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If anyone's interested i'll post up the results here for each race as soon as i can after the races. All narratives and results are taken from the Official TT website...............

PokerStars Superbike TT Race - 05/06/2010

Ian Hutchinson won a drama-filled and heavily delayed PokerStars Superbike race today. The Padgetts Honda rider came home over 33 seconds clear of Michael Dunlop with Cameron Donald clawing his way back from 13th to claim third. Manxman Conor Cummins seemingly had the race in the bag and, after a stunning opening lap of 131.511mph, just a whisker outside the outright lap record, had a commanding 21 second lead at the end of the fourth lap but problems at the second pit stop saw that whittled down to four seconds and he was soon reported as a retirement at Laurel Bank.
Heavy mist in the Douglas area saw the original 12.00pm start time pushed back to 3.30pm and when it did finally get underway, mist still lay on the bottom two miles of the course. Fifteen time champion John McGuinness forged an early lead, the HM Plant Honda rider holding a slender 0.08second advantage over Cummins at Glen Helen with Hutchinson and Donald in third and fourth. However, McGuinness was reported touring along the Sulby Straight eventually given as a retirement in the same spot but that mattered little to Cummins who was by now setting a ferocious pace.
A stunning opening lap of 131.511mph gave him an eight-second lead over Hutchinson with Guy Martin, Adrian Archibald, Dan Stewart and Ian Lougher close behind but Donald had overshot at the Nook and lost a lot of time, rejoining the circuit in 13th at the end of the first lap.
Lap 2 and Cummins continued to extend his advantage while Hutchinson, now the leader on the road, was edging clear of Martin in the battle for the remaining podium positions. Cummins’ second lap was again in excess of 131mph with Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop also above 130mph, the Northern Irishman now up to fourth behind Martin. Archibald was holding on to fifth with Lougher in sixth and Donald already having climbed back up to seventh. Meanwhile, Stewart had dropped to ninth and lost more time at the pits, dropping outside of the top ten.
The new pit-lane speed limit had already claimed its first victim with Carl Rennie receiving a 30-second penalty but with a 20-second lead, Cummins was controlling affairs from his signals with Hutchinson pulling further ahead of Martin, the latter named circulating in close formation with Dunlop. Archibald was still well in contention in fifth with Donald now ahead of Keith Amor on the sole surviving HM Plant Honda for sixth. Lougher was now in eighth with Ryan Farquhar and Bruce Anstey completing the top ten at half race distance.
Cummins held a near 22-second lead when he came in to the pits for his second pit stop with Hutchinson now a similar distance clear of Martin in second, Dunlop, Archibald and Donald still occupying the top six. However, Cummins’ McAdoo Kawasaki refused to fire when he left the pits and his advantage was disappearing rapidly, down to four seconds when he eventually got going. Martin was also in trouble, the second high profile rider to receive a 30-second penalty and this dropped him back to fifth, Archibald and Donald now moving up to third and fourth respectively.
There was more drama in store when Cummins failed to go through Glen Helen on the fifth lap and news eventually filtered through that he’d stopped with mechanical trouble at Laurel Bank, cruel luck for the Ramsey rider. This handed the lead to Hutchinson and with a commanding 50-second lead, the Bingley rider was on course for his fourth TT victory and he duly completed the last two laps to complete an excellent ride, also becoming another rider to join the exclusive 130mph+ club.
Martin was second on the road but still fifth on time whilst just behind him Dunlop, Donald and Amor were having a ferocious short-circuit style dice on the roads, the battle allowing the Australian to overhaul Archibald for the final podium place. At the chequered flag, Dunlop secured a brilliant second place on the Robinson Concrete/Street Sweep Honda, less than 10 seconds clear of Donald. Martin eventually took fourth, the time penalty costing him second place, with Archibald and Amor rounding out the top six, the last named the fastest man on the final lap at 129.608mph.
Lougher completed a strong ride in seventh place with Michael Rutter doing likewise on his Superstock-spec Bathams Honda in eighth. Stewart regrouped for ninth with Farquhar completing the top ten on his MSS Colchester Kawasaki, Anstey one place further back in 11th.
Dan Kneen kept the local flag flying in 12th just ahead of Ian Mackman whilst Davy Morgan stole an early march in the race for the Privateer’s Championship in an excellent 14th place, Stephen Oates, Jimmy Moore, Paul Dobbs and James McBride filling the top five positions in this new Championship that recognises the efforts of privately funded teams and riders.


Sure Sidecar Race A - 05/06/2010 (provisional)
Klaus Klaffenbock and Daniel Sayle won a thrilling first Sure Sidecar race late on Saturday evening, coming home just 2.63 seconds clear of Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance with Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan overcoming a troublesome practice week to finish third. Klaffi became the first non-Manxman to win a Sidecar race since 2003 and the first Austrian competitor to win a TT since Rupert Hollaus won the Ultra Lightweight race in 1954.
Klaffenbock and Sayle got off to a flying start to lead at Glen Helen on the opening lap but it was close as John Holden and Andy Winkle were only 0.8s adrift. Molyneux, the pace setter in practice, was back in third 1.4s further back with Simon Neary/Paul Knapton in fourth and Reeves in fifth. Just 5 seconds covered the top five at the end of the first lap.
Klaffenbock and Sayle still led at Ramsey Hairpin and had increased their lead by half a second whilst Molyneux was now a further four seconds back. Reeves had overhauled Neary for fourth with Conrad Harrison/Kerry Williams still holding onto sixth. Klaffenbock flew over the Mountain though and with a lap of 113.886mph, he completed the first lap over six seconds in front of Holden but Molyneux was closing in, now just 2.2 seconds behind.
Former World Champion Klaffenbock kept the pressure on during lap two and was rewarded with an extended lead when they swept through Glen Helen for the second time, his advantage now up to 7.8 seconds. Holden too had edged away from Molyneux who was, in turn, coming under pressure from Reeves, another ex-World Champion, the deficit now only two and half seconds.
With his fastest lap ever of the Mountain Course, 114.733mph, Klaffenbock’s lead was now almost ten seconds at the end of lap two with Molyneux now in second, the Manxman lapping a shade slower than Klaffenbock to overhaul Holden. Behind, the crews were holding station with Reeves, Neary and Harrison rounding out the top six.
Klaffenbock appeared to be controlling things at the front and this was confirmed at Glen Helen with a lead of over ten seconds. Holden was still in third but he was soon reported as having retired at Sulby whilst fellow leaderboard man Harrison was also out, this time at Kirk Michael.
The race was far from over though as Molyneux and Farrance began to eat into the Austro/Manx pairing’s lead and it was down to 8.7 seconds at Ramsey. This then became five seconds as they went over the tramlines at the Bungalow for the final time and the race was on to see who could come down the Mountain the quickest.
Starting at number one, Molyneux was the first to take the chequered flag and then the watch started to see if Klaffenbock could hold on. And he did – just! He crossed the line with 2.63 seconds to spare to take not only his first win but also his first podium since he first entered the races in 2004. It was, without doubt, a hugely popular victory. Reeves and Chauhan were comfortable in third with Neary and Knapton in a solid fourth.
The retirements of Holden and Harrison allowed Gary Bryan/Gary Partridge and Tony Elmer/Darren Marshall to be promoted into the top six, the duo having fine drives, with the top ten being completed by Greg Lambert/Jason Slous, Bill Currie/Robert Biggs, Dave Kimberley/Robert Bell and Gordon Shand/Stuart Graham.

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Monster Energy Supersport TT 1 - 07/06/2010

Ian Hutchinson made it two from two at the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when he won a record-breaking and thrilling first Monster Energy Supersport race on Monday morning, taking the victory by just 3.03seconds. The Padgetts Honda rider overhauled Guy Martin to take his fifth TT victory with the Wilson Craig Honda rider again having to settle for second whilst Michael Dunlop came through after a sluggish opening lap to take third.

With conditions perfect all around the Mountain Course, it was Martin who stole the early advantage at Glen Helen on the opening lap, leading Hutchinson by 1.7 seconds with Manxman Daniel Kneen putting in a stunning ride in third, another 1.6 seconds back. Positions were close behind with John McGuinness, William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Conor Cummins and Bruce Anstey occupying positions 4th to 8th and separated by just 1.6 seconds. Dunlop, meanwhile, was back in ninth.

By Ramsey, Martin had eked out another tenth of a second but Hutchinson was stronger over the Mountain and with an opening lap of 125.536mph, he led the Lincolnshire rider by just eight tenths of a second. Kneen was still holding on to third with Dunlop getting in to his stride and up to fourth. Brother William was also having a strong ride in fifth with Cummins moving up to sixth on the McAdoo Kawasaki.

Martin showed his prowess on the first nine miles again though and he turned his deficit in to a 0.33s advantage second time around, Kneen still in third but now only 0.5s ahead of a charging Dunlop. The field behind were still extremely bunched up with just fractions of a second splitting William Dunlop, Amor, Cummins and McGuinness.

Just like the opening lap, Hutchinson proved to be quicker for the remainder of the lap though and having got back in to the lead at Ramsey Hairpin by over 2 seconds, a second lap of 126.207mph now gave him a 3.39s lead as they came in to refuel. Dunlop had also lapped in excess of 126mph to seize third from Kneen with William Dunlop and McGuinness now holding on to fifth and sixth. Anstey was in trouble though and stopped at Ballaugh where he was reported as making adjustments.

After the riders left the pits after their solitary fuel stop, Hutchinson had pulled further ahead to lead by four seconds, whilst Dunlop was closing in on Martin, now only six seconds adrift. Martin again charged through the high speed run to Ballacraine and the twists and turns of the Glen Helen section to lie just 0.28s behind his fellow Honda rider Hutchinson whilst Amor was also inching his way up the leaderboard, the Scots ace now moving up to fifth at the expense of William Dunlop.

Hutchinson was almost five seconds to the good as the riders went on to their final 37 and ¾ miles but Martin was putting in a determined final lap and continued to reel Hutchinson back as they tore round the Mountain Course. The gap kept coming down at each timing point and when Hutchinson flashed across the line after a lap of 126.362mph, the stopwatch began. Martin broke the old lap record with a speed of 126.555mph but it wasn’t enough and Hutchinson took his second win of the week by 3.03 seconds.

Dunlop was also inside the old lap record but hugely disappointed with his third place whilst it was Amor who claimed the lap record with a stunning final lap of 126.909mph. This was enough to push Kneen back to fifth but it was still an excellent ride by the 22-year old. William Dunlop, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Ryan Farquhar and Cameron Donald completed the top ten.

In the race for the Privateers Championship, it was Derek Brien who was first home in an excellent 13th place overall whilst Ben Wylie was second, the newcomer of 2009 having a great ride in to 15th. Olie Linsdell, James McBride and Chris Palmer rounded out the leading privateers in the race but it’s Wylie and Stephen Oates who currently top the table after two races, the duo both having 26 points.


Royal London 360 Superstock TT - 07/06/2010

Ian Hutchinson’s dominance of the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy continued on Monday afternoon when he took a nail biting victory in the 4-lap royal London 360 Superstock race, his third win in as many races, to join a select band of racers who have won three in a week. With two races still to come he could even threaten the visiting Phillip McCallen’s four in a week on the Isle of Man.

The Padgetts Honda rider came in to the final lap 5.54s adrift of long time race leader Ryan Farquhar but a record breaking lap of 130.741mph saw him edge out the KMR Kawasaki rider by the tiny margin of 1.32s. The Northern Irishman just missed out on a 130mph+ lap but was comfortably clear of third placed Conor Cummins, who made it two Kawasaki’s in the top three.

With the Island basking in warm sunshine once more, conditions were absolutely ideal around the Mountain Course and it was Farquhar who set off quickest, the Dungannon rider holding on to a slender 0.24s lead from Michael Dunlop with Keith Amor in third and Hutchinson, Cummins and Cameron Donald completing the top six. It was incredibly close though with 1.5s covering the top 5 and only 4.5s between the top ten!

Farquhar was flying on the opening lap, extending his advantage at all the timing points, and a first lap speed of 129.648mph gave him a 6.78s lead over Dunlop with Hutchinson now up to third ahead of Cummins and Amor, John McGuinness holding on to sixth. Leading contenders Dan Stewart and Carl Rennie were both out of luck though, the duo retiring at the end of the first lap.

Farquhar and Hutchinson were pulling away from the chasing pack on the second lap and the Kawasaki rider was the first to break the old lap record with a brilliant lap of 129.816mph and this saw him edge further away from Hutchinson, the gap 8.8s as they came into refuel. Dunlop had been relegated to fourth though and he lost further time as he changed his rear tyre at the pit stop, dropping him all the way down to 11th.

Hutchinson had the quickest pit stop and led the race for the first time as the riders left the pits but by Glen Helen, 34-year old Farquhar was back in front to the tune of 1.4s and it was going to be a straight fight over the final two laps. Cummins was only eight seconds further back in third with McGuinness, Amor and Guy Martin now occupying the top six positions. Dunlop was fighting his way back and was gradually inching his way up the leaderboard.

By Ramsey Hairpin, Farquhar was over four seconds clear and this became 5.54s as the pair went into their final lap – and it was here when Hutchinson made his charge. The gap stayed the same at Glen Helen but Hutchinson had halved this by the time they jumped Ballaugh Bridge, and at Ramsey Hairpin for the final time it was only 1.82s. In all three races held so far, Hutchinson has been the quickest rider over the Mountain but Farquhar was up for the fight and rode harder than he’d ever done before only to fall short by the smallest margin.

Hutchinson’s final lap of 130.741mph was the first 130mph lap recorded by a Superstock machine and, despite Farquhar setting his best ever lap of the Mountain Course at 129.883mph, he fell short by an agonising 1.32s. Nevertheless, it was his first podium finish at the TT since 2008 and there was further celebration for Kawasaki with Cummins coming home in a strong third and going some way to make up for his disappointment on Saturday, when he retired whilst leading the Superbike race.

Behind, McGuinness maintained his fourth place all the way to the chequered flag whilst Martin got the better of Amor for fifth, albeit by just two tenths of a second. Ian Lougher took a fine seventh with a determined Michael Dunlop fighting his way back up to 8th and Michael Rutter and Adrian Archibald completing the top ten.

James McBride was the best of the Privateers in 14th place, three places ahead of Portuguese star Luis Carreira with Stefano Bonetti the next highest placed in 19th. McBride has now jumped up to the top of the table, the Kettering rider having 49pts and holding onto a 13-point lead over Stephen Oates and Davy Morgan, the pair sharing second on 36 points.

In the battle for the best Newcomer, David Johnson was again the highest placed in 28th place, lapping at 122.312mph, with Hudson Kennaugh, Brian McCormack and Stephen Thompson in 33rd, 34th and 35th - all three also breaking the 120mph barrier for the first time. Meanwhile, Jenny Tinmouth again set a new personal best lap and a speed of 116.993mph firmly cements her place as the fastest female to have lapped the Mountain Course.

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Monster Energy Supersport TT 2 - 10/06/2010


Ian Hutchinson became only the second man to win four TT Races in a week when he clinched a thrilling second Monster Energy Supersport race on Thursday afternoon by just 1.45s, the fourth race in a row this week to be decided by just a handful of seconds. The Padgetts Honda rider went toe to toe with Michael Dunlop throughout the four laps and, having lost the lead for the first time at Ballaugh on the final lap, charged over the Mountain to keep the young Northern Ireland rider at bay. Dunlop had the consolation of claiming a new lap record at a stunning 127.836mph with Keith Amor claiming another third place.

With the Island bathed in beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies, conditions were perfect, save for blustery winds in places, for some high-speed excitement and that’s exactly what everyone was treated to. Hutchinson showed his intent right from the off and led through Glen Helen although, as expected, it was again close, his advantage over Guy Martin just 0.4s. Dunlop was only a further 0.75s back with John McGuinness in fifth and Ryan Farquhar in sixth. Once more, only 4.5s separated the top ten at the first timing point.

By Ramsey Hairpin, Hutchinson’s lead was still small, only 0.52s, but Dunlop had pushed Martin back to third with Bruce Anstey now up to fourth showing good form on the Relentless by TAS Suzuki. At the end of the lap, Hutchinson’s lead was up to 5.4s as he lapped at 126.652mph. Dunlop was over five seconds clear of Martin with Keith Amor, Anstey and John McGuinness rounding out the top six.

It was nip and tuck on the second lap and whilst Dunlop could significantly eat into Hutchinson’s lead all the way to Ramsey, bringing the gap down to 1.4s at the Hairpin, the man of the week could pull away over the Mountain, his short circuit prowess coming into play. Indeed, at the end of the second lap, his lead had increased slightly to 5.77s, Martin still in third and falling back from Dunlop but still pulling away from Amor. Local hero Conor Cummins had fought his way up to fifth with Anstey now in sixth but it was still close with only six seconds splitting Cummins in fifth and McGuinness in eighth.

A quicker pit stop by Dunlop saw him take time out of Hutchinson but by Glen Helen he found himself further adrift to the tune of 6.4 seconds. However, he again proved the stronger on the twists and turns to Ramsey and the lead was only 1.81s as they rounded the Hairpin for the penultimate time. Hutchinson edged away up and down the Mountain but as the riders went on to their final lap, the gap was only 3.19s and we were set for another thrilling finale. Martin was also under extreme pressure from Amor, only one second now splitting the duo, with Cummins still in fifth but McGuinness now back up to sixth.

At Glen Helen, Hutchinson still led but it was down to 1.9s and at Ballaugh, Dunlop led for the first time. He’d built on that on the run to Ramsey Hairpin and held a 1.82s lead as they headed up the Mountain but Hutchinson was back in front at the Bungalow by 0.49s! As everyone’s become accustomed to this week, it was going to be another nail biting finish and as Hutchinson flashed across the line, he had an agonising wait for Dunlop, who’d started 50 seconds behind. Hutchinson broke Amor’s three day-old lap record at 127.611mph but Dunlop went even quicker at 127.836mph. However, it wasn’t enough and he had to settle for second by 1.45s.

Amor put in another 126mph+ lap to overhaul Martin and claim his fourth TT podium whilst McGuinness edged out Cummins for fifth by the minuscule margin of 0.23s. William Dunlop had another strong ride into seventh with Anstey, Ryan Farquhar and Dan Kneen rounding out the top ten.

Hutchinson’s victory has seen him already wrap up the overall TT Championship with an unassailable 36-point lead but the race for the inaugural Privateers Championship is still very much on. It was American Jimmy Moore who was first home in today’s race in 15th overall, one place ahead of Derek Brien with Olie Linsdell in 18th and Ben Wylie in 19th. However, it’s James McBride who continues to lead overall with 60 points with Moore now in second on 54 and Brien third on 46.


Sure Sidecar Race B - 10/06/2010

Klaus Klaffenbock and Daniel Sayle took their second victory of the week in yet another nail biting finish at the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy when they won the second Sure Sidecar race on Thursday afternoon by just 1.12seconds. The duo overturned a ten-second deficit going into the final lap to overhaul long time race leaders John Holden/Andy Winkle on the final run over the Mountain while Conrad Harrison and Kerry Williams finished in third place for their first ever TT podium.

Simon Neary and Paul Knapton set off quickest and they led through Glen Helen on the opening lap, albeit by just 0.25s from Dave Molyneux and Patrick Farrance but there was disappointment for Tim Reeves and Dipash Chauhan who were reported as having stopped at the Highlander. Holden and Klaffenbock were holding on to third and fourth ahead of Harrison and Gary Bryan but there was further drama just a few moments later when fourteen time champion Molyneux retired at Crony y Voddy, less than two miles further up the road from Glen Helen.

That was of little concern to Neary though and at Ramsey, his lead was now over ten seconds having caught, and passed, Holden on the road. Klaffenbock was up to third with Harrison, Tony Elmer and Bryan now occupying the top six. However, the drama wasn’t over yet as Neary failed to make it past the Bungalow, thus handing the lead to Holden. The Leeds driver, competing this year for five-times winner Nick Crowe, had retired at Casey’s, just after the Mountain Box and Elmer was also reported to be in trouble also stopping on the Mountain before proceeding. Meanwhile, Reeves had also rejoined but got no further than Glen Helen before stopping once more, later reporting that the head gasket had blown.

At the end of the first lap, Holden led by 8.89s from Klaffenbock who was over 23 seconds clear of Harrison, Bryan, Greg Lambert with Dave Wallis completing the top six. On the second lap, Holden again lapped quicker than Klaffenbock with 113.569mph, and had extended his lead to 10.15s, the top six remaining the same apart from Roy Hanks who moved up to sixth at the expense of Wallis who retired, just as he had done in the first race.

It was on the third and final lap that Klaffenbock really flew and slowly but surely began to eat his way into Holden’s lead. It was down to 8.75 seconds at Glen Helen, less than 5 at Ramsey and less than 3 at the Bungalow. As the crews swept through Cronk ny Mona for the final lap, just a couple of miles from home, Klaffi led for the very first time by just a quarter of a second and when Holden crossed the line first, the countdown began. And, with the fastest lap of the race, 114.157mph, Klaffenbock had done it and made it a double for the week by just 1.12s.

For Holden, it was the bridesmaid position once more, his seventh TT podium in total, whilst Harrison and Williams were delighted to record their best ever TT position and first ever TT podium in third. Likewise, Bryan in fourth notched up a personal best just ahead of Greg Lambert and 19-year old local passenger Jason Slous. Hanks took sixth with Rob Handcock/Mike Aylott putting in a superb drive to finish seventh with Dave Kimberley/Robert Bell, Gordon Shand/Stuart Graham and Brian Kelly/Dickie Gale rounding out the top ten. Elmer, meanwhile, recovered from his first lap problems to claw his way back up to 11th.

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TT Zero - 10/06/2010

MotoCzysz, from Portland, Oregon, narrowly missed out on recording the first 100mph lap by an electric bike at the Isle of Man TT Races.

Their E1PC machine, ridden by Californian Mark Miller, lapped the iconic mountain course in a time of 23 minutes 22.89 seconds to take the honours in the TT Zero race.

They narrowly missed out on a £10,000 prize that was put up by the Isle of Man Government for the first team to record a 100mph lap.

Defending champions Agni Z1/Agni Racing took an early lead in the race at the first timing checkpoint – Glen Helen with an average speed of 95.212mph. However, by the time the teams reached Ballaugh, MotoCzysz had edged in front, recording 98.973 with Agni Z1 only 5 seconds behind. Agni’s second bike (Agni Z2) ridden by Jenny Tinmouth was in third with the local effort, ManTTx and James McBride less than a second behind her in fourth. Chris Palmer (Sert), Shaun Gilbert (Special Zero Emissions), Mark Buckley (Ecolve) and George Spence (Kingston University) made up the rest of the field.

Sulby Speed trap saw three machines clocking over 100mph with MotoCzysz the fastest at 135mph. Manx team ManTTx were the second fastest with 107.200 and Agni’s Z1 from Agni Racing third with 104.200.

MotoCyzsz stepped up the pace and by Ramsey had recorded an overall average of 103.978. Rob Barber and Team Agni were also over the 100mph mark with 100.335 with James McBride on ManTTx splitting the Agni bikes with Jenny Tinmouth on Agni’s Z2 bike in fourth place.

MotoCzysz had clearly been pacing themselves and by Cronk Ny Mona had extended their lead to over a minute and were still tantalisingly close to the 100mph lap at 99.513.

However the iconic mark was to remain intact and the team crossed the line at Glencrutchery road in 23.22.89 (96.820mph). Rob Barber and Agni Z1 were second, bettering last year’s winning time with 25.21 (89.290mph) and local team ManTTx and James McBride third with 25.39.50 (88.653mph).


Dainese Senior TT - 11/06/2010

Ian Hutchinson made history on Friday when he became the first man to win 5 TT Races in a week after clinching a shortened 4-lap Dainese Senior race in what was a dramatic day’s racing on the Isle of Man. Hutchinson took the lead from the start and when close challengers John McGuinness and Conor Cummins retired and crashed respectively he was able to ease off in the closing stages to come home 37.77 seconds clear of Ryan Farquhar and Bruce Anstey. He beat the record of 11 time champion Phillip McCallen who was previously the only man in the races 103 year history to win 4 races in a week, which he achieved in 1996.

The initial 6-lap race got underway under blue skies and beautiful sunshine again and spectators were set for a thriller as Hutchinson, McGuinness, Cummins and Guy Martin went head to head over the first two laps. With all four lapping at over 130mph, there were less than six seconds splitting the quartet after the first pit stop, McGuinness leading the way from Martin, Cummins and Hutchinson.

However, Martin was reported as missing at Glen Helen third time around and news came through that he had been involved in an incident at Ballagarey. With the bike having caught fire, the hedge was also alight and the race was red flagged with the fire brigade dispatched to the scene as the whole Island held their breath in concern for one of the sport’s most popular stars. Fortunately, news filtered through that the 29-year old was conscious and talking to medics, a later statement confirming that he had bruising to his lungs and minor fractures to his spine, a huge relief to all concerned.

With the race stopped, the circuit had to be cleared before racing could commence again and, when it was, at 3pm, it was reduced to 4 laps. On the restart, Hutchinson again stole the early initiative but it was close and his advantage over McGuinness at Glen Helen was just half a second. Cummins was only a tenth further back in third with Donald in fourth and Michael Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar in fifth and sixth - just three seconds splitting the top six.

By Ramsey Hairpin, Hutchinson had edged 1.14s clear and McGuinness held a similar advantage over Cummins, the gap between those two 1.5 seconds. As the riders flashed across Glencrutchery Road for the first time, Hutchinson led with an opening lap of 131.487mph but it was close with McGuinness only 0.61s adrift, the 15-times winner having clawed back some time over the Mountain. Cummins was still in contention, only two seconds behind in third whilst Keith Amor was now up in to fourth closely followed by Farquhar and Anstey, both of whom had retired from the earlier abandoned race.

Hutchinson eked out a further two seconds on the second run to Glen Helen but no sooner had he passed the timing beam than McGuinness was out, the HM Plant Honda having coasted to a halt just on the exit of the left hander. This promoted Cummins up to second but he found himself 3 seconds behind as they reached Ramsey. Amor, Farquhar and Anstey were all promoted up the order with Ian Lougher now in sixth but there was further drama when Cummins had failed to reach the Bungalow. The local hero had crashed at the Verandah although he too was conscious and talking to the medics, reported as having arm and leg injuries.

This allowed Hutchinson’s lead to rocket up to 27 seconds, another 131mph+ lap helping him on his way. Amor was close to his first ever 130mph lap in second with Farquhar, Anstey, Lougher and Michael Rutter now occupying the leading six positions.

After the pit stop, Hutchinson’s lead over Amor had increased but the Scotsman was still trying and he reduced the deficit steadily around the third lap although the Bingley man was seemingly in control of everything, still over 21 seconds to the good as they went in to their final lap.

At Glen Helen, the gap had increased to 31 seconds but Amor’s hopes of a Superbike podium were dashed when, remarkably, he too coasted to a halt after passing through the timing point, joining team-mate McGuinness on the sidelines. Farquhar and Anstey now found themselves in second and third, both looking to end their week’s on a high.

Hutchinson was able to almost cruise round his final lap of TT2010 and he crossed the line standing on the footpegs, adopting a Superman stance for what is truly an amazing feat. Farquhar and Anstey were celebrating too, the former recording his first ever Superbike podium at the TT and the latter ending a difficult week on a positive note.

Lougher completed yet another TT year with a strong set of results, taking fourth in the Senior with Michael Rutter bringing home his Superstock-spec Honda in fifth. Meanwhile, Dan Stewart replicated his sixth place finish of 12 months ago for another top class TT result with Adrian Archibald, Dan Kneen, Davy Morgan and James McBride, the final two the first two privateers past the chequered flag.

David Johnson was again the first newcomer to finish, as he had been in the previous four races, the Australian taking an excellent 16th place overall in the race. He also finished as the fastest newcomer overall with his final lap of 123.838mph his fastest of the week.

With five wins from five, Hutchinson was the comfortable winner of the overall TT Championship taking the Joey Dunlop Trophy by a whopping 61 points from Michael Dunlop and Farquhar. Finally, in the race for the Privateers Championship, it was McBride who took the trophy, his second place in today’s Senior giving him a total of 80 points, ten ahead of Moore with Morgan in third.

Jenny Tinmouth extended her title as the fastest women around the course with a final lap of 119.945mph.

The A and E consultant at Noble’s hospital reported that Guy Martin had sustained bruising to both lungs and some minor fractures in his upper spine, following his accident at Ballagarey but was otherwise OK. He is expected to be in hospital for a few days and but thanked his fans from his hospital bed for all their support and reassured them that the incident had nothing to do with a lack of commitment from him!

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Thank You for this thread.......

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when i watched the 09 tt (in slow motion) i can see the forks really moving on some riders.

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How do these riders set up their suspensions?

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Don't know exactly what the differences from 'normal' track settings would be as regards compression etc, they're all individual to how they each like it set up but the general rule of thumb is its closer to a fast road setup than a full track setup given the punishment the roads give the bike and rider. Have a look at some on boards on YouTube and you'll understand why its different from the tracks. These are public roads, potholes, manholes and humpback bridges. There's an unwritten 'gentlemans' agreement on the isle of man that if your house is on the side of the course, anything that sticks out, gables poles etc. should be painted white so that it can be seen by the racers!

For me you can keep your WSB, Moto GP, AMA; there all brilliant in their own right, but nothing compared to Road Racing , this is racing in its purest form. Pity they're currently doing everything in their power in Ireland to shut it down, even the Coroners are petitioning to have it shut down due to the deaths on the road circuits.

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Thank you for the info, Sir.

I am surprised that the IOM/Irish roadracing scene gets so little attention from most USA moto fans.I have only once seen it televised here in the USA(7-8 yrs ago ?). I have to wait for Duke Videos to put out their woefully short /sparse DVD each year.

I agree completely with you about the excitement factor vs the short/racetrack stuff. The first time I saw IOM footage, the hair stood up on my neck.... it was awesome to see the riders and speeds on the roads. Truly those guys are supremely skilled.

Has any other Nation/country the same kind of racing (possibly in AUS/NZ?)

Baja California has a LONG hwy running the length of the peninsula, and they are soon to complete a large loop of well paved road about 1/2 way down......and are fairly philosophical about roads and speed in the deep desert..............Viva Mexico!

Anyway, Thank you for the write ups, they are very well done, and where eagerly read by this fan.!

Is there any website that offers vids?
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Not purely for the tt or roadracing, but you could try www.motorsportmad.com and search within. Or youtube of course........

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There is a huge controversy brewing regarding the actions of some top riders in regards to how they handled the yellow flags at the area of "Dobsy's" fatal accident in the Supersport race. According to eyewitnesses a few of the guys racing for the win, the ultimate winner included, did not slow down for the flags and continued through at race speed. In fact it was commented by Keith Amor (a fast guy but not sure if he slowed down himself) that, and I'm paraphrasing here, "how can lap records be set on the same lap there is a yellow flag on the course?".

The controversy is stemming from the fact that so far no punishments have been doled out for the competitors in question. Many corner marshalls are VERY angry with the officials for, what it seems to them, special treatment to the big name guys. Many are so angry they are threatening to quit marshalling at the TT altogether, an issue since it seems from what I've read in the forum posts it's getting harder and harder to recruit new marshalls.

I will first post Ian Hutchinson's reply to the many people that say he was wrong for what he, and other riders, did in regards to the incident:

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I wish I was coming on here to thank all the many fans who appreciate what we go through at the TT and to thank all the marshals and medical team who I have the greatest respect for but, in light of some of the comments and accusations being made about my riding, I felt the need to give my version of events.

I approached the sad accident involving Paul Dobbs right behind John McGuinness and we both sat up and respected the flags. We both went through at the same speed, a speed that I felt enabled me to be in a position to avoid what ever the case may have been - I did not pass John until a couple of miles up the road at Greeba Castle. I was later asked to give my opinion to the officials of what had happened, which I did in full cooperation, and I was not a punished rider nor was I fined.

I did make my thoughts clear that something further needs to be done if and when these situations occur in the future and I will work very hard with the officials to find a solution to the problem for everyone. An example came in another race when I was shown a franticly waved yellow flag only to come around the corner to find nothing in or on the road. I did all I could to be safe in that situation too but lost 2 seconds out of my lead in that particular race in that sector. Therefore, as much as we want to work with the marshals, they need to work with us too so that we ALL know exactly when to slow down or not

The tragic accidents that cost the lives of two competitors, and injured two of my main rivals, Conor and Guy, saddened me greatly and took the edge of what was otherwise an unbelievable 2010 TT meeting for me.

RIP Dobsy and Martin Loicht


Yours in sport

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Next here is link to the main thread regarding this topic. Many of the posters on there are existing, long-time corner marshalls of the TT. It's 9 pages but worth the read.

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IMO, if there is a yellow flag you slow down no matter what. I've been racing since I was 12 and have seen yellow flags in all matter of situations and there is NEVER and excuse to not slow down unless your brakes don't work. I understand that the riders were afraid that if they slowed down but their competition didn't they could potentially lose the race. However those fears would be negated if the race stewards punished those who broke the rules. From what I read lesser known racers in the past have been punished for breaking the yellow flag rule but big name's haven't, thus the reason they didn't slow down this time.

Not knowing the full story it's hard to say what the right call is here but it seems to me that several big name guys broke the rules and got away with it. It sucks to hear especially since they are "professionals" and should know better than to continue at race pace through a yellow and endangering the lives of the corner marshalls, fallen rider and themselves.

So now what should the punishment be? If what they're saying is true and these guys really did break the rules then they need to be given the requisite punishment, which I think is an addition of a certain amount of time their total finishing time. Yes that will drop them down the list but it will show that no one gets away with it. Others are calling for more severe punishment.

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It's very hard at somewhere like the isle of man to say slow down and basically stop racing when a yellow is shown for a number of reasons, the first being communications between marshalls, over 37 3/4 miles its very hard to get every Marshall on the course on the same page and showing the same flag, i've seen plenty of accidents before on the mountain course that needed yellows put out, Steve Plater being one rider who came across frantically waved yellows and slowed passing the crash but then sped back up to race pace when he had passed the incident.

Is it wrong for him to speed back up after passing the crash? I don't think so, he would be making himself a target and endangering himself and others if he stopped and he has already passed the crash and onto clear road so whats the problem?

It's not like a short circuit where you pass the same crash a minute later having completed another lap if it hasn't been cleared, no matter where you pass a crash on the tt course, you have to do another 37 miles before you come upon the same crash site again, and as long as the Marshalls are doing their job you will know if the next 37 miles after a crash are clear.

If you want to put out yellow flags all over the entire course you're effectively stopping the race and if you want to do that just red flag it and be done with it.

I think the blame here lies with the Marshalls and the organisers to be honest, if a rider has such serious injuries (fatal or otherwise) that he needs medical assistance then stop the race and have him treated.

I think also its being blown out of proportion slightly as the rider received fatal injuries, if it was only a minor crash i dont think such a big deal would have been made, it's not as if the riders speeding back up again contributed to or was the cause of the crash.

If the race needed to be stopped it should have been stopped and thats the bottom line.

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Obviously they will only put out yellows at the area of the accident not the entire course. In these types of situation over the years they do not red flag the course because it is very hard to re-run races due to the special nature of the TT. The controversy comes from the riders not slowing down at the yellow flag area. Even on a closed circuit where visibility is much higher you slow down and of course it is perfectly OK to speed back up and resume racing once you are past the incident.

It is not hard to slow down when you see a yellow flag, obviously you dont want to stop or slow suddenly. Raise your hand and slow down gradually is the common rule of thumb. What's being said is they did not slow down from race pace which is believable considering a track record was broken by the same riders who went through the yellow flag area. How could that happen?

Can we blame them for not slowing considering the past treatment of big name riders? Maybe not, if Hutchinson thinks that his top competitors wont be punished for not slowing why would he? But then again shouldn't all racers use good judgment when they see a yellow flag?

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Can we blame them for not slowing considering the past treatment of big name riders? Maybe not, if Hutchinson thinks that his top competitors wont be punished for not slowing why would he? But then again shouldn't all racers use good judgment when they see a yellow flag?
Its not as easy to regulate on the tt course as you cant really measurably say if a rider has or hasn't slowed down adequately, whereas on a short circuit where all riders set off together it can simply be regulated by saying no overtaking under yellow flags. There's an awful lot riding on a win for these guys, it being for a lot of them their source of income. The senior race (the big one) carries a purse of £40,000 (app $60,000) and in that space of time slowing for a yellow it could be won or lost. I agree with you that the riders should be allowed judgement as ultimately its their lives on the line and they should be able to decide to some degree. I'm not saying get rid of the yellow flags altogether they should remain as a source of warning and information for the riders, but they should be able to decide what is safe, it's not like they're causing accidents or making accidents worse as is. I still say this is being blown out of proportion because it was a fatal accident.

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Its not as easy to regulate on the tt course as you cant really measurably say if a rider has or hasn't slowed down adequately, whereas on a short circuit where all riders set off together it can simply be regulated by saying no overtaking under yellow flags. There's an awful lot riding on a win for these guys, it being for a lot of them their source of income. The senior race (the big one) carries a purse of £40,000 (app $60,000) and in that space of time slowing for a yellow it could be won or lost. I agree with you that the riders should be allowed judgement as ultimately its their lives on the line and they should be able to decide to some degree. I'm not saying get rid of the yellow flags altogether they should remain as a source of warning and information for the riders, but they should be able to decide what is safe, it's not like they're causing accidents or making accidents worse as is. I still say this is being blown out of proportion because it was a fatal accident.
If you leave "what is safe" up to the racers they will almost always decide that race pace is safe. Yet that is not safe on a course such as the TT when corner marshalls and crashed riders are on the course with tons of blind turns.

Like you said there is big money involved and that is most definitely why they did not slow down for the yellows so there should be a system figured out for these situations. A good suggestion was to break the course up in to 1 mile segments and eliminate that segment for everybody's over all time, such as they do in rally racing. In this case you could slow down for that section and not worry about losing out to competitors that don't.

Also this is a big deal whether it's a death on track or not. Suppose things go on as they have and one time a rider comes through at race speed and hits a marshall killing both of them? What then? Some powers in government want to end the TT and other road races on safety grounds, things like this add fuel to their fire. Safety is paramount in keeping the TT's future intact. If an example has to be made out of big name riders then so be it, they are not immune to the rules after all.

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This is the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, a race bike built by a tiny Oregonian company focused on pushing the limits of electric performance to the absolute max. It packs 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius and 2.5 times the torque of a Ducati 1198 into a package that looks like something out of a 24th-century Thunderdome.
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DOUGLAS, Isle of Man – As much as anything about the 2010 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races last week that saw him emerge as the first American winner since 1984, Mark Miller remembers the chasing helicopter, its shadow following him and his battery-powered motorcycle through every heart-pumping turn on a 37.7-mile road course that racing motorcyclists regard as the sport’s most dangerous challenge.
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If you leave "what is safe" up to the racers they will almost always decide that race pace is safe.
I agree with almost every thing you've said but not this. Yes you'll have a few with no regard for anything but race pace and the win, but you're tarring every racer with one brush here i think. I know its not the same as bikes but i used to Rally and circuit race saloons and i know i respected the flags whether or not i tought they were shown correctly.

Either way i agree with you in that something has to change but the problem is is it the marshalling, the racers or both?

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I agree with almost every thing you've said but not this. Yes you'll have a few with no regard for anything but race pace and the win, but you're tarring every racer with one brush here i think. I know its not the same as bikes but i used to Rally and circuit race saloons and i know i respected the flags whether or not i tought they were shown correctly.
You're right, most racers will slow down but in this case the guys racing for the win did not. It has to do with how these situations have been policed by the course marshall in the past. Recent history says that fast guys weren't punished so knowing that the fast guys didn't slow down because they feared that if they did and the competition didn't there would be no penalty. In this case there is no incentive for them to slow down. We cannot fault the marshalls, they throw flags when told to whether it is needed or not. We can partly fault the racers for not slowing down. But we most definitely can place the majority of the blame with the man who has the power to police such matters as he clearly has done almost no policing at all. Some thing has to change and that change starts at the top.

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i was there, rode past both incidents with Dobbsy and Martin Loicht

there is no way the lap record was broken with at least one yellow flag out on each lap


unfortunately due to the nature of the TT and the logistics it takes for the organizers to make it happen I understand them not stopping the race, every rider knows what they are getting themselves into when they decide to do it.........however every rider needs to respect the marshalls and the flags

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on a better note i have some pics from myself and fellow American Jimmy Vanderhaar at the TT this year

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i have tons more of the HEL team as well as pics of other racers that you may not find on the internet ;)

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nice pics crewnutz. post up some more pics!!!






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nice pics crewnutz. post up some more pics!!!
will do asap

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