Before the end of
April, what betting odds could you have got on one rider winning five
TT's in one week?
The previous best of four stood in the name of Phillip McCallen, and having never won a big bike TT or a member of the exclusive 130mph club, the name Ian Hutchinson might have been further down the betting order than S Plater, C Donald or J McGuinness.
Steve Plater had ruled himself out after a North West 200 practice crash, Cameron Donald just never found the same rhythm he enjoyed during TT2008, and John McGuinness suffered two cruel breakdowns early on in both the Superbike and Senior TT's.
"Hutchy" however just never put a wheel wrong for the whole fortnight, and came out on top in some of the closest racing ever witnessed around the TT Mountain Course.
In three of the week's most hotly contested races the Superstock and two Supersport TT's, Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and Ryan Farquhar each led Hutchinson at some point going into the final lap but all found themselves on the second step of the podium such was the Yorkshire stars speed over the Mountain.
As Ian himself commented it's how he likes them!
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