Ian Hutchinson has been confirmed fit to race in this year’s Supersport TT races and the Lightweight TT outing where he’ll be contesting a KMR Kawasaki sponsored by RST.

Hutchy and Michael Dunlop have dominated the two Monster Energy Supersport 600cc races with the former taking all four races in 2015 and 2016 and the latter winning five races between 2012 and 2017 including the single race held twelve months ago.

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As with the 1000cc classes, the duo will start at number four and six respectively with Hutchinson on board the Honda Racing machine, having moved away from Yamaha, and Dunlop on a similar CBR600RR that he will run in his own MD Racing livery.

Manxman Conor Cummins will have the number one plate on the Padgetts Honda and will have teammate Lee Johnston, who moves up the order from 13 to three, in close attendance. Johnston will be looking to make amends for the Batley based concern having crashed in practice at Greeba Castle last year.

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The Padgetts Racing pair are separated by James Hillier who again lines up at number two on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Having come second in 2017, pushing Dunlop all the way, he will be hoping to go one better and add to his single TT win from 2013.

Dean H