MONTH IN BIKES
Germans pushing to get carbon-framed racer approved for the Senior
BMW’s special dispensation to run the HP4 at the TT, plus all the stories that matter from the last four weeks.
BMW IS HOPING to give its carbon-framed, track-only HP4 Race an outing at the TT, taking advantage of the exemption that allows ‘interesting’ bikes to side-step the usual rules on homologation, PB understands.
The Senior itself is technically an open-class free-for-all anyway – a hangover from the days of over-thecounter Grand Prix bikes and full factory teams. But in recent years, Superbikes have proved an unbeatable combination of cost/availability and performance, so few have experimented.
But the organisers have recognised the value in interesting exemptions: Norton’s SG V4s, Padgett’s RC213V-S and the Suter 500 generate as much social media exposure as race wins and lap records – if not more. You can’t open YouTube in June without seeing yet another fly-by vid... In recent years, they’ve also allowed the special cases to race in the Superbike race at the start of the week. PB has learnt that BMW hopes to get the HP4 on the start line for the same reason – a fairly logical follow-up to Peter Hickman’s demo lap for a promo video last year, when BMW tagged on to PB’s road bike TT super-test, in order to get closed road footage. It does raise the question of who might run it – front-running riders aren’t usually the sort to gamble on unproven machinery. But then, Michael Dunlop doesn’t have a ride in the Superbike classes yet...
Hickman took it for demo laps at last year’s TT BMW MOTORRAD CARBON-FRAMED ROAD RACER
Organisers gave Padgett’s RCV special permission