Hutchinson Takes IoM Supersport

Cycle News Staff | June 9, 2009

Ian Hutchinson rode his Padgett’s Honda to his second Isle of Man TT win in an action-packed and record-breaking Relentless Supersport race.Early favorite Michael Dunlop, who had set an unofficial lap record in practice, went out of the race on the opening lap and it was Hydrex Honda’s Guy Martin who took a narrow lead over TAS Suzuki’s Bruce Anstey – with Hutchinson in third.At the end of lap one Martin smashed the 600cc lap record with an average lap speed of 125.375 mph, while Hutchinson moved ahead of Anstey to claim second.On the second lap the Kiwi started pushing forward, moving past Hutchinson and taking the lead from Martin by Ramsey.Anstey finished the second lap in a time of 17:53.23s – the first sub-18 minute lap for a 600 and an average speed of 126.549 mph.With Hutchinson now back in second, Martin was occupied with fighting Craig Wilson Honda rider Keith Amor for the final podium position.Anstey built his advantage up to more than 10 seconds on lap three and looked set for victory as Hutchinson tried to preserve his slim advantage over Martin.However, with the checkered flag just minutes way, Anstey pulled over at Brandywell – with early reports suggesting the TAS Suzuki was out of fuel.That left Hutchinson to secure his second TT win in a race record time, with Martin second and Amor adding a second Supersport podium to his TT record.”Quite a lot of people win one TT, winning another feels a bit better,” Hutchinson said.