The weather is mercurial at the Isle of Man, and it often throws a spanner into the plans for the TT. This year, the weather has been perfect – hot and sunny throughout the practice week, and into the race week. That is of course, until Wednesday, when the fog and ocean mist delayed proceedings by several hours.
This meant that the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 got off to an afternoon start, rather than its planned morning get-off. Thankfully, the modest delay still allowed for a full-day’s racing, and good racing it was.
Once again, it was Ian Hutchinson who was the man to beat on the supersport bikes, as he took an early lead over the field. Michael Dunlop tried to keep Hutchy in his sights, but Mickey D would slowly see the gap increase with each timing station and each lap.
By the second lap, Hutchinson had caught Bruce Anstey and John McGuinness on the course, and lead them going forth – McGuinness would retire near Bradden Church though, on Lap 3. Cameron Donald would also retire on Lap 3, at the Bungalow.
With Hutchinson seemingly uncatchable, Dunlop would have to settle for a disappointing second place. After the race, he would attribute his issues to faults with the bike’s chassis and engine on the course, which he said lead to his 17-second gap behind Hutchinson at the finish.
Hutchinson would echo Dunlop’s sentiments that the course lacked the grip that had been there just a couple days ago, though clearly he managed the conditions better than Dunlop.
Rounding out the podium was Dean Harrison, 33 seconds back from Hutchinson, who continues to shine as he matures in his road racing craft. For eagle-eyed observers, yes this is the same podium placements as the first Supersport TT race, before Michael Dunlop’s disqualification of course.
With Ian Hutchinson wining the second Supersport TT race, that brings Hutchy’s tally up to 14 TT race wins, three thus far in the TT fortnight.
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