Hutchinson signs up for second year with Tyco
The Belfast Telegraph can exclusively reveal that Ian Hutchinson - who claimed the title of World's Fastest Road Racer with a stunning 134mph lap at this year's MCE Ulster Grand Prix, along with wins at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT - will remain in Hector Neill's Tyco BMW team for a second consecutive season.
The 14-time Isle of Man TT winner, who took a hat-trick of International Road Racing Superstock wins for Hector and Philip Neill's team this term, will be back for more of the same in 2017, with his optimum goal - a coveted Senior TT top step.
"It was always looking that we would be able to do a deal for a second season," said Hutchinson, who will be at Charles Hurst BMW in Belfast on December 3 to launch his official autobiography.
"Every rider will tell you that a second season on a bike is needed to refine and perfect things, and after having had such a great run this year with the Tyco boys, I'm confident we can step it up again next season and have a really good go at winning some Superbike races," added Hutchinson, who will also remain in Prodigy front-man Keith Flint's Yamaha road racing team to campaign 600cc machinery.
Recounting his season with the Moneymore-based Tyco BMW team, 'Bingley Bullet' Hutchinson said: "The boys gave me everything I needed to do the job and apart from Macau, which was a bit of a disaster for reasons beyond our control, every race I competed in this season for BMW on the roads, I stood on a podium.
"That's not a bad record in some pretty decent company, is it?" smiled the softly spoken racer, who also had a great run in the British Superstock class in 2016.
Passionate team owner Hector Neill's 'modus operandi' hasn't changed since he first won the Senior TT with the late Norman Brown back in the halcyon days.
"I've always said I'd retire if we won another Senior TT, but it's not proving that easy," joked Hector, who admitted his delight at securing the services of 'Hutchy' for a second season.
"It seems he's the only man who can take it to (Michael) Dunlop these days in the Superbike class and he did a great job for us this season," said the elder statesman of racing, whose whole year revolves around the world famous June showpiece on the Isle of Man - the TT.
"He's proved this season that he can ride short circuits and roads and he's done a great job for us at Tyco BMW. I leave Philip with the day-to-day running of the team these days, and he's doing a great job, but I do love the roads and especially the TT. I'm convinced Hutchy can get me another Senior win. Well, here's hoping!"
Looking ahead with added optimism,Hutchinson said: "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."
Hutchinson had originally planned to use the British scene as a build-up for the pure racing season, but with podiums at virtually every race track in 2016 and a handful of convincing wins, he did briefly flirt with the idea of a British Superbike ride next year.
With some additional insight he added: "We had looked at moving up to the Superbike class, but decided to stay in Stock 1000, which is shaping up to be a very competitive class for 2017.
"It will keep me sharp for the roads and the bonus is, I love riding the S1000RR in Superstock trim, as we showed this year with a lot of success."
Having come through more than 40 operations to save his leg - and career - following a horrific incident at Silverstone back in 2010, Hutchy is nothing less than a walking miracle.
Hutchinson understands the history at TAS Racing - and just what it means to win on Mona's Isle for local racing patriarch, Hector Neill.
"To give the TAS boys and its sponsors their first TT win in a number of years was very satisfying," he added.
"It was great to see Hector back in the TT winner's enclosure as I know it means so much to him."