2016 Isle of Man TT Supersport 2 Results
Ian Hutchinson has struck once again. The CAME BPT/Team Traction Control Yamaha YZF-R6 pilot put in another flawless ride during the second Monster Energy Supersport TT, dominating the four-lap race around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course from start to finish.
Overall, Hutchinson is the King of the Mountain in regards to the Supersport class, the Brit earning eight 600cc-class wins, and now has a total of 14 TT wins. This record of 14 TT wins ties him with Mike Hailwood for fourth overall behind Dave Molyneux (17), John McGuinness (23), and the late Joey Dunlop (26).
Dunlop earned the Supersport 2 victory by 17.5 seconds ahead of MD Racing Yamaha’s Michael Dunlop, who earned his 12th TT after Monday’s record-breaking RST Superbike TT (Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR). The Supersport 2 TT podium was redemption for the nephew of the late Joey Dunlop, the Northern Irishman disqualified from the opening Supersport TT due to a non-malicious “technical infringement” for coated rocker arms.
Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison earned the final podium position, finishing ahead of Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki’s James Hillier and Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Bruce Anstey.
As for America’s Mark Miller, the Yamaha R6 pilot finished 29th.
The race was delayed for two hours due to sea mist swirling, and Hutchinson immediately opened up a lead. His first lap was 127.451mph, and he was already four seconds ahead of Dunlop. A further three seconds back was Harrison, who was followed by Anstey, Anstey’s teammate Conor Cummins, and Hillier.
On the second lap, Hutchinson’s gap grew to 5.6 seconds, and he had passed Anstey and Jackson Racing Honda’s John McGuinness. Unfortunately, McGuinness’ challenge would end on lap three when he retired at Braddan Church.
By lap three, Hutchinson’s lead was up to 12 seconds, and nearly 18 seconds over Dunlop for the win at an average of 126.968mph. Hillier, Anstey and East Coast Triumph’s Lee Johnston slotted behind.
Rounding out the top 10 were Cummins, Trooper Beer Kawasaki’s Peter Hickman, Team T3 Racing Triumph’s Gary Johnson and SMT Bathams Racing Kawasaki’s Michael Rutter.
Due to his third win, Hutchinson has clinched the 2016 Joey Dunlop Championship with an unassailable total of 95 points; Harrison is in second with 67, and Hillier third with 50.
Meanwhile, the battle for the TT Privateer’s Championship continues to rage on. Jamie Coward got the maximum 25 points having finished in a fine 12th place. Michael Dokoupil was second with Dan Hegarty in third and Coward now has 72 points to Hegarty’s 66, the IOM TT reports.
The grid takes a break Thursday ahead of the final day of TT racing with the Senior TT (six laps) and the Sure Sidecar TT (three laps).
Photos by Wayne Freestone