Ian Hutchinson is bidding to end his 2015 pure road racing season, in style at the Macau Grand Prix.
The 2013 Macau GP winner has enjoyed a remarkable year, re establishing himself in my opinion, as the rider everyone has to beat, at international road races.
Amongst multiple stand out moments of 2015 include second place finish in opening superbike encounter at Vauxhall International North West 200, plus third place finish and new lap record in superstock race two.
TT 2015 saw him back on top around the mountain course, sealing Monster Energy supersport TT victories on Team Traction Control YZF R6 Yamaha.
Third superstock TT success was sealed, following a memorable performance on Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki.
Add in second and third place finishes in RST superbike and Pokerstars senior races, it was overall a quite magnificent two weeks of TT competition, for the now 11 times TT Races winner.
Looking back at TT 2015 Ian said:
” I was really happy baring not winning the senior, but that’s the TT so I’ll take it on the chin”
Main highlights at the world’s fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix, included second place finish in feature superbike race, as Ian lead Kawasaki’s challenge.
Third place finish in second supersport race, on Team Traction Control YZF R6 Yamaha, was further proof that Hutchy was back to his best around Dundrod.
Photo by Rod Neill
Although no victories where recorded at Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, four international road race podium finishes where achieved, plus finishing no lower than fifth in every race he finished around Dundrod and the triangle.
Hutchy said regarding how North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix went:
” A little disappointed with a few things at the nw200 and ulster but really enjoyed racing both events again this year”
Looking to the Macau Grand Prix, he’s all set for competition on Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki, as he bids for his second victory, around the streets of Macau.
In winter of 2014 many people where saying Hutchy won’t win again at TT Races, how he’s proved them all wrong.
TT 2010 saw Ian achieve the quite incredible feat of winning five races in a week, an accomplishment that has’nt been achieved by any other rider, in history at the Isle of Man TT.
Having been the undoubted star of TT 2015, alongside improved pace, plus the determination, ability, talent, self belief, tenacity, there’s no doubt another five wins in a week, is a possibility for TT 2016.
Photo by Louis Porter
Regarding the possibility of another five wins in a week, Ian said:
” Of course 5 is possible and that will be the aim”
Many words could describe Ian’s year of action at international road races, incredible, inspirational, remarkable, fantastic, iconic, momentous.
In a word to describe his season, the rider who has been on the podium 20 times at TT Races, said:
” Building !!”