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Column: Mad bike disease

2010-06-11 09:30

Dave Fall

Last week I told you about the greatest motorcycle event in the world – the Isle of Man TT races – which are now well and truly under way with records of the most interesting kind being broken just about every day.

One rider that stands out this year for his supreme performances — and there’s still another day’s racing to go — is that of Ian Hutchinson. No one in the 103-year history of the event has ever managed to win five races during race week but “Hutchie” could well be the first rider to achieve the honour.

His tally right now stands at four consecutive wins, equalling Phil McCallen’s efforts about 10 years ago, and I was lucky enough to be there to see him do it. Arguably the greatest rider ever to visit the island was Joey Dunlop who achieved 26 wins over a number of years — who could ever forget the man with the hallmark yellow crash helmet who tragically lost his life in a minor race in Europe aboard a 125cc motorcycle.

Friday July 11, 2010 is quite rightly going to be remembered by most as the day the World Cup soccer tournament kicked off in South Africa, but 10 000km away Hutchie and team will be concentrating on “doing the business” around this 38-mile (61km) circuit. (The Senior TT race consists of six laps and there are again riders competing from all over the world to try and stop him winning race number five – an achievement that will be an almost unbelievable feat…)

Meanwhile South African riders Clinton Pienaar and Hudson Kennaugh have done us proud as we thought they would, with Hudson managing to collect bronze medals for his efforts. Earlier in practice week both felt concentration was the key to finish well and both riders managed racing laps well in excess of 100 mph (160.93 km/h). They are believed to be racing in the final race on Friday in the Senior TT. (Hear it live around 1.30 SA time if you can drag yourself away from the World Cup opening ceremony in Johannesburg!)

The first 100 mph lap on an “electric” bike almost happened yesterday.  An E1PC machine ridden by American rider, Mark Miller, managed to lap the island in 23:23 min., achieving an average speed of 98.97 mph (159.27 km/h)— better luck next year.

Picture: IofM.net

Selected results:
Superbike TT:
1. Ian Hutchinson (Honda 1000cc), 127.50 mph (205.19 km/h)
2. Michael Dunlop (Honda 1000cc), 126.82 mph (204.10 km/h)
3. Cameron Donald (Suzuki 1000cc), 126.63 mph (203.81 km/h)
45. Hudson Kennaugh (BMW 1000cc), 113.29 mph (182.32 km/h)
53. Clinton Pienaar (Honda 1000cc) 107.44 mph (1729.92 km/h).

Supersport TT Race 1:
1. Ian Hutchinson (Honda 600cc), 124.67 mph (200.64 km/h)
2. Guy Martin (Honda 600cc), 124.59 mph (200.50 km/h)
3. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha 600cc), 124.26 (199.98 km/h)
37. Hudson Kennaugh (Kawasaki 600cc), 115.01 mph (185.10 km/h) — bronze medal.

Superstock TT:
1. Ian Hutchinson (Honda 1000cc), 128.100 mp (206.15 km/h)
2. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki 1000cc), 128.06 mph (206.09 km/h)
3. Conor Cummins (Kawasaki 1000cc), 127.12 mph (204.57 km/h)
33. Hudson Kennaugh (BMW 1000cc), 118.10 mph (190.05 km/h) — bronze medal
49. Clinton Pienaar (Honda 1000cc), 109.69 (176.52 km/h).

Supersport TT Race 2:
1. Ian Hutchinson (Honda 600cc), 125.16 mph (201.42 km/h)
2. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha 600cc), 125.12 mph (201.36 km/h)
3. Keith Amor (Honda 600cc), 124.18 mph (199.84 km/h)
39. Hudson Kennaugh (Kawasaki 600cc), 112.12 mph (182.04 km/h)


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