Ian Hutchinson is set to make his first return to the MCE British Superbike grid since 2015 as Tyco BMW expands to a three rider line-up for Assen.

The 14-time Isle of Man TT winner has spent the year competing in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series notching up two wins and six further podiums but with the championship not participating in Holland it provides Hutchinson an ideal opportunity with his Tyco BMW team.

"I'm very grateful to my Tyco BMW team for giving me the opportunity to ride in the British Superbike class this weekend at Assen," Hutchinson said. "It's been a great season for me this year with Tyco BMW and although I've never been to the Assen circuit, I hope to be able to do both myself, and the team justice on the S1000RR Superbike in both races."

Tyco BMW team manager Philip Neill says the Bingley rider fully deserves his opportunity at Assen in BSB due to his achievements in Superstock and on the roads this year.

"Hutchy has had a great year on Tyco BMW machinery both in British championship and also on the roads, so he fully deserves his chance to go out and ride a Superbike this weekend at Assen," Neill said. "There's absolutely no pressure on him. We want him to go out and enjoy the experience, but knowing Hutchy he will be looking for more than just a decent result."

Hutchinson will race alongside fellow Tyco BMW riders Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon at Assen this weekend. The Isle of Man TT legend's last BSB outing came with the PBM Kawasaki team in 2015 in the opening three rounds as preparation for the Isle of Man TT, before returning at Thruxton last year as fill-in for the injured Stuart Easton.


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The way he's been riding this year on the short circuits I wouldn't be surprised to see him somewhere near the pointy end