The high profile combination of 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson and Honda Racing, will remain for the 2019 International Roads season.
After a challenging season primarily due to still getting back to full fitness, following injuries sustained in an incident on the 27th Milestone within the 2017 Pokerstars Senior TT, the ever determined Hutchinson is eager to get back to top form in 2019.
Although in my opinion it’s going to take all of his notorious herculean spirit, grit, determination to challenge the likes of Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison at TT 2019, he’s a racer though you can never underestimate.
The SP2 Fireblade Honda, whilst steadily developing into a potential International road race winning mount, as proved by Conor Cummins this year when the sweet spot is hit with it’s set up, it’s an extremely potent machine.
Multiple times an Ulster GP, Mountain Course victor with Honda machinery, Bingley’s Hutchinson when speaking recently to fellow multi TT champion Steve Plater on the TT stand at Motorcycle Live, looked cautiously optimistic when candidly speaking about next season.
It remains to be seen as to who will be joining him at Honda Racing in 2019, piloting high spec, factory in house built Superbike, Superstock SP2 Fireblade Honda’s.
Words by Stevie Rial