Ian Hutchinson could make history today as racing continues at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
The Padgetts Honda rider has already taken victory in all three solo races so far this year and heads into today’s Monster Energy Supersport 2 event as favourite.
Racing has been delayed due to low-lying cloud, but it is hoped the race, which had been due to start at 10.45am, will get under way this afternoon.
If he does take victory in the four lap race, Hutchy will become only the second man in the event’s 103-year history to win for TT races in a week, matching the record of Phillip McCallen.
However, Hutchinson will face stiff competition from Wilson Craig Honda rider Guy Martin, still chasing his first TT win, Michael Dunlop, who claimed victory in this race last year, Padgetts teammate and 15-times TT winner John McGuinness, the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing pairing of Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey, as well as many other hard-charging riders.
Hutchinson will also have his eye on the prestigious TT Championship, which he leads with 75 points. Second is Dunlop on 44, with Martin third on the same points.
Competition is much closer on the Privateers Championship, and today’s racing could see the order shaken up again. At the moment James McBride leads with 49 popitns, with Stephen Oates and Davy Morgan on 36 and Paul Dobbs fourth on 30.
The second Sure Sidecar TT will give 14-times TT winner Dave Molyneux, this year partnered by Patrick Farrance, a chance to make up for Saturday’s disappointment. Moly started as hot favourite, but lost out at the end of an epic battle to Klaus Klaffenbock, who finally claimed his first TT. Klaffi, with experienced passenger Dan Sayle, is brimming with confidence following Saturday’s win and is likely to keep the pressure on throughout the three-laps.
However, there is strength throughout the field and the pairings of John Holden/Andrew Winkle, Simon Neary/Paul Knapton and Tim Reeves/Dipash Chauan cannot be discounted.
If today’s scheduled race action goes ahead, the day will finish with the one-lap TT Zero race for electric bikes. Rob Barber on the Team Agni machine, who won the TTXGP race last year, and Mark Miller on the Moto Czysz start as favourites.
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