TT star Ian Hutchinson could be re-considering whether he wants to step up to the MCE British Superbike class next season after a tough weekend at Assen.
Having ridden his BMW S1000RR to an all-but-confirmed second in the National Superstock series, Hutchinson was rewarded with a Superbike seat with the stock class not visiting the Dutch circuit.
The ride came as the 14-time TT winner enters talks with Tyco BMW boss Phillip Neill about their plans for the 2017 season with Hutchinson having indicated he’d like a crack at the BSB series next year.
Not only was the BSB-spec machine new to Hutchy, but as was the 2.822 mile Assen TT circuit, making for a difficult weekend for the 37-year-old who could only manage a best result of 24th in the second race.
“It was always going to be tough but I’ve got to learn the track at some point if I’m going to have a go at this next year,” he told MCN after the second race.
However, while many fingers point towards Hutchinson joining whichever big-named rider Tyco boss Phillip Neill manages to sign, with Leon Haslam, Sylvain Guintoli and Josh Brookes all thought to be in the running for the ride, Hutchinson says there is a lot for him to consider before making any final decisions.
“I think I could get a shot next year but it’s all about if I want to do it! I think I do want to give it a go as if I’m ever going to do it now is the time, but at 37 in my first real year I don’t think I’m ever going to be BSB champion!
“I don’t get enough time riding the Superbike and then when I go road racing I’ve only ridden the stocker so there’s a lot to weigh up. It is hard doing a full season of the roads and Superstock so nevermind a full season of BSB but we’ll see what comes of it!”
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