TT 2016: War of words between Dunlop and Hutchy

Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop (Photo: Dave Kneale)

Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop (Photo: Dave Kneale)

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A war of words between the top two riders in this year’s TT ensued in the post Senior press conference.

Dunlop touched on a race win that got away on Wednesday when, in the winners’ enclosure he said: ‘I think it should have been my 14th win, but that’s what happens.’

Half an hour later, after they had shared the podium together, Hutchinson blasted his great rival when saying: ‘I’ve done my best to congratulate Michael all week, but on Wednesday I was pretty disgusted with his behaviour.

‘He said the scrutineers were suspect about something that wasn’t wrong and Michael’s team protested us. He’s tried to spread a rumour that we had oversized pistons.

‘I need to have a pretty big think about whether I’ll come back to the TT unless the organisers explain what went on.’

Sat directly next to him in the press conference, Dunlop denied spreading rumours: ‘It was the scrutineer that pointed it out, not me. That’s the way it is, if he wants to bitch at me that’s no problem. I’m a big enough man to take it on the chin and it makes no difference to me.’

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