Ian Hutchinson, was runner up in the superbike event but the Yorkshireman had his revenge in the Superstock race when he took victory after Alastair Seeley ran wide on his Briggs BMW at Metropole on the final lap.
In what he described as “his best day ever at the North West 200”, the 36 year old wasn’t surprised by his success.
“It went as I was expecting it to as it has gone pretty smoothly since I got on the Tyco bikes.” he smiled.
“We’ve not really struggled with anything and everything was going really well. It was the easiest and best North West I’ve ever had really.”
Hutchy was the victor in the best race of the day with seven riders battling for the lead at one stage during the stock event. It all came down to a last lap braking battle between the Bingley man and North West specialist,
Alastair Seeley on the Briggs BMW at Metropole corner with Hutchy coming out on top.
“I haven’t done that much racing around here over the last five years.” he explained.
“The last thing I was going to do was leave myself open to getting nicked at the end. I rode totally different this year and I was able to do that because the bikes were so strong. I knew what I had underneath me for the last lap and I knew I could make a plan and make it work.”
Racing was abandoned before the feature Superbike and second Superstock races were run following a fatal accident involving 20 year old Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in Saturday’s Supertwins race. The English rider succumbed to his injuries after sliding off his Burrows Engineering Kawasaki in Portrush. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.