Ian Hutchinson set for Isle of Man TT return in Milwaukee BMW Challenge for TAS Racing
The Bingley rider has enjoyed a successful association in the past with the Northern Ireland team of Hector and Philip Neill and will race Superbike, Superstock and Senior racing on the latest BMW M1000RR machines for the 18 TT winners.
The Moneymore-based team will mark 40 years since Ulsterman Norman Brown won the 500cc Senior TT race in 1982 as a privateer on his event debut for Hector Neill.
Hutchinson, who has won the Mountain Course 16 times, said: “It has been a crazy five years for me since the last time I rode for the TAS Racing team.
“Coming back to the team, where I had my most recent success at the TT, was something I had hoped would be possible throughout this winter and to hear that the title sponsor will be Milwaukee, was really the icing on the cake. .
“TAS and Milwaukee have given me great success in the past, so I can’t wait for us all to work together again in 2022.”
BMW Milwaukee Team Principal Philip Neill says the deal to race in Milwaukee red and white colors with “Hutchy” – who won five races in one week at the 2010 TT for Team Honda by Clive Padgett – was a “dream script”.
“Road racing and the Isle of Man TT is quite simply in our DNA at TAS Racing and after two years away we are now looking forward to racing on the Isle of Man in June. The organizing team has made significant changes during this time and this year’s TT has the potential to be the biggest ever,” he said.
“Partnering with Milwaukee is kind of a dream scenario for all of us as we have developed a close relationship with them over the past few years. I now look forward to seeing the bikes in action sporting this bright red Milwaukee livery on the mountain circuit.
“Our partnership with Ian dates back to 2016 when we enjoyed significant success together, both on the roads and on BSB tracks. So, in this very important year for TAS Racing, we are delighted to team up with Ian again. for our latest assault on international road racing events.
Hutchinson will also race a Yamaha R6 in the Supersport class this season at the North West 200 and TT for the Co Armagh-based Boyce Precision Engineering by Russell Racing team.
The team is led by Glenavy man Alister Russell, who was previously team manager to a number of top drivers including Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, Guy Martin and most recently the late William Dunlop.
News of Hutchinson’s return to TAS Racing comes after it was confirmed that 19-time TT winner Michael Dunlop will race a Ducati Panigale V4 on the roads this season for Paul Bird’s top-flight British Superbike team, while FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman – the 135mph lap record holder – will bid for more glory on the BMW M1000RR delivered by Gas Monkey Garage in a special TT deal with the famous American custom car firm.
This year also heralds the return of 23-time winner John McGuinness to the Honda Racing UK team alongside Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin, while reigning senior TT champion Dean Harrison lines up on the rebadged bikes DAO Racing Kawasaki.
The TT is scheduled to run May 29-June 10, with the North West 200 taking place May 10-14.
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