Ian Hutchinson takes his sensational 15th win at the TT and puts TAS Racing back on the top step on his Tyco BMW S1000RR after an incredibly tight and tense race, with ‘Hutchy’ taking the title with a five second advantage over fellow BMW rider Peter Hickman with Dean Harrison in 3rd place.
Following an incident earlier in the race at Greeba Castle the ‘Bingley Bullet’ found himself behind a backmarker through the yellow flagged section of the course which narrowed his lead of +11 seconds coming down the Mountain to just +2 seconds at Glen Helen on the sixth and final lap
However, some impeccable teamwork by the whole Tyco BMW team, with two fast pit-stops, most certainly aided the ‘Bingley Bullet’ to take the first win of the week.
After a difficult week with Manx weather causing lack of practice time, niggly problems persisting throughout the week and a change of tyre for this season, the Tyco BMW team and BMW Motorrad UK are obviously delighted to be rewarded with the prestigious RST Superbike title.
Philip Neill: “For TAS Racing as a team this is win 17 at the TT which is fantastic but more significantly this is our first Superbike TT win with Tyco Security Products and BMW Motorrad UK as a team and we are delighted to be able to reward them with this for all their support.
Alongside some fantastic riding by Hutchy – I also want to mention how good the team were today, their hard work and slick delivery cannot be underestimated.”
Ian Hutchinson: “We had been practicing our pit stops throughout the week when it wasn’t raining and again at 9am this morning which has definitely paid off. I needed every bit of help, especially with the yellow flag at Greeba Castle which made it very difficult to determine what speed we could get through there. I want to thank the medical staff and marshalls for enabling the race to continue and every bit of credit to them for trusting us to ride safely past them. There was a lot of traffic through the race with back markers – but I have learnt through the years not to panic about them and just do your best and get past them as safely and as smoothly as you can – it’s part of a typical 6 lap TT race!
A massive thanks to the whole Tyco BMW team that have delivered everything that I have asked for and trusting what I thought would work. The team have deserved the big bike win – they put so much work and effort into all the bikes and they always look impeccable when you walk up to them – it makes you want to win on it”