Even the most tame and relatively pedestrian video about the Isle of Man TT contains more ‘Flat-Out and Fearless…‘ action than most other areas of motorsport. This clip of Ian Hutchinson going past Michael Dunlop in practice for the Superbike race is more ‘Flat-Out and Fearless…‘ than most TT videos!
Here Hutchinson (who won all five TT races in 2010 before suffering a horrific leg injury that required a raft of operations and skin grafts to put right again) closes in on Dunlop and overtakes him on the brakes, although whether or not he was aware of the iffy road surface which seems to cause his backside to be way out of the seat as he rushes past is unknown. Probably not.
As hairy video clips of TT action go, this has to be up there with the very best. Note how Dunlop is already braking his Milwaukee Yamaha R1 when Hutchy comes flying past, seemingly struggling for control and then gathers it all together, somehow managing to get his Kawasaki back on line and getting back on the seat before completing all the braking and gear shifting required to get safely tucked in to the corner. Awesome stuff.
As fast as Mr Hutchinson is going though, it has to be pointed out that Michael Dunlop was reportedly very unhappy with the general performance of his Yamaha. So much so that he’s decided to switch back to his own BMW S1000RR in the hope of being competitive in the Superbike TT, which is scheduled to be run on Saturday afternoon. This leaves him with just two sessions in which to find in his BMW the pace that was so acutely lacking in the Yamaha. What with these two and 21-time winner John McGuinness on fine form, it’s going to make for stunning viewing.
As usual there will be a stellar line-up of TT winners at the Festival of Speed, as well as Valentino Rossi, Leon Haslam, Leon Camier, Giacomo Agostini, Jonathan Rea, and Chaz Davis… just for starters. Looking at this clip though, it’s probably best that they’ll be riding up the hill one-at-a-time.