Start to the 2017 IOM TT

by Mark Rowe

Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson has had a solid start to the 2017 IOM TT by posting the fastest Superstock time, a standing start 129.53mph lap despite a week of underwhelming weather. With sessions cut short or cancelled, race organisers worked around this, with the RST Superbike race moved to Sunday, June 3; to give riders more practice time.

The weather held fast for Saturday’s qualifying providing near perfect conditions but was again hampered by several unfortunate racing and non-racing related incidents. Nonetheless, with lap times in excess of 130mph aboard the Tyco BMW Superbike machinery and a solid 129.24mph from a standing start during the last single lap session of the day, Hutchinson is showing himself to be once again on fine form for tomorrow’s Superbike race.

Team Manager Philip Neill said: “To be honest this has been a difficult TT practice week for everyone with some schedule changes due to weather interruptions etc. However on a positive note we have recorded some good lap times with Hutchy and although we have had a couple of niggly little problems on the Superbike during the last two days, Ian’s 129.53mph lap time on his one and only lap on the Superstock bike so far was very pleasing. Hopefully we do get to race the RST Superbike race tomorrow and although there is some learning still to do, we hope to be at the sharp end challenging for a race win on the Tyco BMW S1000RR.”


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