Guy Martin, William Dunlop and Alastair Seeley form Tyco BMW dream team

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Road racing stars Guy Martin, William Dunlop and Alastair Seeley will form a dream team for Tyco Racing as they switch from Suzuki to BMW machinery for the 2015 international road racing season.

TT star Guy Martin, now the most successful rider never to win a race there, will remain with the team despite admitting that he had considered retirement from the sport altogether before confirming he would stay with the team.

“Moving to BMW machinery is the reason I’m still racing next year and not retiring. I’ll always give it my all and to be with a quality manufacturer like BMW is mega. I’m looking forward to getting on the bikes as soon as possible. It’s a new bike and I’ve never ridden it before, but we all know its pedigree. TAS are the best team I’ve ever ridden for; they get me and I get them and we meet in the middle, which is why we’ve been successful and this new venture with BMW is just what we need going into next season.”

He’ll be joined by the Northern Irish duo of William Dunlop and Alastair Seeley, as they both set out to build on ultra-strong 2014 performances. Dunlop, who took his first international superbike win at the north West 200 – by beating brother Michael on BMW machinery – says he can do more in that class.

“Moving to BMW Motorrad is an exciting change and one I’m looking forward to. We all saw what the BMW S 1000 RR was capable of achieving this season, so with the expertise of the guys at TAS Racing, I’m pretty sure we can do a good job in 2015. I got my first international Superbike win last year and I’d really like more next year as it’s the class to do it in. We have a top team and I’m happy to be working with Guy again at the TT, where I think together we can be even stronger with this exciting new package.”

Seeley, meanwhile, who will also compete in the National Superstock 1000 class alongside BSB teammates Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell, has one clear goal for 2015 – to beat Robert Dunlop’s record and become the most successful North West 200 racer of all time.

“It’s great to be back with TAS Racing and to be part of the whole Tyco BMW set-up for next year. With factory support and what I believe to be the best machinery for both the Superstock class and the North West 200, I really can’t wait to get started. TAS Racing gave me the opportunity to win two British championships so the goal this year is to repay them and hopefully make that three. I’m also happy to be back in the Superstock class as I feel the BMW S 1000 RR will give me a great chance to win the championship and I’ve already started doing my homework for next season.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer