Ian Hutchinson completes first test on Tyco BMW

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Ian Hutchinson has had his first test on the new Tyco S1000RR BMW he will race in 2016. The Bingley Bullet rode a stocker version of the German Superbike at Almeria on Thursday after driving down to the Spanish venue with the bike in the back of his van.

“I had high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed.” the 11 times TT winner said as he completed what was his first ever ride on a BMW during the track day.

There were no times for the session which the 36 year old was using to get a feel for the bike he will race in the British Superstock championship alongside his roads campaign this year.

“In the first session I went out for three laps and then came in and thought ‘I’ll never be able to race a bike again!’” Hutchy joked. “The next session I stayed out the whole time and loved it. I think it’s just been because I’ve been away from racing for four months and it all seems a bit odd when you first go out.” His first impressions focussed on the BMW’s power delivery. The biggest thing is the power delivery, it is just so smooth you don’t even realise how fast you are going.” he smiled. “It’s got a nice seating position and comfortable, just very easy to ride and I’m not aching or anything after today.”

Hutchy will join the rest of his Tyco BMW teammates for another test at Cartagena next week. He will spend a month in Spain with two further tests at Almeria scheduled.

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Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

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