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Hutchy Back Where He Belongs In 2015

Ian Hutchinson has proved this year, that he’s back where he belongs fighting at the very top in all races at North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and TT Races.

Hutchy’s 2015 pure road racing campaign began at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

Opening superbike race saw him produce a memorable display on Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki. He finished a great second pushing Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley all the way.

Superstock race was next up, following another great all round performance, third place finish was achieved, alongside setting a new superstock lap record around the triangle.

Having been one of the undoubted stars of the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200, the stage was set for Hutchy to have a momentous TT 2015.

The two weeks of competition would prove to be quite remarkable, for the rider who has battled back to full fitness in the last five years following a serious leg injury.

Second place finish in RST superbike TT was recorded, as he began race week in highly productive fashion, this result was Hutchy’s first podium finish on the mountain course, since senior race victory in 2010.


Monster Energy supersport TT race 1, would see Ian piloting Team Traction Control YZF R6 Yamaha, clinch a quite magnificent victory.

The great times continued in Royal London 360 superstock TT, achieving his tenth TT triumph, setting a new race record and providing Kawasaki’s first big bike victory on the mountain course since 2011.


Ian made it a hat trick of victories in second Monster Energy supersport race, as he did the supersport double on Team Traction Control YZF R6 Yamaha.

TT 2015 ended with third place finish in senior TT. With three race wins, one second place finish and one third place finish, Hutchy was the only rider to have finished on the podium in every race he competed in at TT 2015.

Alongside his fantastic array of results, he sealed Joey Dunlop championship victory for the second time.


Next pure road race action for the 11 times TT winner, was around Dundrod at the world’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix.

Fifth and third place finishes where recorded in supersport races, as he produced highly accomplished display’s on Team Traction Control Yamaha.

Feature superbike race saw Ian produce another stellar performance on Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki.

Having lead at the end of lap five, the race was red flagged on lap six. The race result was taken on end of lap four, which meant Bruce Anstey was declared race winner, with Ian finishing in second place.

Ian felt the result should have been declared at the end of lap five, his second place finish was though his best result around Dundrod in five years.


Photo by Rod Neill

Going into the 2015 pure road racing season, many people where saying Ian Hutchinson won’t win another international road race.

How he’s proved multiple people wrong, with string of memorable display’s at TT 2015, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.

In my opinion at this moment in time, he’s the world’s leading pure road racer.

This opinion might not be shared by everyone, but when you think of how he’s fought back to full fitness despite a serious leg injury, and still can secure three victories at TT 2015 alongside a further six international podium finishes.

I firmly believe that the future is extremely bright for the pure road racing legend. He’s aiming in years to come to add to his already impressive haul of TT victories which stands currently at 11.

Ian’s wins at TT 2015 where for many people their main highlight of the 2015 pure road racing season.


Photo by Rod Neill

Despite five years of pain, tribulations, set backs, he never gave up hope on getting back to the top of the podium at the most famous road race in the world, the Isle of Man TT.

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