Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson triumphed in the RST Superbike TT race in the Isle of Man at the weekend.
Hutchinson sealed a 15th TT victory
The Yorkshireman comfortably saw off the challenge of podium finishers Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison. He managed to seal his 15th TT victory. This makes him the third most successful solo rider in the event’s history. The win also lifts the 37-year-old up to second in PMH Promotions’ King of the Roads series. This has been re-introduced to the road race scene this year for the first time since the 1980s.
His success meant moved onto 26 points
The opening two races of the championship North West 200, is where Hutchinson finished 10th and third, respectively. His success in the Isle of Man meant he climbed above Glenn Irwin. This allowed him to move onto 26 points but is still one adrift of Alastair Seeley. Although neither Irwin nor Seeley competed in the TT race.
Success all round
And while those three have boosted their chances with a race win each so far, Michael Rutter has positioned himself into contention through great consistency. Rutter managed with a trio of top six finishes putting him level with Irwin on 23 points. Seeley and Irwin are expected to return to the field for the third instalment of the series at the Ulster Grand Prix, before it concludes with the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Sorrymate.com’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount in September.
The North West 200 was as action-packed as ever last week as Alastair Seeley dominated with four wins from eight races at the event held in Northern Ireland.
The Tyco BMW rider triumphed in last Thursday’s Superstock race before winning three more on Saturday, including the first Superbike contest.
Martin Jessopp claimed two victories on the Thursday on his Kawasaki, while Michael Rutter and Glenn Irwin also ensured they didn’t leave empty-handed with a win apiece.
The event had major ramifications for PMH Promotions’ King of the Roads series, which has been re-introduced to the road race scene this year for the first time since the 1980s.
Seeley has placed himself in pole position after the opening two races, with a win and a second place putting the 37-year-old on 27 points, four ahead of Irwin, who was victorious in an epic three-way battle with Seeley and Ian Hutchinson in Race 2.
The two superbike races were the first from four events that will form the championship, along with the TT Races and the Ulster Grand Prix, as well as the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup at Sorrymate.com’s partnered circuit Oliver’s Mount.
The track, situated in Scarborough, is England’s only natural road race circuit with a racing heritage that dates back to 1946.
The partnership is now in its third year and we look forward to supporting September’s event that could decide the series champion.
Prior to that, Sorrymate.com will be sponsors for the Cock O’ the North Continental Road Races on June 24 & 25, as well as the Barry Sheene Festival in July.