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Ian Hutchinson raring to go after rejoining TAS Racing



Fired up: Ian Hutchinson says he’ll be ready when racing returns

Fired up: Ian Hutchinson says he’ll be ready when racing returns

Fired up: Ian Hutchinson says he’ll be ready when racing returns

Sixteen-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson has announced that he is returning to the TAS Racing BMW team.

However, with the 2020 road racing season decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic, just when he will be able to compete for the team - who recently revealed Synetiq as sponsors - is unknown.

With the North West 200 postponed and unlikely to run at a later date in September, the TT officially cancelled and the Ulster Grand Prix a non-starter, the best option for both parties may well be for the Bingley Bullet to remain with the team for 2021.

Macau is still pencilled in to run this November and it is hoped that at least one Scarborough event may receive the green light, while the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix are waiting on an Isle of Man government decision on whether they can run.

Hutchy, who last rode for the Moneymore-based Hector and Philip Neill team in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, said: "I was secretly hoping that this would be the case all winter, if I'm honest. I'm ready to go whenever racing gets the go-ahead, as I had prepared so well in the early part of the year by getting warm-weather testing miles under my belt.

"I had good success and a lot of fun the last time I rode the S1000RR for TAS Racing and can't wait to get this lockdown finished."

Team principal Phillip Neill said: "I thought our racing days with Ian had come to an end after our successful partnership through 2016-17. However, we are clearly delighted that Ian was not only available, but extremely keen on a return to TAS Racing.

"One thing everyone can agree on is the determination shown by Hutchy time and again."

This is a reference to Hutchinson battling back from two extremely bad leg breaks that required numerous operations.

The only competitor to win five TT races in one week - a feat achieved in 2010 - Hutchy rode for the official Honda team in 2018 and 2019 without too much success and then rode a BMW under the Shaun Muir banner at Macau last year.

Alongside his Synetiq TAS BMW commitments, he will also contest the National Superstock Championship with his own team put together with BMW World Superbike boss Muir.

Belfast Telegraph