THE WORLD’S FASTEST S1000RRs
Hutchy’s Superstock bike and WSB racer ridden
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