| Christian Iddon is looking forward to a fourth consecutive season of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the saddle of a TYCO BMW. And this year sees the Stockport rider climb aboard a brand-new bike for the first time during his stint with the Northern Ireland squad.|
Iddon, from Stockport, laments the lack of track time the team have had during the run up to the season opener at Silverstone this coming weekend, but is buoyed by the excitement at the prospect of getting to grips with the brand-new BMW.
Christian said: “I feel like we’ve never quite achieved what we want to achieve. It’s rare you get four years with a team, there’s a number of reasons behind that, but I think it shows we work well together, we feel there’s more to come from the partnership, it’s nice to be back with the same team, and it’s amazing to be doing it on a new bike. That’s the boost that we needed”.
The new BMW S1000RR has already hit the tracks in World Superbikes, but free practice at Silverstone will be the first time that the TYCO BMW has been on track alongside other BSB teams.
“The base bike is amazing, I prefer riding it, It’s a much nicer ride despite the fact it’s not fully ready” explained Iddon, “the bike itself is a much more compact package, it’s incredibly refined compared to the previous model, which was already a great bike, so it bodes well.
“We won’t have all the parts until round three or four, and obviously development of a bike is an ongoing process, right now we’ve barely scratched the surface, our test programme has been very, very short.
“It seems like we’re on the back foot and I’m sure we are, I’ve not been on a bike for a while so I’m a bit rusty, there’s definitely time in myself, I’m very positive about the bike. By the nature of the sport it’s how things work as a package, and the amount of that we’ve done compared with others is obviously less. Hopefully we can pull a few surprises.
“Regardless, my end goal remains the same, I only race in the Championship for one reason, I’m just excited about getting back riding, and seeing all the British Superbike fans at Silverstone”.
Christian will hit the track at Silverstone for the first time on Friday [19th Apr] during free practice, qualifying for round one of the 2019 championship takes place on Saturday [20th Apr] afternoon, and the lights go out for race one on Sunday [21st Apr]. Plus, you’ll be able to catch both races LIVE on Quest and Eurosport 2.
TYCO BMW rider Christian Iddon rounded out the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season with a fifth and fourth place at Brands Hatch, in Kent. Iddon, from Stockport, ran well throughout free practice for the 2018 finale, but a crash in qualifying, further damaging a broken collarbone suffered at Silverstone five weeks ago, left on the back foot, down in eighteenth place on the grid, and in far from peak physical condition.
Christian Iddon , from Stockport, scored a brace of top-tens, as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship made it’s annual pilgrimage to Assen in Holland.
Nursing a broken collarbone from his accident at Silverstone three weeks ago, it was tough going for the former World Superbike racer, and a technical problem in free practice two was a blessing in disguise.
Bennetts British Superbike rider Christian Iddon claimed a brace of top-ten finishes, as he returned to duty for the first time since breaking bones in his hand during a fall at Oulton Park six weeks ago. The TYCO BMW racer claiming ninth and eighth place respectively in the series’ two outings at Snetterton in Norfolk.