BMW are set to make an historic return to the Isle of Man TT Races this year as it was announced they will be contesting the Superbike and Senior race.

It was only a year ago the Bavarian manufacturer joined the World Superbike circuit and the latest news shows how BMW are looking to grow their brand in other areas of motor sport after it withdrew from Formula 1 and has made cut backs in the World Touring Car Championship.

Riding a BMW S1000RR, Rico Penzkofer is set to take on the riding duties after finishing a stunning fifth place in the Macau Grand Prix, the 34-year-old will be given full factory backing for the two six-lap races at the Isle of Man.

Over the years BMW has recorded 30 TT wins since 1937, with a majority of these wins in the sidecar class.

Penzkofer is no stranger to the 37 mile circuit having made his debut last year contesting the two Supersport races, achieving a personal best lap of just under 120mph.

“To be representing BMW on their return to the TT is a tremendous honour for me and after my debut last year,” said Penzkofer. “I can't wait to return to the Mountain Course. Riding the Superbike will obviously present a new challenge but the bike is superb and that, combined with my own improved knowledge of the course, should see us able to make a good impression. Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus have proved in World Superbikes that the bike is competitive and we hope to do the same at the TT.”

Hon Martyn Quayle, MHK, Minister for Tourism and Leisure, Isle of Man Government, commented: “It's really exciting to see the return of such a prestigious marque to the Isle of Man TT and their involvement in the 2010 races is a great boost to an already strong list of manufacturers – more evidence that the TT is going from strength to strength.”

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