GIUGLIANO LEAVES TEAM BUT WHO WILL STEP IN?
Rumours about replacement rider run wild – could it be Danny Kent?
Ian Hutchinson was in line to earn a promotion to the MCE British Superbike Championship had he not broken his leg at this year’s Isle of Man TT.
Tyco BMW team boss Philip Neill has told MCN that Hutchinson would have been the ideal candidate to replace Davide Giugliano, who has parted ways with the Northern Irish team after much speculation following his Brands Hatch crash in May.
Hutchinson sustained a broken femur and ankle when he crashed while fighting for the lead in this year’s Senior TT. MCN understands he was taken to Liverpool hospital where both injuries were operated on and he is now consulting with the surgeon who saved his leg after his 2010 smash, Mr Matija Krkovic, about his next move.
This leaves Tyco BMW boss Neill in somewhat of a quandary in regards to who he puts on the second BSB machine alongside Christian Iddon.
MCN understands 2015 Superstock 1000 Champion, Josh Elliott, who stood in for Hutchinson at Tyco BMW in the Superstock class this weekend, is set to test the machine this week with a number of other potential candidates being considered for the ride.
Also in the frame is former Supersport star Andy Reid, who is desperate to return to racing after having found himself without a ride this year. Reid’s name has also been floated as a possible replacement for Tarran Mackenzie at MCAMS Yamaha in the supersport class.
Alastair Seeley, who replaced Giugliano at Oulton Park and took three North West 200 victories for Tyco BMW in May, is another in the mix for the seat but he’d need to get out of his commitment to ride the Spirit Moto2 machine in the Supersport class.
Double German Superbike Champion Markus Reiterberger is another name linked to the seat after parting company with the Althea BMW team in World Superbikes earlier this year, with double European Superstock 1000 Champion Sylvain Barrier also rumoured to be looking for a ride.
The team remain tight-lipped about who will even test the bike, with some wilder rumours even suggesting former 2015 Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent as a possible option.
Davide Giugliano had a torrid time in BSB and has now left Tyco