Ian Hutchinson claimed the second Supersport TT by another slim margin, 1.45 seconds, this time ahead of Yamaha pilot Michael Dunlop.
Hutchinson Ties McCallen Record
Ian Hutchinson claimed yet another Isle of Man TT victory, taking the win in Thursday’s Supersport 2 race. In the process, the English rider has matched the standing record for most wins in a single TT week with four victories, tying him with Phillip McCallen. The Padgetts Honda rider once again put himself atop the rostrum in dramatic fashion, with a narrow 1.45-second gap on second-place Michael Dunlop. Kojak Honda’s Keith Amor nabbed his first 2010 TT podium with a third-place finish.
Hutchinson set the pace early, bolting out to the front on Lap 1 with Wilson Craig Honda’s Guy Martin and the Yamaha-equipped Dunlop giving chase. While Hutchy held the lead, Dunlop jumped ahead of Martin for second, with the front two not changing for the remainder – dueling for the checkers all the way to the end.
A pattern emerged where Dunlop would carve away at the gap in the opening portions of the 37.75-mile circuit, but Hutchinson would make it back up going over the mountain section of the course. Hucthinson kept Dunlop in check, even though the latter had a better pit stop that gained valuable seconds with two laps remaining.
Sneaking closer, Dunlop made his push on the final lap, where he gained the lead for the first time in the opening sections. Hutchinson managed to leapfrog ahead, however, with a half-second lead racing toward the finish. Hutchinson’s 127.611mph final lap set a new record (beating the time set by Amor on Monday) crossing the finish. He then waited for Dunlop, who had left the start almost a minute adrift of his rival. When Dunlop crossed the line, he bested Hutchinson’s short-lived track record with a time of 127.836mph, but it was an excruciating 1.45-seconds too short.
Amor’s third-place result came at the expense of Martin, jumping onto the podium via a 126.508mph final lap (to Martin’s 125.794). The Lincolnshire rider held onto fourth, one spot ahead of 15-time TT winner John McGuinness, who is still without a podium result at this year’s TT.
Local Manx rider Conor Cummins buttoned down sixth, with Dunlop’s elder brother, William, in seventh. Kiwi Bruce Anstey, Irishman Ryan Farquhar and local Dan Kneen rounded out the top 10.
Four for four at the Isle. Hutchinson could make history with win number five during Friday’s Senior TT.
Hutchinson’s victory seals the overall TT Championship, awarded to the rider with the highest point total. Now the Honda ace is poised to claim an unprecedented five victories in a single TT week. The 2010 dominator will get his record-breaking opportunity during tomorrow’s six-lap Senior TT finale.
Jimmy Moore in Hunt for Privateers Championship
American Jimmy Moore impressed with a 15th-place Supersport 2 finish aboard the East Coast Racing Yamaha. The two-time AMA Superstock champion’s result puts him squarely in the running for this year’s Privateers Championship, which features the solo teams and riders that predominantly fill up the TT grid. Eligible riders must have no direct OEM support and are exempt if they finished in the top-10 at the previous year’s event. Moore sits second in title chase with 54 points, six points shy of the current leader, James McBride.
Dobbs Dies in Supersport Incident
In more somber news, the second Supersport race included a racing fatality in Paul Dobbs, a 39-year-old rider from New Zealand. A statement on the official Isle of Man TT site states Dobbs “was killed during the Supersport 2 race at the TT races in a racing incident at Ballagarey.” The married father of two first competed at the TT in 1999. Jim Parker, the ACU (Auto Cycle Union) Chairman goes on to say in the statement: “Paul was a really popular rider in the paddock and was a great competitor. He was a very talented rider who made many friends in the racing community. He will be sorely missed.”
2010 Isle of Man TT Monster Energy Supersport 2 Results:
1. Ian Hutchinson (Honda) 125.161mph
2. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha) 125.120mph
3. Keith Amor (Honda) 124.180mph
4. Guy Martin (Honda) 124.035mph
5. John McGuinness (Honda) 123.098mph
6. Conor Cummins (Kawasaki) 123.092mph
7. William Dunlop (Yamaha) 122.751mph
8. Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 122.031mph
9. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 121.929mph
10. Dan Kneen (Yamaha) 121.654mph
11. Gary Johnson (Yamaha) 121.589mph
12. Adrian Archibald (Yamaha) 121.340mph
13. Cameron Donald (Suzuki) 121.070mph
14. Ian Lougher (Kawasaki) 120.818mph
15. Jimmy Moore (Yamaha) 120.275mph
Klaffenbock Doubles Up in Sidecar TT
Honda’s Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle (above) just edged out Suzuki’s John Holden and Andy Winkle (below) in the second Sure Sidecar TT.
Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle celebrated a sidecar sweep with victory in the second Sure Sidecar TT. The Honda duo just edged out Suzuki’s top tandem of John Holden and Andrew Winkle by a slim 1.12-second advantage. Finishing the Sidecar podium were Conrad Harrison and Kerry Williams.
The race saw many Sidecar favorites fall from contention. Foremost was Kawasaki’s Dave Molyneux, a 14-time TT winner, and passenger Patrick Farrance, who were unable to complete the first lap. The early leaders, Honda’s Simon Neary and Paul Knapton, also suffered mechanical issues, as did Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan.
The attrition left Holden and Winkle up front, with Klaffenbock and Sayle giving chase. Holden held a 10-second lead heading into the final third lap, but Klaffenbock chewed through the margin on his final charge for a dramatic come-from-behind victory.
2010 Isle of Man Sure Sidecar 2 TT Results:
1. Klaus Klaffenbock/Dan Sayle (Honda) 113.431mph
2. John Holden/Andrew Winkle (Suzuki) 113.396mph
3. Conrad Harrison/Kerry Williams (Honda) 110.962mph
4. Gary Bryan/Gary Partridge (Honda) 109.105mph
5. Gregory Lambert/Jason Slous (Honda) 108.362mph
6. Roy Hanks/Dave Wells (Suzuki) 108.257mph
7. Robert Handcock/Mike (Honda) 107.291mph
8. David Kimberley/Robert Bell (Honda) 106.996mph
9. Gordon Shand/Stuart Graham (Suzuki) 106.437mph
10. Brian Kelly/Dicky Gale (Honda) 105.139mph