Ian Hutchinson was in a philosophical mood after finishing second in Saturday's RST Superbike, the Tyco BMW rider finishing 19.1s behind race winner Michael Dunlop in the fastest ever race seen around the Mountain Course.
The Bingley Bullet posted two laps himself inside the old outright lap record, 132.892mph from a standing start and then 132.884mph second time around but by then he was already 7.5s adrift of Dunlop, a gap that doubled after the pit stop.
"It's my first race here on the BMW and I always knew the first one was the hardest despite the lap times in practice. When I saw 'P2, -2' on my first pitboard I was actually happy as I thought Michael would be a lot quicker than that. I caught John (McGuinness) at Parliament Square but couldn't get by him until the Bungalow and then we must have lost time at the pits as the gap went from minus seven to minus 15."
"My race was over there and then and I lost my rhythm a bit when John came by but I've got to be happy with second. It's my first six lap race on the BMW so we'll look at the data, see where we can improve the bike and come back stronger for the Senior."