Belfast Telegraph

Hutchinson set to lead the way in TT's most popular class


By Paul Lindsay

The Monster Energy Supersport 600cc class received more entries than any of the other classes at the Isle of Man TT Races in June, and the two four-lap races see minor changes from the 1000cc bikes in the order among the 20 seeded riders.

The man to beat is undoubtedly Ian Hutchinson. The 'Bingley Bullet' has won the last four 600cc TT races with doubles in both 2015 and 2016.

He will again be riding for Keith Flint's Team Traction Control Yamaha outfit and, with seven wins in the class already - half of his 14 TT career victories - he will start the races as the clear favourite. As in the 1000cc races, he will have the number four plate.

The rider with the honour of starting at number one on this occasion is Lee Johnston. The Ulsterman will be leading the field away for the first time in his TT career. Riding the Jackson Racing Honda, Johnston is still seeking his first podium in the class and this could well be the year he achieves it.

Bruce Anstey (Padgetts Honda) and James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) will go off at numbers two and three.

Anstey won the race for the Batley-based team in 2011 and 2012 and has taken no less than six successive second places between 2013 and 2015, while Hillier enjoyed strong runs in the two races in 2016, finishing second and fourth.

John McGuinness (Jackson Racing Honda), Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Yamaha) and Conor Cummins (Padgetts Honda) continue at numbers five, six and seven respectively.

Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman round out the top 10. William Dunlop starts number 15.

Meanwhile, the official Vauxhall International North West 200 race programme is now on sale.

With 116 action packed pages the 2017 edition includes exclusive interviews with all the leading riders including Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin.

Costing just £15, buying an official NW200 programme is the best way to support the event.

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