Bathams began it’s association with Motorcycle Racing in 2009 by sponsoring local legend Michael Rutter at the Isle of Man TT. On his privately entered Suzuki. He finished 7th in the Blue Riband Senior TT race, and the racing bug had bitten us !
Unsurprisingly, Bathams have continued to support Rutter in the British Superbike Championship, the Isle of Man TT, the Northwest 200 road race, and the Macau Grand Prix, right up to the present day.
Today, we are very proud to run Bathams Racing, a race team managed by Rutter, and based just a stones throw away from the brewery. It was formed at the start of 2018, and enjoyed a tremendous debut season, packed with all the excitement of motorcycle racing you would expect, as well as all the challenges of setting up the infrastructure needed to operate a competitive race team.
2018 also saw the arrival of two more riders to the Bathams family to join Rutter.
Rising star, Taylor Mackenzie joined us in the British Superstock class at the end of the season. He made an immediate impact by getting two podium results in the last three races, including a sensational win in the very last race of the season, just ahead of Rutter, who finished third, for our first ever “double podium”.
14 year old Harris Beech from Alveley also joined Bathams Racing in 2018 to compete in the “Junior Supersport” class, which is a feeder series for youngsters on smaller capacity motorcycles.
For the Superstock and Superbike classes, our weapon of choice is the incredible BMW S1000RR. It has 200bhp, and at circuits like the Northwest 200, and Isle of Man TT is capable of 200mph.
2019 was our 10th season in the race paddock and so far, our best. We kept Taylor Mackenzie on our bike as he bid to win the National Superstock 1000 championship, and he very nearly did it! Unfortunately, four victories and nine podiums weren’t quite enough to take the championship, but it was more than enough to secure runner up spot; our best ever championship finishing position.
The 2019 Road Race season was very successful for Rutter, with two podiums at the International Northwest 200, and at the Isle of Man TT he achieved a brilliant set of results. He finished all five races he started with a seventh, a sixth, a pair of 5th and finally his 7th career TT victory in the “TT Zero” class on the Bathams sponsored Mugen. Finally, at the season finale, the Macau GP Rutter claimed his 9th career victory at the race on board the teams ultra-exclusive Honda RC213V.
The 2020 season was all set to be something special for us. Bathams Racing had established itself as a team competitive enough and competent enough to be granted official status and technical support direct from BMW for their latest S1000RR, plus the signature of two times superstock champion Richard Cooper to replace Taylor Mackenzie, who moved to superbikes. Then the Coronavirus pandemic happened ,which caused the Northwest 200, TT Races and Macau GP to be cancelled, and finally on his debut for the team, Cooper broke his leg in an unlucky accident. The highs and lows of racing!
One significant highlight of the 2020 season was Michael Rutter swopping the normal black and gold of his BMW S1000RR for his late fathers iconic Red and Blue colours at the final round at Brands Hatch. It was a fitting tribute to Tony Rutter who won 2 British Championships, 4 World Championships, 5 Ulster Grand Prix, 9 Northwest 200’s and 8 Isle of Man TT races to cement his place in the motorcycle history books as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time, and who according to Michael, also used to like a pint of Bathams! Tony passed away on 24th March 2020.
The road race season has been cancelled for 2021, which we are naturally disappointed about; we want to race. However, Taylor has re-signed for Bathams Racing and returns to the family to once again challenge for the National superstock title while Richard continues to recover from his injuries. As BMW’s officially supported team in the superstock class, we are looking forward to taking delivery of their new M1000RR which has a lot of performance upgrades over the S1000RR, and which in Coopers absence, Rutter will be leading the development on.
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