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Dunlop is man to halt Hutchinson

By Paul Lindsay

Michael Dunlop will pose the biggest threat to Ian Hutchinson’s dreams of turning his Isle of Man TT hat-trick into a memorable quadruple in today’s four-lap Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2.

Hutchinson made it into the exclusive ‘TT hat-trick club’ this week, joining an elite band of riders that includes Mike Hailwood, Joey Dunlop, John McGuinness, Steve Hislop and David Jefferies — now under threat is Phillip McCallen’s longstanding four TT race wins in a week, that the Portadown man recorded back in 1996.

Hutchinson has two chances remaining; the first in today’s Supersport outing and also on Friday in the blue riband six-lap PokerStars Senior TT, that brings the curtain down on TT2010.

So far this week his stable of Padgetts Hondas have been nothing short of ‘bullet proof’ and as every rider knows on the Mountain Circuit, to finish first, first you have to finish.

Today will be his best chance of joining Super Mac on four wins, but Hutchinson knows he will have a battle royale on his hands throughout.

Dunlop is more than capable of spoiling Hutchinson’s party and becoming McCallen’s metaphorical saviour. The 21-year-old has two podiums under his belt as well as a magical 130mph lap on the Robinson Honda Superbike.

Guy Martin, also Honda mounted, will be a threat too.

Keith Amor should feature in the second Supersport outing today and even though he is heavily strapped up after smashing his left shoulder on the railings at Braddan Bridge on Monday, he is hungry for victory

“The shoulder will be okay for Wednesday’s race,” he said.

“I won’t make that mistake again. I was on the gas a little too early and the back just came round on me.”

William Dunlop will also be looking to better his solid sixth place from Monday’s Supersport race one and Kiwi Bruce Anstey may well be riding his last Supersport race for Relentless by TAS Suzuki unless he can manage to pull a result out of the bag in this one.

Ryan Farquhar and Conor Cummins, both Kawasaki mounted, will be in and around the top ten, but shouldn’t offer a threat on the podium positions if Monday’s results are anything to go by.

The three-lap Sure Sidecar TT Race 2 follows the Supersport race at 1.15pm with the electric bikes taking to the Glencrutchery Road start line at 4.30pm for the TT Zero emissions outing.

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