John McGuinness may be recognized as the King of the Mountain, as the Englishman has 17 Isle of Man TT victories to his name (second only in overall TT victories to the legendary Joey Dunlop). But, the young Ian Hutchinson has accomplished something neither McGuinness nor Dunlop can lay claim to: winning five solo-race victories in the TT fortnight. Hutchinson did the impossible in 2010, winning five of the solo-class races in dominate fashion (Hutchy could have swept all six solo races if he rode an electric).
Tipped as the favorite for the 2011 Isle of Man TT, Hutchy suffered a shattered leg while short-circuit racing in the British Superbike Championship. Missing last year’s TT, IOMTT fans have been waiting for Hutchinson’s return to the famous island event this year. However with only four months until the 2012 Isle of Man TT, Hutchinson has again broken his leg while rehearsing for the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle show on an off-road bike.
Reportedly breaking his left leg in a different spot than before, Hutchinson is expected to be out of the hospital by this weekend, though he will have an external fixture to keep the break in place and allow it to heal more quickly. His status for the Isle of Man TT is a question mark at this point in time, as no recovery schedule has been announced for the Englishman.
“He will have an external fixator fitted and hopes to be released from hospital as soon as possible,” said Swan Yamaha Boss Shaun Muir.
Source: IOMTT; Photo: Swan Yamaha