Roads: Hutchinson to remain with Tyco BMW for 2017
Ian Hutchinson will remain with Tyco BMW for the 2017 roads season after a successful first year with the Northern Irish squad.
The Bingley Bullet stormed to victories at all three international road races, including the Superstock category at the Isle of Man TT, as well as unexpectedly fighting for the title in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series.
Visibly disappointed to miss out on a Superbike win at this year’s TT, Hutchinson has that goal firmly set in his sights for 2017 with the specific aim from team boss Hector Neill of taking victory in the blue riband Senior TT.
Hutchinson will also return to the short circuits in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class after a remarkable season saw him take his first short circuit victory since the crash that nearly ended his career at Silverstone in 2011.
“I’m glad to have finally sorted a deal to stay with Tyco BMW for a second season,” he said. “Looking back we had a very good run in 2016 with wins at all the International Road Races.
Having now worked together for a season, we know where we need to improve with the obvious goal, to go on now and challenge for the Superbike wins at all of the big three internationals.
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The BMW S1000RR still has so much potential in Superbike trim on the roads and with another season of British Superstock planned, the aim there will be to go one step better and win the championship next season.”
Hector Neill added: “Hutchy did a great job for us this season and whether it was in British championship or the roads, he was always in contentions for wins and podiums and provided both our sponsors and fans with a lot of entertainment. His international hat-trick in the Superstock class and his terrific season in British Superstock proved how well he got on with the Tyco BMW, and to go on and take the world’s fastest track lap record at Dundrod was the icing on the cake.
The goal going forward is to build on that success and I’ve never hidden the fact that the Senior TT trophy is the one we really want to win in 2017. It’s the blue-riband road race on the season’s calendar, and along with Hutchy and our dedicated team we will be giving it our very best shot.”