Christian Iddon hit the ground running as the TYCO BMW squad headed to Cartagena, in Spain, to get much track time in ahead of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season opener at Donington Park on the 1st April.
The last week saw Stockport based MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship rider, Christian Iddon, complete back to back Official BSB Tests at Silverstone and Donington Park, aboard his new S1000RR Tyco BMW Superbike.
First stop was Northamptonshire Grand Prix venue, Silverstone, where Iddon sat as high as 4th place in two of the three sessions around the 3.6mile GP circuit.
Later in the week, the BSB riders moved on to Donington Park in Leicestershire, and Iddon was well on the pace around the former Formula One Grand Prix track, finishing 2nd behind teammate Michael Laverty in the opening session of the day, whilst only being separated from Laverty in the day’s third session by multiple BSB Champion, Shane Byrne [Be Wiser Ducati].
“I’m really happy with the two Official Tests we have had over here in the UK” added Christian. “We have been lucky with the weather and it has allowed us to continue the work we were doing in Spain”.
“Silverstone was a great test for us and I felt very comfortable on the Tyco BMW” continued former World Superbike rider, Iddon. “To be honest the Donington test was a little more difficult but step by step the team improved the bike but I still believe we have some more to come after we get a good look through the data”.
“The main positive I’m going away with is our ability to do long runs and to be able to do fast lap times on very used tyres. Having said that, I think that also means we have more we can extract when the tyre is new so no doubt we will work on that when we get to Round 1″
“This is going to be an incredibly close Championship” Christian went on to predict, “the testing times show that without doubt but I’m quietly content with the work we have gone through over the winter test period and where we now find ourselves. I’m ready for round 1 now and I’m just looking forward to the challenge”.
Christian won’t be out of the saddle for long, as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship heads to Silverstone for Rounds 1&2 of the 2016 Series on the 8-
Stockport MCE British Superbike racer Christian Iddon returned from an intensive week of testing in the South of Spain at the weekend, where he finally had the chance to climb aboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR he will contest the 2016 Championship with.
Iddon joined the Tyco BMW squad, for his first taste of the team’s BMW S1000RR since his announcement he will race for the Northern Ireland based squad, as they racked up track time at Circuito de Cartagena, near Murcia, and at Circuito de Almeria, near Spain’s Southern coast.
“The first test at Cartagena was, for me, much more of a practice session than anything else. It always takes me quite a while to get back up to speed and to get any consistency so before giving any feedback I just wanted to turn some laps and that was pretty much what we did for the first couple of days. We also used it to work on body position and getting me comfortable on the BMW S1000RR” explained Christian.
“The second half of the test we started to work on a few more things with the bike. To be perfectly honest we have an excellent base setting already due to the hard work of the team and Michael Laverty from last season so many of the things we were trying were more to give me an idea of what each change would do to the set up of the bike should we have to make a setting change during a race weekend”, Iddon added.
“For the final three days we moved on to Almeria where we continued to work on chassis changes for the first day and then unfortunately lost day two due to adverse weather conditions. I was a little concerned about losing track time but on the final day we changed our work programme and stuck with our best setting and concentrated more on electronics. This allowed me to put in some more consistent laps and I began to really feel at home on the Tyco BMW”, enthused Christian.
Iddon went on to summarise; “We gathered a massive amount of data over the test and now there is lots of work to do in order to analyse all of that and make a plan moving forwards to the final tests at Donington and Silverstone before the season begins. We still have some areas I think we can improve but I feel really good on the bike and with the team and I’m really looking forward to getting the season going”.
The MCE British Superbike Championship takes to the track for the first rounds of the 2016 Series on the 8-
(Photo credit: Tyco BMW)