Ian Hutchinson Signs with TAS BMW
Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson will be with a new squad during the 2016 TT. The 36-year-old Bingley rider will compete with TAS Racing aboard the TYCO BMW S1000RR during the 2016 Isle of Man TT and other international road races.
Hutchinson, who has a record of most solo TT wins in a season (2010, five), was untouchable during the 2015 Isle of Man TT Supersport races, winning both races aboard the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6.
Hutchy will pilot the S1000RR during Superstock and Superbike races next year.
Ian Hutchinson says: “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.
“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 says: “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.”
Besides the 2016 TT, Hutchy will also compete aboard the BMW S1000RR during the National Superstock 1000cc series.