Ian Hutchinson took an incredibly popular victory in the Monster Energy Supersport TT race today after overcoming serious injuries over the past few years. This was also the first year of competition for ‘Hutchy’ using METZELER tyres.
After strong showings at the North West 200, throughout TT practice week and taking a runner-up position in Sunday’s Superbike TT, Hutchinson completed an incredible journey back to the top step of the podium at this globally renowned event.
Left without a machine late in the build up to the race, ‘Hutchy’ was thrown a lifeline by Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control Yamaha squad. Renowned as the only man to win five TT races in a week in 2010, the Yorkshireman was seriously injured later that year before undertaking a torturous series of operations to return to racing. Today’s victory was a culmination of his efforts as he crossed the finish line with a hard earned win seven seconds in front of his nearest rival.
It was a case of history repeating itself for the overjoyed team from METZELER, after Gary Johnson took an inaugural victory for the RACETEC™ RR tyres in the 2014 running of this race. Johnson again took an early lead today but had to settle for third; to make it two out of three podium places for METZELER. Yesterday’s Superbike race also saw a double podium for Hutchinson and James Hillier, meaning a successful four out of six positions so far for the two wheel dedicated tyre brand.
There was frustration for some of the other METZELER runners as Dean Harrison had to pull out on lap two, whilst Guy Martin was given a time penalty for a pitlane speed infringement. Guy’s Tyco BMW team-mate William Dunlop was injured in the day’s earlier Superstock practice which could rule him out of any further action at TT2015.
Developed in the cauldron of ‘road racing’, the RACETEC™ RR tyre range equips the top racers in this discipline whilst also supplying compounds for club racing, trackdays and road use. Away from the track METZELER hosts hundreds of TT fans in the MetzelerVillage at Quarterbridge where there will be happy campers this evening, toasting the success of comeback hero Ian Hutchinson!