TAS Racing has confirmed that 11-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson will be joining Tyco BMW for the Isle of Man TT races and other international road races in the 2016 season.
Hutchinson was back to his very best in 2015 with a hat-trick of wins at the Isle of Man TT including a new Superstock class race record and is now looking forward to teaming up with Tyco BMW, where he will ride BMW Motorrad S1000RR Superbike and Superstock machinery next season.
The Bingley Bullet said: “We’ve been in negotiations for a couple of months but I’ve always been serious about coming to the team for next year. I’m really looking forward to getting going now with Tyco BMW.”
He added: “After pretty much four years away from the sport I now need a bit of consistency. BMW is a huge brand and along with Philip Neill at TAS, they have shown how much they want to be involved with me for next season. That enthusiasm sold it to me and with direct support from BMW Motorrad it was hard to turn down.”
Tyco BMW Team Manager Philip Neill was keen to have nabbed his man. He said: “Hutchy was undoubtedly the dominant force at this year’s TT so to sign him up for 2016 is hopefully a big enough statement from both BMW Motorrad and TAS Racing, as to our aspirations for next season.”
“We’ve talked about working together previously and it didn’t quite come to fruition, but I think we’ve joined forces at the best possible time. I believe Ian can add to his International Road Racing success next season on BMW Motorrad machinery with the support of TAS Racing.”
Hutchinson is also scheduled to ride BMW Motorrad S1000RR machinery next season for Tyco BMW in the National Superstock 1000cc series, which will keep him sharp for his TT Races and International Road Racing campaign.
The move has led to many speculating that Guy Martin won’t be racing on the roads next season as the mercurial truck mechanic has a notoriously prickly relationship with Hutchinson.