Hutchy – slow talker, fast rider
The 2016 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) race was a memorable one, and for a good reason.
Thousands of spectators enjoying the sunshine, pure road racing excitement and, as a special treat for BMW motorcycle fans, world-class riders crossing the finish line with record times and record speeds on their BMW S 1000 RR motorcycles. One of them is the soft-spoken Ian Hutchinson.
Ian Hutchinson, the racer
Ian Hutchinson has stood on the winner's podium many times. The 36-year-old Brit nicknamed "The Bingley Bullet" has claimed an impressive 14 victories at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race. He has also won road racing medals in the Ulster Grand Prix and the Macau Grand Prix. And then there's his 'part-time job' racing on short circuits, this year with Tyco BMW Motorrad. Needless to say, Hutchy is just as successful on the race track as on the road, and he has the medals to prove it.
So it's easy to understand why this soft-spoken man from the north of England is a true racing hero for many Brits. Victories are his thing...
At this year's North West 200 in Ireland, Hutchy won the first Superstock Race on an almost all stock Tyco BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR and came in second place in the Superbike Race. His performance earned him a whole new fan base overnight.
Hutchy really won over the BMW Motorrad community last June, when he broke new lap and speed records with his DoubleR, winning the Superstock race and coming in second in the Superbike class. His growing fan base in the UK watched with excitement as he worked his way to the front at the British Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship: He clinched second place at the race track in Snetterton on 10 July after his first win in this year's series.
How Hutchy became a racer with a thirst for victory
Catching the racing bug
A long involuntary break.
The BMW Motorrad connection
Getting to know each other.
Getting to know each other.
Even before he sat on the RR for the first time, Ian Hutchinson knew that people who ride BMW motorcycles have a passionate relationship with the brand. He became a true believer when he attended BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The three-day festival for the BMW Motorrad community is one of the highlights of the year for motorcyclists. Hutchinson was impressed with the atmosphere that is created when 35,000 people come together to share their excitement and passion.
"The people who build these motorcycles are doing more than just their job; these bikes are more than just vehicles. For these people, it's about something much bigger. I wasn't prepared for the welcome I received when I was introduced to the audience in the party pavilion. It was an incredible reception. I also had time to have a look around the festival, and I saw some amazing custom bikes. I'm gradually developing a real affection for custom builds. It's amazing how much work goes into many of them."
With the second half of the 2016 racing season approaching, Hutchy is enjoying his time out of the spotlight for a change and focusing on building the extension to his house. This softly-spoken man who chooses his words carefully has gone through more pain than most people, yet he still has an unwavering desire to win. No wonder people say it's the quiet ones you have to watch out for. That probably applies to Hutchinson more than anyone else, on the road and on the race track.