Ian Hutchinson says there is more to come this year at the Isle of Man TT as the Tyco BMW rider targets a prized victory in the Superbike and Senior races.
The Bingley Bullet returned to top form in 2015, winning both Supersport races and the Superstock event to claim his first wins on the Mountain Course since 2010.
Hutchinson has completed an extensive pre-season testing programme and finished an excellent third in the opening British Superstock race of the season at Silverstone last weekend, underlining his confidence in the S1000RR.
“Coming off the back of some decent results last year I've started to enjoy racing and I don't have to push all the time to try and get myself back to where I was,” said Hutchinson, speaking at the official launch of the TT in Douglas on Thursday night.
“I went out to Spain a little bit earlier with the Superstock bike and did some work out there and in all I did 14 days of testing before the start of the season, so I did pretty much half a second before I even got to the first round of the British Championship.
“It's been really good and I love riding the bike and it's been pretty much the same bike since the first day I sat on it and it's so enjoyable to ride,” he added.
“Obviously the TT is totally different but it's not a new bike, it's been going around here for quite a number of years now and you can what Michael [Dunlop] has done on it down to riders further down the field: they've all gone better than they've ever gone on any other bike from what I can see, so it obviously works well around here and it's an easy bike to ride.”
Hutchinson, level with Michael Dunlop, Phillip McCallen and Steve Hislop on 11 TT wins, expects to be even stronger on the BMW Superbike in 2016 after struggling with stability problems last year on Paul Bird's Kawasaki ZX-10R.
“Hopefully there's a bit more to come from me with the BMW because last year the Kawasaki wasn't the most stable bike I've ever ridden and it didn't like doing jumps, that's for sure and every time I came to a jump I lost a fair bit of time,” he said.
“It's always tough to talk about times because everything is down to how the track is. We might all be lucky to be doing 131mph this year for example because you never really know how the track will be from year to year.
“It's always going to keep moving on and if somebody's going to do a speed then the rest of us have to do it, so it pulls us all on.”
Hutchinson will again ride in the Supersport class for Keith Flint's Team Traction Control Yamaha team.