Ian Hutchinson will join Tyco BMW for the 2016 road racing season it has been announced.
The 11 time TT winner – who took three victories at this year’s event – revealed that he had been in talks with the team for a “couple of months”.
“I’ve always been serious about coming to the Tyco BMW team for next year,” he revealed. “I’m really looking forward to getting going now with them in 2016.” Hutchinson made a remarkable recovery following a serious accident in 2010 and has fought his way back to the front of the field. “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 them down”.
Team Manager Philip Neill expressed his delight at signing Hutchy. “To sign him up for 2016 is hopefully a big enough statement from BMW Motorrad, TAS Racing and our leading team partners Tyco Security Products, 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 have 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.”
The TAS racing team recently amicably split with rider William Dunlop while Guy Martin’s 2016 plans are still unclear. Prior to the Hutchinson news they confirmed an extension of their key partnerships for next year – including a two year extension to their deal with BMW. Tyco Security Products will also be remaining with the team for a fifth consecutive year.
“Being chosen to represent BMW Motorrad in British championship and on the International Road Racing scene in 2015 was an enjoyable task,” Philip Neill said. “I think our achievements in year one have built a solid foundation and platform for the future, so we are delighted to have our contract as the official team extended into 2016 and 2017.”