Ian Hutchinson took victory in the opening race of the 2010 Isle of Man TT at the end of a thrilling six-lap PokerStars Superbike race. It his fourth TT win and his first on a ‘big bike’.
Manxman Conor Cummins had set the pace from the off, completing his first lap on the McAdoo Kawasaki at 131.511mph – from standing start. Pre-race favourite John McGuinness had retired at Sulby with mechanical problems on the first lap.
Padgetts Honda star Hutchy slotted into second, with Guy Martin third, but there seemed there was nothing anything could do about Cummins as he built a more than 20 second lead going into the pits for stop number two at the end of lap four.
But that was when the race was turned on its head. Cummins stalled in the pits, seeing his lead over Hutchinson slashed to just 4 seconds. Just miles later it was all over for Conrod, his machine breaking down at Laurel Bank.
The Ramsey man will have to be content with taking a new Superbike lap record, only just shy of the outright lap record for the TT.
Hutchinson was left with a huge lead over Michael Dunlop, who was promoted after Martin was hit with a 30 second penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit.
Suzuki-mounted Adrian Archibald held a strong third, but with the end of the race in sight, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s Cameron Donald put in some storming speeds to make up for a lap one mistake and snatch third place at the line.
Speaking after the race, a delighted Hutchinson said:
“The bike is the best superbike I have ever ridden. I was pushing hard in places where I felt good.”
“This has been the one I wanted and it is good to get it eventually.”
The first Sure Sidecar Race is now due to start at 6.15pm.