Bingley Bullet Ian Hutchinson has re-signed with Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control Yamaha outfit for next year’s international road races.
Hutchinson grabbed the limelight on the Prodigy frontman’s YZF-R6 at the Isle of Man TT in June, where he laid his 2010 injury demons to rest with a stunning double in the Supersport class to underline his remarkable renaissance at the top level on the legendary Mountain Course.
The Yorkshireman completed a memorable treble with a hard-earned win over Michael Dunlop in the Superstock TT to increase his tally of victories to 11, placing the 36-year-old level with Ulstermen Dunlop and Phillip McCallen plus the great Steve Hislop in the hall of fame.
The resilient English rider has now finalised his plans for 2016 following an earlier announcement that he had switched from Paul Bird Motorsport to Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team to ride a factory-backed S1000RR in the Superbike class and a production version in the Superstock races at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
It was also confirmed this week that Hutchy has replaced Carrick man Alastair Seeley as TAS Racing’s representative in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, joining British Superbike contenders Michael Laverty and new signing Christian Iddon in Philip Neill’s squad.
with BMW not currently producing a machine for the middleweight division, Hutchinson was a given a free rein to organise his own ride in the Supersport class and said it was a logical step to continue his association with Flint’s TTC team for a second year.
“It was an obvious decision to join the team on their Supersport bike after the results we had this year,” he said.
“Before the TT I had never ridden the bike until the first lap of practice and then we won both Supersport races, so this feels perfect for me.
“It was so easy coming and riding with the team and we know what we can improve together for next year, so we can move the job forward again.”
There was no place in Flint’s British Supersport team for Jordanstown rider Andy Reid, who won his maiden race at Oulton Park this year before a crash ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Reid has switched to the Quattro Plant Kawasaki line-up for next year and will remain in the series as he bids to transform himself into a genuine championship frontrunner.
Flint’s new-look British Supersport team includes James Westmoreland and Joe Francis, who were officially unveiled at the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday.