Ian Hutchinson won the first race of the Isle of Man TT 2017. He won the extremely exciting RST Superbike.
The first race of the Isle of Man TT 2017, the first round
Guy Martin, who returned to TT this year, did not have a good start to the race week. He had an accident at Doran`s Bend which meant the end for him. But he did not hurt himself.
Until bungalow Dunlop took over the lead and made an opening round of 131.135 mph. It took 1.8 seconds before Harrison. Behind him lay Hillier, half-second, then Hutchi and Hickman. The top 5 all made a round of 130 mph from the start.
On the second lap, Dunlop was still at Glen Helen. Harrison was faster and was able to catch up for 1.4 seconds. At Ballaugh, he already had a lead of 5.3 seconds on Hillier. Dunlop had his Bennett’s Suzuki at Handley’s.
At Ramsey, Harrison had a lead of 7.5 seconds ahead of Hutchinson, who was able to advance to second place. He was only 0.4 seconds ahead of Hillier. Until bungalow the distance to the leader shrank to 6.5 seconds.
The second round
In the second round, Harrison reached 130.907 mph and he led 5.4 seconds ahead. At the pit stops, Hutchinson fell back to fourth place but also Hillier lost time. Cummins and Kneen on five and six were also had problems in the pits. Kneen also got a 30 second penalty because of excessive speed in the pit lane.
The third round
At the beginning of the third round, Harrison led Hutchinson, Hickman, and Hillier. Kneen fell back to ninth place and Cummins to 17th. David Johnson rinsed it to fifth place and Michael Rutter to sixth.
After the half of the race, Hutchinson was able to take the lead, but with a close gap of 0.4 seconds ahead of Harrison. The top ten was only 10.5 seconds apart. Hickman and Hillier were on three and four, Johnson and Rutter on five and six. This was followed by Kneen, Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Brookes.
The fourth round
In the fourth round, there was little change at the top. Harrison took the lead again and had a lead of 0.6 seconds at Glen Helen. At Ramsey, Hutchinson was back in front with just 0.07 seconds. Five seconds behind, Hickman finished third. Anstey had to stop at Ramsey, but then could continue. Steve Mercer and Gary Johnson were at Cruickshanks and Sulby Bridge.
Hutchinson reached a lead of 4 seconds after the mountain. Hickman was now second, 1.6 seconds ahead of Harrison, and four seconds ahead of Hillier.
The fifth round
At the next stops, Hutchinson led a 10-second lead over Hickman. Hillier was back to third place since Harrison has lost time and returned to four. At Glen Helen Hillier was second.
The sixth round
At the start of the final, Hutchinson was ahead, but the distance to Hickman melted. He was still 7.9 seconds with Glen Helen and with Ballaugh only 2.5 seconds. Harrison was now third since Hillier had trouble with the fuel supply. 9.5 seconds between the first four.
To Ramsey Hairpin, Hickman could continue the gap. 1.6 seconds lay only between the first two.
Ultimately, however, Hutchi managed to get through with a lead of 5 seconds ahead of Hickman. Afterwards, Hillier and Kneen, who despite the 30 second time penalty could keep the place before Rutter. There was a lash stroke.
Horst Saiger was the best privateer and reached the eleventh overall ranking.
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Results Isle of Man TT 2017 RST Superbike
Pos Rider Machine/Entrant Time Speed
- Ian Hutchinson BMW / Tyco BMW 01:45:58.474 – 128.170
- Peter Hickman BMW / Smiths Racing 01:46:03.544 – 128.068
- Dean Harrison Kawasaki / Silicone Engineering 01:46:11.545 – 127.907
- James Hillier Kawasaki / JG Speedfit Kawasaki 01:46:13.281 – 127.873
- Dan Kneen BMW / Team Penz 13.com BMW Motorrad 01:47:50.068 – 125.960
- Michael Rutter BMW / Bathams SMT Racing 01:47:50.203 – 125.957
- David Johnson Norton / Norton Motorcycles 01:48:25.512 – 125.273
- Joshua Brookes Norton / Norton 01:48:39.174 – 125.011
- William Dunlop Yamaha / Temple Golf Club 01:48:50.858 – 124.787
- Martin Jessopp BMW / Riders Motorcycles BMW 01:48:53.943 – 124.728
- Horst Saiger Kawasaki / iXS 01:49:48.762 – 123.691
- Sam West BMW / PRL / Worthington 01:49:56.914 – 123.538
- Bruce Anstey Honda / padgettsmotorcycles.com 01:50:18.570 – 123.134
- Philip Crowe BMW / Handtrans / Fleetwood Grab / Sheff 01:50:23.240 – 123.047
- Jamie Coward BMW / Radcliffe’s Racing 01:50:33.005 – 122.866
- Dan Stewart BMW / Wilcock Consulting 01:51:20.121 – 121.999
- Brian McCormack BMW / Vanfleet Transport 01:51:21.066 – 121.982
- Stefano Bonetti BMW / Speed Motor 01:52:01.189 – 121.254
- Mark Parrett BMW / C & C Ltd IOM 01:52:14.648 – 121.011
- Michael Sweeney BMW / MJR Racing 01:52:16.785 – 120.973
- Dominic Herbertson BMW / WH Racing 01:52:20.909 – 120.899
- Shaun Anderson Suzuki / Anderson Race Developments 01:53:06.427 – 120.088
- Davy Morgan Kawasaki / Angry Bee 01:53:24.905 – 119.762
- Rob Hodson BMW / Hodson Racing 01:53:34.283 – 119.597
- Kamil Holan BMW / McRace by IVR BMW Motorrad CS 01:53:55.718 – 119.222
- Xavier Denis Kawasaki / Optimark Road Racing Team 01:54:10.566 – 118.964
- Jochem van den Hoek Honda / TC Racing 01:54:13.579 – 118.911
- Alan Bonner BMW / NW Racing 01:54:33.032 – 118.575
- Ian Pattinson BMW / Weardale Racing Ltd 01:54:41.366 – 118.431
- Raul Torras Martinez Yamaha / Martimotos.com Racing 01:54:53.370 – 118.225
- David Hewson BMW / Obsession Engineering LTD 01:55:01.638 – 118.083
- Marco Pagani BMW / Team Franciacorta Corse by LOGIC 01:55:09.825 – 117.943
- Tom Weeden Honda / ThePeoplesBike.com 01:55:42.069 – 117.396
- Barry Furber Kawasaki / Vauxhall / Greenhous / Moto-De 01:55:47.972 – 117.296
- Adrian Harrison Kawasaki / Silicone Engineering Racing 01:55:51.955 – 117.229
- Anthony Redmond BMW / Team Tony 01:56:10.666 – 116.914
- Richard McLoughlin Kawasaki / Abtech Precision / Breslin Autob 01:56:11.839 – 116.894
- George Spence Yamaha / Dod Spence Racing 01:56:31.924 – 116.558
- Julien Toniutti Yamaha / Optimark Road Racing Team 01:57:35.972 – 115.500
- Alessandro Polita BMW / Team Penz13.com BMW Motorrad 01:58:05.739 – 115.015
- Richard Wilson Honda / Takumi Woodwork 01:58:38.057 – 114.493
- David Madsen-Mygdal Honda / CSC Branson Racing 01:58:54.775 – 114.225
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