TT REWIND: 2016 SENIOR TT
The 2016 TT was all about two people – Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson. Both BMW-mounted albeit for different teams, the duo had gone head to head throughout practice week and were keen to get the better of each other at every opportunity, taking racing around the TT Mountain Course to new heights in the process.
Dunlop came out on top in the opening Superbike Race, setting the first 133mph and sub-17-minute lap with Hutchinson turning the tables in the Superstock encounter, when he too lapped at more than 133mph to set a new lap record for the class.
The rivalry was heightened when Dunlop was disqualified from the first Supersport Race so by the time the closing Senior Race came to the line, a furious scrap between the two was guaranteed.
Dunlop led by 2.8 seconds at the end of the opening lap and with a new outright lap record of 133.962mph set on lap two, he increased the gap to a more healthy 9.7 seconds – an advantage he wasn’t to relinquish.
Increasing the margin all the time, he eventually won by a commanding 31.4 seconds and although a bitter war of words continued afterwards, Dunlop had won the battle on the track.