BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Moneymore, Northern Ireland, 28/10/2015, BMW Road Race Challenge
When one season ends another one begins: At British team Tyco BMW, they have already started planning for the coming year. The partnership between TAS Racing, the operations team behind Tyco BMW, and BMW Motorrad UK has been extended until 2017. This deal means that the team will continue to compete in the British Superbike Championship and international Road Racing with the BMW S 1000 RR for the next two years.
Tyco BMW also has a prominent new addition to report: Eleven-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson will take the saddle of the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR in 2016. The 36-year-old from England will contest international Road Racing events such as the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy for the team and will also race in the Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship (BSB STK). “Hutchy” made his mark on the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man this year when he celebrated three wins at the legendary event.
Hutchinson said: “I’m really looking forward to getting going now with Tyco BMW in 2016. 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 the support from BMW, it was hard to turn them down.”
Tyco BMW Team Manager Philip Neill added: “’Hutchy’ was undoubtedly the dominant force at this year’s TT. So to sign him up for 2016 is hopefully a big enough statement as to our aspirations for next season. 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.”
At the end of the 2015 circuit season, Tyco BMW fielded Alastair Seeley in the Sunflower Trophy Races at the “Bishopscourt Race Circuit” in Northern Ireland. Seeley rode onto the podium twice on his BMW S 1000 RR.
In the event's main race, the “Sunflower Trophy” covering ten laps, he finished in second place behind winner Danny Buchan. He also finished third on the podium in the first of the two Irish Superbike races. He crossed the finish line in fourth place in the second Superbike race.