Roads: Dan Kneen joins Tyco BMW for Ulster GP

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Dan Kneen will join the Tyco BMW squad for next week’s MCE Ulster Grand Prix in place of the injured Ian Hutchinson.

The Manxman, who enjoyed his best TT to date this year with up his fastest ever mountain course lap and debut podium in the Superstock race, will stand in for Hutchinson, who broke his right femur and ankle in a crash in this year’s Senior TT.

Hutchinson and Tyco BMW dominated the world’s fastest road race on the iconic Dundrod circuit last year, clocking up a three victories on the BMW S1000RR and setting a new course lap record at 134.089mph.

“First of all, it’s nice to be asked to ride for Tyco BMW,” said Kneen. “Obviously the opportunity has come up due to Hutchy’s injury so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best with his recovery.

“It’s also nice to be given the chance on merit, because of the results I’ve been getting recently and how I’m riding. Things have been going well for me on BMW machinery so that in itself should make things easier jumping onto the TAS Racing prepared Tyco BMWs.


“TAS are known to be one of the top teams in the paddock and I’m looking forward to working with the lads at the Ulster Grand Prix. I’m sure we’ll have a good time.”

Team boss Philip Neill added: “With Hutchy out injured we could have taken the opportunity for a well-earned break from our hectic racing schedule, but we are big fans of the Ulster Grand Prix and as well as having a good record at the event, we very much enjoy bringing the whole show home to race in front of our local fans and race supporters.

“Hutchy is almost an impossible man to replace, but Dan has shown great form of late on BMW Motorrad machinery and very much reserves the opportunity at the Ulster Grand Prix. He’s a former winner and has shown recently that he can mix it with the best on the roads on the S1000RR, so we’re looking forward to working with him.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing