Tyco TAS Racing have all but confirmed their switch to BMW machinery for the 2015 MCE British Superbike and Isle of Man TT campaigns, confirming in a statement that they will part ways with Suzuki after fourteen years with the manufacturer.
The team have enjoyed great successes with the Japanese manufacturer over the years, winning over fifth international road races, three British titles and countless wins and podiums in the BSB series, including two this year with Josh Waters.
The move to BMW, as reported by MCN earlier this year, is set to be confirmed in the coming days, with Michael Laverty, Tommy Bridewell and Alastair Seeley all linked to the BSB ride. Guy martin and William Dunlop are expected to remain with the team for the roads.
Team boss Philip Neil announced: “I have to be honest and say it will certainly be a challenge to change direction after such a long period of time leading the charge for Suzuki, both in British championship and also on the international road racing scene.
“On behalf of our team, my father Hector and I would like to personally thank Suzuki for their support over the years. Having enjoyed a long term family relationship with Suzuki, it was an absolute honour to have been given the opportunity to represent the brand.”
“I have met and worked with some great people within the Suzuki organisation, many of whom will remain personal friends, which shows the level of mutual respect we have shared over the years. I’m sure we will see them in British championship and at the international road races next year, and while we will focus solely on our own success, we certainly wish them well.”
Suzuki’s Paul de Lusignan added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philip, Hector and the entire team at TAS Racing for their superb support over the last 14 years. We have enjoyed an excellent and open relationship, as well as many successes and achievements throughout. I would also like to thank the many sponsors, riders and partners who have made the TAS and Suzuki partnership so successful.”
For an exclusive at Suzuki’s 2015 racing plans, see tomorrow December 10th’s Motorcycle News.