Hutchy’s Su­per­stock bike and WSB racer rid­den

Performance Bikes (UK) - - Contents - Words Matt Wildee / Pho­tog­ra­phy BMW

DE­VEL­OPED TO THE edge of the rules by the fac­tory-sup­ported Tyco BMW team, this S1000RR is prob­a­bly the most suc­cess­ful Su­per­stock S1000RR on the planet. This year, Ian Hutchinson took it to vic­tory in the Isle of Man TT, lap­ping at 133.098mph, and go­ing faster on this – a bike that can be bought and built to race-spec for less than the price of a posh Pani­gale – than he did on his mega-money, full-fac­tory Superbike.

He also proved him­self to be a force to be reck­oned with on the short cir­cuits in na­tional Su­per­stock, grab­bing two wins and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship, de­spite miss­ing the Don­ing­ton round to race at the TT. That race was won by even­tual cham­pion Tay­lor Macken­zie. The 25 points Tay­lor gained were vi­tal as he won the ti­tle by 26 points in the end. It could have been so much closer...

We’d been in­vited to BMW’s end-of-sea­son test at Jerez, where se­lected nob­bers are al­lowed to ride the cream of Ber­lin’s best rac­ers. It’s an in­ter­est­ing, but pres­sure-laden day where you start off on a road­bike then grad­u­ate to the Span­ish-champ Su­per­stocker, a TT Su­per­stocker, the Euro-champ Su­per­stocker, a World En­durance Superbike and then the full-fat 230bhp WSB bike in quick suc­ces­sion. You lit­er­ally jump off one on to the other. It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but usu­ally fries your brain with an over­load of un­known feed­back

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