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Bullet Ian Hutchinson speeding towards top award

By Paul Lindsay

Milwaukee Yamaha International Road Racing star Ian Hutchinson will be at Charles Hurst Motorcycles tomorrow (12pm) with team-mate Tommy Bridewell for a chat show and open day.

Then tomorrow night the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is one of the favourites to land the McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year prize at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards in Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel.

There are seven nominations including Eugene Laverty’s battle with Marco Melandri in the final World Superbike race of the season at Jerez; the Supersport race two battle at the Ulster Grand Prix between William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey; the final British Supersport race of the year involving Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton; and of course Hutchy’s comeback win at the Macau Grand Prix last November.

Hutchinson, who recently signed to ride a full British Superbike season with the FFX Yamaha Team, has been to hell and back with 29 operations to repair his damaged leg, but never doubted that he would be back on track: “It has been three years since I won a race, but I never thought it would be the end of the road.”

Bridewell, meanwhile, is a guest of the Garmin Arenacross Tour on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

He will be joined at the event by Michael and William Dunlop, MotoGP star Michael Laverty and former BSB riders John Laverty and Ian Lowry.

The Cookstown & District Motor Cycle Club will be running a film and chat show in conjunction with well known local videographer Colin James on Friday, January 31 at the Royal Hotel in Cookstown.

The show commences at 8pm and will include riders past and present with a charity auction also planned on what promises to be a cracking night.

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