Ian Hutchinson with Tyco BMW for Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson has more than impressed since signing with Tyco BMW in late 2015. The 37-year-old Bingley resident was an immediate threat on the S 1000 RR, first winning the Superstock race at the North West 200, which he followed with second in the Superbike race behind fellow BMW pilot Michael Dunlop.
Onto the 2016 Isle of Man TT, and “Hutchy” claimed the Superstock TT race, followed by second in both the RST Superbike TT and Senior TT (Michael Dunlop won both of those also) races. With his double Monster Energy Supersport race wins, Hutchinson has 14 Isle of Man TT wins under his leathers.
But there was more BMW S 1000 RR success when he set a new lap record during the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix in August. He posted a 134.089mph best lap around the 7.40-mile Dundrod Circuit in Northern Ireland.
With performances like those, it was a no brainer for Tyco BMW to retain Hutchinson. This move was officially announced this week, Tyco BMW signing Hutchinson through the 2017 international road race season. Besides this, he’ll also contest the S 1000 RR during the 2016 British Superstock Championship.
Speaking of the deal, Hutchinson says “I’m glad to have finally sorted a deal to stay with Tyco BMW for a second season. Looking back we had a very good run in 2016 with wins at all the International Road Races. Having now worked together for a season, we know where we need to improve with the obvious goal, to go on now and challenge for the Superbike wins at all of the big three internationals.
“The BMW S1000RR still has so much potential in Superbike trim on the roads and with another season of British Superstock planned, the aim there will be to go one step better and win the championship next season.”
Tyco BMW Team owner Hector Neill also commented: “Hutchy did a great job for us this season and whether it was in British championship or the roads, he was always in contentions for wins and podiums and provided both our sponsors and fans with a lot of entertainment.
“His international hat-trick in the Superstock class and his terrific season in British Superstock proved how well he got on with the Tyco BMW, and to go on and take the world’s fastest track lap record at Dundrod was the icing on the cake.
“The goal going forward is to build on that success and I’ve never hidden the fact that the Senior TT trophy is the one we really want to win in 2017. It’s the blue-riband road race on the season’s calendar, and along with Hutchy and our dedicated team we will be giving it our very best shot.”