Spent the best part of Wednesday with Ian Hutchinson over at the Isle of Man. He (and me) and a host of others were over there for the TT press launch (26th May - 6th June). It was a good event, made even better by beautiful weather. Hard to believe that as I sit here typing back at home with rain lashing against the windows. This year's TT event looks like it's going to be a belter with a mass of riders (two and three wheels) with points to prove.
Hutchy had a modified R1 street bike at his disposal. I say modified but it was actually bog stock but with a right foot gear shift mechanism and no back brake at all. After re-breaking his left leg at a show in January, his left leg is still in a fixator cage until (hopefully) next week - hence the shifter on the right.
It doesn't appear to slow him down much. Even the fact that he was wearing one race boot and one DC trainer didn't appear to curb his enthusiasm. He was off like a scalded cat.
We stopped at Ballaugh to take some snaps and despite everyone else's concern about the landing impact on his mullered leg, he didn't regard it as a problem. He made several big-air passes. We left before the police arrived.
But it wasn't his jumping prowess or outright pace that impressed me. It's his attitude. For a man that's been to such black places where he's woken up after a sixteen hour operation and actually believed he was dead, his laser focus on a return to the roads is impressive. If he gets the all-clear from his imminent medical inspection you can't rule him out of adding to his TT win tally - especially as he has a WSB-spec R1 at his disposal.
More on his injuries, operations and recovery very shortly, there just isn't the room here. His personal account of his events since that Silverstone crash in 2010 took hours and filled an entire notebook.
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