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BMW Motorrad UK responds to reports of TAS Racing switch

BMW Motorrad UK refuses to deny reports Northern Ireland team TAS Racing will become its official MCE British Superbike and International Road Racing team in 2015
BMW Motorrad UK has responded to claims that Northern Ireland team Tyco Suzuki is set to become the German manufacturer's official British Superbike and international road racing squad for 2015.

A statement issued to Crash.Net did not shed much light on reports that Philip Neill's TAS Racing outfit will split from Suzuki to join BMW, but also did not deny a shift in its official backing from Stuart Hicken's Buildbase Hawk Racing team was on the cards.

Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop has already confirmed that his partnership with BMW will not continue next year, with the 25-year-old revealing he will move to a different manufacturer.

TAS Racing's current roads team of Guy Martin and William Dunlop is expected to remain unchanged.

Tommy Bridewell is one name linked with a BSB ride for the Ulster team, with John Hopkins on his way out after a disappointing season in the series. British Supersport rider Taylor Mackenzie has left the team, adding more fuel to the prospect of a switch to BMW, as the marque currently does not produce a 600cc Supersport machine.

The BMW statement said: “In 2014, BMW Motorrad UK enjoyed its most successful season of motorcycle racing ever. The BMW/Hawk Racing Team won twice at the North West 200 with Michael Dunlop, who then went on to even greater glory taking the Superbike, Superstock and Senior TT titles at the Isle of Man.

“Ryuichi Kiyonari finished second in the MCE British Superbike championship after celebrating the BMW S1000RR's maiden superbike win and ending the season taking a total of seven race victories.

“BMW supported teams in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship, achieving race wins with Lee Jackson from Buildbase BMW and Hudson Kennaugh from Linxcel Trik Moto Racing.

“BMW Motorrad UK will be expanding its race programme in the UK and Ireland for 2015. This programme of racing activity will include a concentrated effort towards winning the British Superbike Championship while also providing a strong defence of the international road race victories of 2014.

“BMW Motorrad UK will also continue to support a number of teams and riders using our products through the International Customer Racing Programme, providing technical and product support to teams and riders who represent the BMW brand in the appropriate way.

“Due to contractual restraints we are unable to make a full team announcement at this time but full details of our plans for next season will be communicated in the very near future.”

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October 28, 2014 7:51 AM

Got to feel for Kiyo. When he re-signed for the Buildbase team it seemed he would be in with a real chance of the championship next year. What now though if all the serious BMW effort goes through TAS?

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