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hutchy wins torrens trophy for courageous comeback

Eleven-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson has been awarded the Royal Automobile Club’s coveted Torrens Trophy for his “outstanding determination, courage and overcoming adversity to win multiple TTs”.

The trophy recognises an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to motorcycling in Britain and was first awarded in 1978 in memory of Arthur Bourne, a motorcycling journalist and Vice Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club who wrote a column under the name Torrens. It has only been awarded nine times in its history and only when the club feels that the achievement justifies it.

Upon receipt Hutchy said: ‘I am very proud to win the Torrens Trophy. It has been a fantastic year for me and I would like to extend a huge thanks to the team at Paul Bird Motorsport and Team Traction Control Yamaha and to my family for all the support through my days in hospital and recovery.”

This year was an exceedingly strong year for British motorcycle racing, resulting in a worthy crop of Trophy nominees, including Danny Kent who became the country’s first Grand Prix World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977; Jonathan Rea who secured the World Superbike Championship and utterly dominated the 2015 season finishing on the podium in all but four races; Tai Woffindon who won the gruelling 2015 World Speedway Championships for the second time; and then there was Ian Hutchinson, his dramatic return to the Isle of Man TT and whose hat trick of victories was awe-inspiring.

Barrie Baxter, chairman of the Torrens Committee said: “Motorcycle racing can be a punishing discipline, and Ian Hutchinson’s inspirational journey is a testament to that.  From nearly losing his leg and having to endure more than 30 gruelling operations to returning to the pinnacle of a sport which dealt him a cruel blow and win multiple TT’s must be one of the sport’s most courageous stories.”

Former World Superbike champion and previous Torrens Trophy recipient James Toseland said: “To go from the highest point of his career to the lowest within days must have been a psychological rollercoaster, to say the least. We are all very proud of Hutchy for keeping the belief and finding the inner strength to keep going through such adversity, pain and frustration for such a long period of time to being able to ride competitively again. Hutchy very much deserves this award today and I wish him all the very best for this season coming and hopefully many more TT victories to come!”
 

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