Isle of Man TT record-breaker Ian Hutchinson will line up in the Supersport TT races after sealing a last minute deal with Team Traction Control to campaign their Yamaha R6 as he bids to add to his eight TT victories.
The Bingley Bullet, the first rider to clinch five solo victories at the event in 2010, returns to the Island feeling confident of a strong performance and is aiming to return to the TT podium after missing out through injury in recent years.
Hutchinson said: “It is a privilege to be working with Keith Flint and the team and I know how much they love their racing. I have worked with Grant [Bunting] from TTC before so to be able to have this opportunity to work with them is just what I need.
“I am looking forward to it and as I haven’t ridden the TTC bike before we need to have a good practice week and get a feel for it, but I know the team have the ability from what they have done this season and in the past. We just need to get our heads down and then hopefully my confidence that I have had this year from Superbike and Superstock can cross over into Supersport too. I want to go out and have a good go at it that’s for sure.”
Hutchinson had been set to ride for the Tsingtao MV Agusta squad but the team was forced to withdraw at the 11th hour after it was unable to prepare its machines in time.
Cameron Donald has signed a deal to replace John McGuinness in the Padgetts Motorcycles team squad at the 2015 Isle of Man TT races.
With John McGuinness unable to continue his association with the Batley-based squad, team principal Clive Padgett has moved quickly to fill the void and securing the services of Donald alongside regular team member Bruce Anstey ensures they’ll again be a strong contender for race wins in the two four-lap Supersports races.
The move means Donald and Anstey will be reunited as team-mates having run together at the TAS Suzuki team between 2008 and 2010.
Double race winner Donald said: “It didn’t take me long to say yes. The team obviously build great bikes and I have a lot of experience of my own with the Honda CBR600RR Honda, so together I think we should be right on the pace. I enjoyed partnering Bruce in the past and I am sure we will push each other again in 2015.”
Donald sat out the Supersport Races in 2014 but returns to the middleweight class where he will line up as one of the race favourites. His pedigree on the 600cc Honda is impressive with a pair of runner-up spots in 2012, the first seeing one of the closest races in TT history as Anstey pipped him to the chequered flag by just 0.77s.
The performances in 2012 earned the now 37-year old the TT Supporters Club Trophy, awarded to the aggregate winner over the two races, and although he was unable to get onto the podium in 2013, he did post his personal best lap on a 600cc machine at 127.217mph, which makes him the fourth fastest 600cc rider of all time.