published at 18.12.2014, 11:14

BMW Motorrad UK and TAS Racing announce five-rider Tyco BMW team

The team will contest British Superbikes, Superstock 1000 and International Road Races, including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP in 2015. Guy Martin and William Dunlop will be riding the BMW S 1000 RR on the roads, with Alastair Seeley also competing in the North West 200. Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell will contest the British Superbike Championship, with Alastair Seeley also racing in the National Superstock 1000 support series.

“Moving to BMW machinery is the reason I’m still racing next year and not retiring,” says Guy Martin. “I’ll always give it my all and to be with a quality manufacturer like BMW is mega. I’m looking forward to getting on the bikes as soon as possible. It’s a new bike and I’ve never ridden it before, but we all know its pedigree. TAS are the best team I’ve ever ridden for; they get me and I get them and we meet in the middle, which is why we’ve been successful and this new venture with BMW is just what we need going into next season.”

Moving to BMW machinery is also an exciting change for William Dunlop, whose brother Michael rode the RR to an historic triple at the Isle of Man earlier this year, winning the Senior, Superstock and Superbike TTs.

“We all saw what the BMW S 1000 RR was capable of achieving this season, so with the expertise of the guys at TAS Racing, I’m pretty sure we can do a good job in 2015,” comments William. “We have a top team and I’m happy to be working with Guy again at the TT, where I think together we can be even stronger with this exciting new package.”

On the short circuits, Michael Laverty returns to BSB action to ride the RR after two seasons in MotoGP. “It’s a very exciting time for both myself and the team,” he says. “We are both new to the BMW S 1000 RR but it is a bike built for the racetrack and I believe we have all the ingredients required to deliver the BSB title.”

He’ll be joined on the grid by Tommy Bridewell, who has lots of prior experience riding an RR in the BSB. “Having ridden the BMW before, I know we will have as competitive a package as anyone on the BSB grid in 2015,” he says. “With factory support and the help of everyone at Tyco BMW, the goal is to be challenging regularly at the front and winning more races, so I’m counting down the days to the first test.”

Racing on the roads and the short circuits will be Alastair Seeley, who is delighted to be part of the whole Tyco BMW set-up for next year. “With factory support and what I believe to be the best machinery for both the Superstock class and the North West 200, I really can’t wait to get started,” he comments. “I’m happy to be back in the Superstock class as I feel the BMW S 1000 RR will give me a great chance to win the championship.”

Commenting on this exciting announcement, Lee Nicholls, BMW Motorrad Marketing and PR Manager, added: “In 2014, BMW Motorrad had its most successful season of racing in the UK, which has enabled us to increase our support to both the British Superbike and Road Racing paddocks for 2015. The TAS Racing team will spearhead our assault on track, and on the roads, and will receive the full technical support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport in Munich within the framework of the BMW Customer Racing Strategy.”