TAS Racing has confirmed that it will will join forces with BMW Motorrad for the 2015 road racing season, becoming the German manufacturer’s official representatives for the 2015 TT and the other international road races.
Experienced pilots Guy Martin and William Dunlop have been retained by the Northern Ireland-based team and will spearhead Tyco BMW’s assault at the big three international road racing events – the NW200, the TT and the Ulster GP – as well as selected national races on board the new BMW S1000RR.
Guy Martin, who finished second in the Superbike race and third in the Senior TT this year, said: “Moving to BMW Motorrad machinery is the reason I’m still racing next year and not retiring. I’ll always give it my all and to be with a quality manufacturer like BMW is mega. I’m looking forward to getting on the bikes as soon as possible. It’s a new bike and I’ve never ridden it before, but we all know its pedigree. TAS are the best team I’ve ever ridden for; they get me and I get them and we meet in the middle, which is why we’ve been successful and this new venture with BMW is just what we need going into next season.”
William Dunlop, who won his maiden international superbike race at this year’s NW200, was equally enthusiastic about the switch to German machinery. He said: “Moving to BMW Motorrad is an exciting change and one I’m looking forward to. We all saw what the BMW S1000RR was capable of achieving this season, so with the expertise of the guys at TAS Racing, I’m pretty sure we can do a good job in 2015. I got my first international Superbike win last year and I’d really like more next year as it’s the class to do it in. We have a top team and I’m happy to be working with Guy again at the TT, where I think together we can be even stronger with this exciting new package.”
Team manager Phillip Neil confirmed the team would get full factory support from BMW. He said: “Although our agreement is with BMW Motorrad in the UK, the support we have received from BMW in Germany is already very encouraging. We will have full support from the factory both technically and personnel-wise next season to help us achieve our goals.”
On the rider line-up for 2015 season he added: “We put a lot of thought into our rider line up for 2015 and as always the goal is to win races on the roads – I’ve every confidence that William and Guy will also benefit from riding top class Tyco BMW machinery.
“I don’t want to build all our expectations around Guy and a TT win, although it is fair to say 2015 will give him a great chance of achieving his goal on the Tyco BMW. TT races are not easily won these days so I know Guy will be applying a one-hundred percent effort just as he does every year. Fingers crossed 2015 will be his year. On the other hand William has come of age on a Superbike and I wouldn’t bet against him either at the TT next June.”
In this year’s races Michael Dunlop clinched a hat-trick of TT victories in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races on board Hawk Racing’s S1000RR.