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Hutchinson 'relieved' to get TT 2018 go ahead

Honda Racing's Ian Hutchinson has experienced a huge sense of relief to finally get the go ahead to race at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT this year.

There was huge speculation over whether the Bingley man would be able to race this season and even Honda began to test with Steve Mercer in case Hutchy wasn't fit in time but with 190 laps at Mallory Park over the weekend, Hutchinson says he is ready.

"I am really relieved to now be in this position and able to go racing! Within a week of having the frame off I managed some test days with the Honda team and covered 190 laps of Mallory without any problems," said Hutchinson.


"Of course we’ve not had as much testing as you’d normally want before you head to the NW200, but I’m feeling comfortable with the Fireblade and I know what I am doing there. The team, Lee and Steve have all done a great job developing the bike for me, so a huge thanks to them. There are a few small things to work on, but once we get to the North West we can start playing about for the roads.

"With the Mallory races across the weekend we’ve fulfilled part of my requirements with the ACU regarding signatures that are needed for the TT course licence, so with two more from the North West we’ll be there. It’s been a tough journey getting here so a huge thanks to the fans for their encouragement and support along the way, Honda for being so understanding; there’s not been any pressure from them, and also to Mr. Krkovic for rebuilding my leg yet again."

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