GIUGLIANO LEAVES TEAM BUT WHO WILL STEP IN?

Ru­mours about re­place­ment rider run wild – could it be Danny Kent?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER

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.

D E R E L B U O D

Da­vide Giugliano had a tor­rid time in BSB and has now left Tyco

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