After a series of rain delays resulting in many re-scheduled practice sessions, conditions were finally perfect for qualifying at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races, and Ian Hutchinson on his BMW S1000 RR set the pace with an average lap of over 129mph.
Hutchinson’s lap of 129.535mph not only made him the fastest Superstock machine but also the fastest so far in 2017.
This year BMW S1000 RR machines have proved to be even more competitive than in 2016, dominating the early practice results.
The TT event is held over two weeks, the first days are practice and qualifying sessions with a TT title race run each day of the second week.
There is no other motorcycle race quite like the Isle of Man TT Races. Negotiating the challenging 37-mile track with its Mountain Course and seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles, requires skill, bravery and immense concentration levels, with speeds approaching 200mph on the public road road course.
With over 100 years of an illustrious history, rich in tradition and to have your name inscribed on a TT trophy is to reach legend status. TT racing captures the imagination in a way no other race can and its sheer spectacle and uniqueness ensures thousands of fans flock to the Island every May and June for their annual fix.