Hutchinson will contest all the major road races, including the Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix, aboard the Yamaha R1 and R6.
The five-TT-winning dominator of the 2010 Isle of Man, Ian Hutchinson, has signed a two-year deal to race the roads with Yamaha. The Englishman will campaign the 2011 road race season and the British Supersport Championship for the Shane Muir Racing team, with official factory support from the Tuning Fork brand.
Hutchinson will contest all the major road races, including the Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau Grand Prix. An eight-time TT winner, Hutchinson made history in 2010 when he swept all five TT, breaking the four-TT record of Phillip McCallen set in 1996. This season Hutchy will race the roads with Monster Energy sponsorship as well.
The Yorkshire rider also plans on competing in the British Supersport Championship, with Shaun Muir Racing also campaigning the BSB Superbike class with its 2011 riders Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty. Hutchinson is still recovering from a compound tib-fib fracture suffered during the penultimate Supersport round of the 2010 BSB season.
“I can’t wait to be back on the track as just sitting on the bike felt mega,” said Hutchinson in a SMR press announcement. “The team believes in me and joining the team has given me a real boost for my rehab. I want to repay the team for the faith they have put in me and I still want to win every race I am in.”
Speaking of his injury, the 31-year-old has revealed in TT press materials that there was a possibility of losing the leg at times, but things have since looked up and he is back on track for full recovery saying: “I’ve been cycling on a turbo-trainer since mid-December. Initially I struggled to do five minutes, now I can do 40 and get my heart-rate up to 192, with an average of 184. That was all I could do before the accident.”
The five-TT-winning dominator of the 2010 Isle of Man, Ian Hutchinson, has signed a two-year deal to race the roads with Yamaha.
The signing of Hutchinson bolsters Yamaha’s effort on the road courses, with Honda and Suzuki the most successful OEMs in recent years. Marketing Manager for Yamaha Motor UK Ltd, Simon Belton, said of the company’s latest racing asset: “The TT Races has been a huge part of Yamaha’s development as a company over the last 50 years and we are delighted to have Ian on board to spearhead our challenge in 2011 as he has proved himself to be one of the leading TT riders.”
The TT/road racing off-season has featured an unusually high number of roster changes for 2011, not the least of which being the recent Hutchinson news. Other notable off-season moves include Guy Martin to TAS Relentless Suzuki, with former TAS Suzuki riders Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey switching to Honda. Donald moves to the Wilson Craig team (Martin’s former position) and Anstey to Padgetts Honda (Hutchinson’s former squad). Honda’s long-time ace John McGuinness will campaign the road courses with Keith Amor on the TT Legends team. Stuart Easton’s switch from Honda to Kawasaki has already aided Team Green’s fortunes on the roads, with the Scottish rider claiming the 2010 Macau Grand Prix this past November.