The RL360º Quantum Superstock TT race features liter-class bikes that are supposed to be closer to what rolls out of a motorcycle dealership, as such, few modifications are allowed to these machines at the Isle of Man TT.
That being said, the Superstock TT bikes have been putting down impressive lap times, nearing the speeds that the Superbike TT machines produce. This is due partially to the plateauing of speeds at the Isle of Man, and also because modern-day superbikes are very stout, even right out of the box.
A good example of this is the “unofficial” outright lap record that Ian Hutchinson set on his superstock BMW S1000RR, but perhaps a better example was during this year’s Superstock TT race, where a new record was not only set, but the 133 mph barrier was broken yet again.
The man of the hour remains Ian Hutchinson, who dropped a 133.098 mph lap, right off the bat in the first lap. Leading from the Glen Helen timing station, and onward, Hutchinson remained uncontested throughout the race.
He finished with a 27-second margin over Dean Harrison, and is the first man to take a Superstock machines over a 133 mph lap during a race.
Michael Dunlop looked the only man capable to give contest to Hutchinson, but hewould have to relinquish his second-place position at the pit stop that’s on the start of Lap 3, retiring with a broken brake lever.
This gave James Hillier a shot at the podium, though over the rest of the race he would have to contend with a charging Dean Harrison.
Harrison would ultimately get the better of Hillier though, usurping second place from his fellow Kawasaki rider. Hillier would have to make do with a disappointing third place, finishing two seconds behind Harrison.
This result will go down in the history books as Ian Hutchinson’s 13th Isle of Man TT race win, but unofficially it marks an early dominance by Hutchy at this year’s TT. He is easily the favorite for the remaining solo races (sans the TT Zero race, of course).
This could very well be another mega race-tally for Ian Hutchinson in a TT fortnight.
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