BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Moneymore, Northern Ireland, 09/12/2015, British Superbike Championship
The plans for the 2016 season are taking shape at Tyco BMW: having secured the services of Ian Hutchinson for road racing events at the end of October, the riders for the British Superbike Championship have now also been confirmed: Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon will compete in the Superbike class (BSB SBK), while Hutchinson rides the BMW S 1000 RR in the Superstock class (BSB STK).
Laverty will contest his second season on the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR in 2016. In 2015 he was among the six “Title Fighters” in the BSB. He won one race, finished on the podium four times and ended the season fourth overall.
“I am delighted to be back on board the Tyco BMW for the 2016 season,” said Laverty. “The continuity of same bike and team is something I’m really excited about, given the terrific progress we made towards the latter part of this season. We went out with a win in the final race of 2015 in the BSB and that signals our intention going into the New Year. The team has some interesting developments planned for the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR this winter, so taking into consideration that we finished the season with a winning motorcycle, a winter of fine tuning is an intriguing prospect.”
Iddon is new to the team. He ended the 2015 BSB season in tenth place overall: “I’m mega excited to be joining the Tyco BMW team, who for me have so much experience and kudos in the BSB paddock. To be the only team to get both riders in the top six Showdown this season also proves its level of commitment to both sides of the garage. I’m excited to be working alongside Michael Laverty. I’ve seen how good the Tyco BMW guys are from the outside, so I can’t wait to get started as part of their team.”
Hutchinson, an eleven-time winner at the Isle of Man TT, will not only ride the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR on the road racing circuit in 2016, but also in the Superstock class of the BSB.
“It was always our intention to continue with Michael for a second year: his experience and end of season form have left us feeling optimistic for 2016,” said team manager Philipp Neill. “I am extremely happy to welcome Christian to our team for 2016. I have always admired him as a rider to be honest. I truly believe that with our experience as a team, the quality of the BMW S 1000 RR package and Christian’s unique talent as a rider, we have all the ingredients to be successful. Obviously we are really excited to have Ian Hutchinson on board as a member of Tyco BMW for next year, and, together with the International Road Racing events, Ian will support our BSB campaign in the Superstock class.”
Guy Martin will also play an important role at Tyco BMW in 2016. The team will release more details as soon as his race schedule is confirmed.