Ryan Farquhar has taken up Guy Martin's Tyco BMW ride for the Isle of Man TT and will compete alongside Ian Hutchinson.
After Martin opted to miss this year's Isle of Man TT to take on the ultra-endurance mountain bike race the Tour Divide, Farquhar will race on the team's BMW S1000RR in both Superbike TT races as well as the Senior TT.
The three-time TT winner says the opportunity came about by chance and after speaking with team boss Philip Neill about TAS Racing's second superbike alongside Hutchinson it became a straightforward deal.
“Having purchased a Superstock BMW with support from TAS Racing for this season, I got chatting to Philip Neill and from there the Superbike ride on the Tyco BMW came about,” Farquhar said. “It's one of those situations that just seems like it was meant to be.
“I never thought at this stage of my career I was going to get the chance to ride a competitive Superbike at the TT again. So to be riding for Tyco BMW with full support from BMW Motorrad and a great team of people around me, is a great opportunity.
“If the Tyco BMW package on Metzeler tyres is good enough for Hutchy it's good enough for me. I do adapt to things pretty quickly and I have ridden on the tyres previously, so jumping on a BMW S1000RR with Metzeler tyres holds no issues at all for me.”
Neill says it had always been in Tyco BMW's plans to run a two-bike team for the superbike races and Senior TT and they wanted to find a 'suitable rider' who could take on the challenge.
“Barring one or two years in the past fifteen, we've always represented a manufacturer in an official capacity at the TT with a two rider team,” Neill said. “This year we were tempted to run with just Ian [Hutchinson] after Guy decided to sit it out, but there was always a desire, should a suitable rider come along, to have two riders on Tyco BMWs at the June event.
“Initially Ryan contacted me about the potential of some support on a deal to purchase a BMW Superstock bike for this year, which we were happy to get involved with at TAS Racing. The racing conversation and consequently a Superbike deal stemmed from there, and with his talent, experience and ability; not to mention his technical knowledge, he will be an asset to us on the Tyco BMW Superbike. Taking all of that into consideration made it an easy decision to include Ryan in our plans.”