Three-time TT Race winner Ryan Farquhar will ride a Tyco BMW S1000RR Superbike for TAS Racing at this year’s Isle of Man TT races.
The Dungannon racer will partner 11-time winner Ian Hutchinson on board and this formidable line-up must make the Northern Ireland based team serious contenders for both Superbike and Senior races.
A delighted Farquhar said: “Having purchased a Superstock BMW with support from TAS Racing for this season, I got chatting to Philip Neill and from there the Superbike ride on the Tyco BMW came about. It’s one of those situations that just seems like it was meant to be.”
“I never thought at this stage of my career I was going to get the chance to ride a competitive Superbike at the TT again. So to be riding for Tyco BMW with full support from BMW Motorrad and a great team of people around me, is a great opportunity,” said Farquhar, who has recorded thirteen TT podiums during his TT career, which began in 2002.
Team Manager Philip Neill was equally overjoyed. He said: “Barring one or two years in the past fifteen, we’ve always represented a manufacturer in an official capacity at the TT with a two rider team. This year we were tempted to run with just Ian Hutchinson after Guy decided to sit it out, but there was always a desire, should a suitable rider come along, to have two riders on Tyco BMWs at the June event.
“Initially Ryan contacted me about the potential of some support on a deal to purchase a BMW Superstock bike for this year, which we were happy to get involved with at TAS Racing. The racing conversation and consequently a Superbike deal stemmed from there, and with his talent, experience and ability; not to mention his technical knowledge, he will be an asset to us on the Tyco BMW Superbike. Taking all of that into consideration made it an easy decision to include Ryan in our plans.”
Farquhar will get his first taste of the Tyco BMW S1000RR Superbike during some private testing in the coming weeks, but will make his BMW debut over Easter at Donington Park on his own S1000RR Superstock machine.