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Hutchy seeking a fresh challenge after cutting Yamaha ties

By Paul Lindsay

Record breaking five-in-a-week TT winner Ian Hutchinson has parted company with his Milwaukee and FFX Yamaha teams, leaving the door open for former employer Clive Padgett to step in and save his 2010 TT star with a return to Honda machinery in the Bingley camp.

The Yorkshireman made his name back in 2010 when he set a precedent by winning all five TT solo races in one week with the Padgetts' team, but career threatening leg injuries, sustained just a couple of months later, have seriously punctuated his profession.

Following 30 operations on his injured leg, Hutchy bravely won last year's Macau Grand Prix on his return to racing with Milwaukee Yamaha.

This set him up for a British Superbike ride in team owner Shaun Muir's FFX Yamaha satellite squad, but a lacklustre opening seven BSB rounds – scoring only eight points – and below par performances at the three international road races finally sealed his fate.

Hutchinson remained tight-lipped when approached about his next move, but did say: "Next up is something better, but I'm not allowed to talk to the Press just yet."

The 35-year-old got caught up in last Saturday's Ulster Grand Prix Supersport race two crash at Deer's Leap.

Two weeks' previously, he bashed himself up during an incident at Oulton Park's BSB meeting and crashed during practice for this year's North West 200 back in May.

He was visibly and vocally frustrated at this year's Isle of Man TT with the performance of his Milwaukee Yamaha machinery, but is undoubtedly still a quality rider and could well be snapped up by the likes of Cumbrian businessman Paul Bird to ride his PBM Kawasaki or MotoGP machinery at November's Macau Grand Prix.

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