Dan Stewart BMW / Wilcock Consulting 01:51:20.121 121.999 Bronze
17 43 Brian McCormack BMW / Vanfleet Transport 01:51:21.066 121.982 Bronze
18 32 Stefano Bonetti BMW / Speed Motor 01:52:01.189 121.254 Bronze
19 49 Mark Parrett BMW / C & C Ltd IOM 01:52:14.648 121.011 Bronze
20 33 Michael Sweeney BMW / MJR Racing 01:52:16.785 120.973 Bronze
21 38 Dominic Herbertson BMW / WH Racing 01:52:20.909 120.899 Bronze
22 24 Shaun Anderson Suzuki / Anderson Race Developments 01:53:06.427 120.088 Bronze
23 51 Davy Morgan Kawasaki / Angry Bee 01:53:24.905 119.762 Bronze
24 77 Rob Hodson BMW / Hodson Racing 01:53:34.283 119.597 Bronze
25 42 Kamil Holan BMW / McRace by IVR BMW Motorrad CS 01:53:55.718 119.222 Bronze
26 78 Xavier Denis Kawasaki / Optimark Road Racing Team 01:54:10.566 118.964 Bronze
27 63 Jochem van den Hoek Honda / TC Racing 01:54:13.579 118.911 Bronze
28 26 Alan Bonner BMW / NW Racing 01:54:33.032 118.575 Bronze
29 46 Ian Pattinson BMW / Weardale Racing Ltd 01:54:41.366 118.431 Bronze
30 81 Raul Torras Martinez Yamaha / Martimotos.com Racing 01:54:53.370 118.225 Bronze
31 66 David Hewson BMW / Obsession Engineering LTD 01:55:01.638 118.083 Bronze
32 50 Marco Pagani BMW / Team Franciacorta Corse by LOGIC 01:55:09.825 117.943 Bronze
33 47 Tom Weeden Honda / ThePeoplesBike.com 01:55:42.069 117.396 Bronze
34 72 Barry Furber Kawasaki / Vauxhall / Greenhous / Moto-De 01:55:47.972 117.296 Bronze
35 69 Adrian Harrison Kawasaki / Silicone Engineering Racing 01:55:51.955 117.229 Bronze
36 74 Anthony Redmond BMW / Team Tony 01:56:10.666 116.914 Bronze
37 80 Richard McLoughlin Kawasaki / Abtech Precision / Breslin Autob 01:56:11.839 116.894 Bronze
38 67 George Spence Yamaha / Dod Spence Racing 01:56:31.924 116.558 Bronze
39 64 Julien Toniutti Yamaha / Optimark Road Racing Team 01:57:35.972 115.500
40 53 Alessandro Polita BMW / Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad 01:58:05.739 115.015
41 70 Richard Wilson Honda / Takumi Woodwork 01:58:38.057 114.493
42 75 David Madsen-Mygdal Honda / CSC Branson Racing 01:58:54.775 114.225
43 59 Matthew Rees Kawasaki / PMR Racing / GT Superbikes 01:58:55.120 114.219

Picture: Impact Images
Picture: Impact Images