BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Isle of Man, 15/06/2016, BMW Road Race Challenge
The 2016 treble is complete: after victories in the Superbike TT and Superstock TT, the BMW S 1000 RR also triumphed in the highlight of this year’s Isle of Man TT, the Senior TT. Michael Dunlop won the prestigious race and, in doing so, earned his place in the history books with several records. Second place went to Ian Hutchinson, who completed the next one-two for RR.
BMW Motorrad’s most successful week so far at the TT began with the Superbike TT, which Dunlop won on his Hawk Racing BMW S 1000 RR, ahead of Hutchinson. That was followed by victory for Tyco BMW rider “Hutchy” Hutchinson in the Superstock TT. And the icing on the cake at the end of the week was the one-two in the Senior TT, courtesy of Dunlop and Hutchinson.
The BMW S 1000 RR’s success story on the Isle of Man began with Michael Dunlop’s historic treble in 2014, exactly 75 years after Georg “Schorsch” Meier’s first TT victory. Now, two years later, the RR celebrated again the treble, including two one-two results.
The history of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy stretches back to 1907 – but no rider has ever been as fast on the island circuit as Michael Dunlop was this year. In the Superbike TT at the start of the week, he became the first rider in the history of the race to complete a lap in under 17 minutes.
Dunlop raised the bar again in the closing Senior TT and once again broke all the records. He set a new fastest lap, completing the circuit on his Hawk Racing BMW S 1000 RR in a new record of 16:53.929 minutes, and with a new record speed of 133.962 mph (approx. 215.6 km/h) – average! Dunlop took victory in a total time of 1:43:56.129 hours; another record, as nobody else has ever completed the six laps of the Senior TT quicker. He finished with a 31-second lead over runner-up Hutchinson.
“If I knew I was so close to 134mph I would have pushed even harder,” Dunlop admitted in typical manner after the race. He thanked the Hawk Racing team, which is run by Stuart and Steve Hicken: “The boys have worked hard, I have to take my hat off to Stuart and Steve. What they do out of their workshop is incredible. Everything I wanted they gave me, everything I needed they had. The entire family works in the team, and it is fantastic to stand here now having won the race for them. It is probably the first time for a long time that a private bike has come here and won races. The whole package was good. All those records in one race can’t be bad.”
“What a week of racing,” Team Manager Steve Hicken added. “We were here for the top step of the podium and Michael has not only put us on the top step, but he has made history in the process with his impeccable skill and determination. Michael simply couldn’t have given us any more. He was on flying form. All the hard work and preparations for this year’s TT have paid off. Racing is our passion and to know that our machinery has led to not only one, but two wins and several places in the record books is the icing on the cake.”
Twenty-seven-year-old Dunlop took his total number of TT wins to 13 with victories in the Superbike and Senior TT. However, the most successful man at the Isle of Man TT was fellow BMW rider Hutchinson with three wins and two podiums in the various categories. He won the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW S 1000 RR, also with a new record, and finished runner-up in the other two 1000cc races. With these results, he took the lead in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. “Hutchy” also won the two Supersport races, making him a 14-time TT winner.
“I’d like thank my Tyco BMW team for doing a great job for me this week,” said Hutchinson. “And also BMW – the technician from Munich has been over here, shared by myself and Michael and any other BMW rider here. He has done a great job for everybody. I tried my best in the Senior TT and we were beaten, but we’ve also proved this TT that we have strong pace for the future. Looking back at the week, the win on the Superstock bike on Monday, proves just how good a package the S1000RR is in standard trim. I just love riding that bike.”
Tyco BMW Team Manager Philip Neill added: “We can be very happy with our performance this week. Of course we would have liked to have won one of the Superbike races. However, the Superstock race is extremely important to us and BMW Motorrad, as the BMW S 1000 RR raced by Hutchy is very similar to the standard machine sold to customers to ride on the road. BMW Motorrad provided technical support at the event for all BMW competitors. It is great to see such a dominant performance. Congratulations to all the BMW teams and riders on a very successful year for the brand.”
The BMW teams do not have much time to take a breather, as Tyco BMW and Hawk Racing (as Buildbase BMW Motorrad) are among the teams that are also in action in the British Superbike Championship (BSB). Knockhill, in Scotland, hosts the next races from 24th to 26th June.
The next road racing highlight, which also forms part of the BMW Combined Road Race Challenge (BMW RRC) takes place in July – the Southern 100, on the Isle of Man from 11th to 14th July.