The weather gods have been smiling on the Isle of Man TT this fortnight, with six consecutive days of sunshine and warm temperatures thus far. That bodes well for the TT riders, as it means that they will push faster and faster with each session.
Thus, it is perhaps unsurprising to hear that Ian Hutchinson is now “unofficially” the fastest man ever to lap around the Isle of Man TT course, setting a scorching 132.803 mph lap on his Tyco BMW Superstock. That’s right, on his Superstock machine.
Hutchinson was looking quick from the start of the evening’s practice session, setting a 131.632 mph lap. from a standing start. That mark is comfortably quicker than the Superstock lap record, and was faster than the flyer the high-water mark that Michael Dunlop set the night before.
Clearly in the zone, Hutchy then set a 132.803 mph on his second lap, and first flying lap of the session that evening – that is 0.786 seconds quicker than John McGuinness’ outright lap record, which he set last year during the Senior TT race.
It wasn’t just Hutchy who was going quick though, Michael Dunlop was also under McPint’s record, showing a 132.754 mph lap on his Superbike. Dunlop would go on to post a 131.632mph on his Superstock.
If things continue this way, the 133 mph barrier will surely be broken by the Superbike riders. They race tomorrow (Saturday), the first race of the 2016 Isle of Man TT. Right now, they are schedule to start at 11am GMT.