Will the new CBR SP2 help Hutchy win the Isle of Man Senior TT?
The modern age gladiators have to be the Isle of Mann TT riders. Among the best of them is the is 16-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson. For the 2018 season, Hutchy made a team switch, moving to Honda Racing. His team-mate will be the two-times Isle of Mann podium finisher Lee Johnston.
In an interview for MCN Hutchy declared: “I’m really looking forward to getting started with Honda Racing; it’s a new challenge and a fresh start for me. I suppose I have quite a bit of history with Honda, ten years ago I rode with this official team and in 2009/2010 I rode with Padgetts Honda, where I scored five-TT wins in a week, so I know the Fireblade pretty well. I haven’t ridden the Fireblade SP2 yet and will have to wait until we go testing early next year, but I can’t wait to start making some progress. The Honda team has a lot of experience at the TT and its history speaks for itself with the wins and successes over the years, it’s also nice to see a lot of the team still here who I worked with in the past, so I’m confident that come the New Year we can get started and start aiming to where we want to be.”
The Bingley Bullet (Ian Hutchinson's nick-name) is currently recovering from an injury suffered at the last year's TT. He crashed at the 27th while leading the Senior TT race. The crash was pretty bad and Hutchybroke his left femur and ankle, but he vowed to be back in action for the 2018 TT.
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The last year TT was a bit sorrow for Honda with Jhon McGuinness out of Isle of Mann due to injuries sustained after Nort West 200 crash. The 23-time Isle of man winner suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg, broken vertebrae and broken ribs during qualifying. The other Honda rider Guy Martin decided not to race given the lack of practice. The team had to withdraw from the competition but, hopefully, Ian Hutchinson will manage to bring the Honda Racing team back on the podium.