MONTH IN BIKES

Ger­mans push­ing to get car­bon-framed racer ap­proved for the Se­nior

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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

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