The 17th Century National Trust plantation house at Springhill, just a stone's throw from TAS Racing's headquarters in Moneymore, was the perfect venue to launch this year's Tyco BMW International Road Racing team of Guy Martin and William Dunlop for the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
Both men will open their account on the all-new Tyco BMW Motorrad
machinery during a scheduled test in Spain next month, riding alongside
their British championship team-mates Michael Laverty, Tommy Bridewell
and Alastair Seeley.
Martin said of the new venture by TAS Racing and his stable of Tyco BMW
Motorrad machinery for this season: "I always give one hundred percent
effort, no matter what I'm doing but I'm not going to make any stupid
predictions for the year ahead. I'm confident that the Tyco BMW Motorrad
bikes will make all the difference this year. It really does look mint.
"People have been asking questions about the retirement story that was
in the press, but all I'm interested in is going to the TT and trying to
win on this new bike. I'll only start to think about what I'm doing
after that when I'm on the boat home."
On his pre-season preparations Martin added: "I wouldn't even consider
turning up if I wasn't fully prepared. It's not about money for me, or
waving at the crowd and picking up cheques. Stuff that. I go to the TT
to try and win and I believe with the same effort as before, and with
these guys behind me, the Tyco BMW will be good enough for the job. I
will be well prepared and after that what-will-be will-be."
His team-mate for a second consecutive season will be William Dunlop, an
international Superbike winner with TAS Racing and Tyco last year at
the North West 200. The Ballymoney man does his talking on track, but
did say of the new BMW Motorrad machinery.
"Yeah I just love the look of the new bike, and if it goes as well as it
looks then we are in for a good year. I enjoy working with Guy; he's
great craic and we had fun working together last year. To win a TT is
the main goal for us both and on these new S1000RR bikes both in
Superbike and Superstock trim - we shouldn't be too far away."
Team Manager Philip Neill concluded: "It was worth the extra effort
getting two bikes prepared and what a setting we have in Springhill
House, right here on our doorstep. It was great to get Guy and William
together for the shoot, and the next step is to get them out on track in
Spain in the next couple of weeks. Both are looking fit and well and
like the BSB boys, they can't wait to get their first run on the Tyco
BMW S1000RR. There's a lot of hard work still to do, but there's also a
lot of excitement in our camp for the year ahead."