Courtesy of MCE British Superbike Championship
Iddon joins Tyco BMW alongside returning Laverty for 2016
Tyco BMW has announced their 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship line-up with Christian Iddon moving to the Northern Ireland based team alongside the returning Michael Laverty.
Ulsterman Laverty has had a strong relationship with the team during his career and is looking to build on his first season onboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR, which he ended this season’s title battle in fourth place in the overall standings. Laverty ended his 2015 campaign in fine style, claiming his first win on the BMW at the season finale at Brands Hatch, adding to his three previous podium finishes.
Former World Supermoto star Iddon moves to Tyco BMW after ending his 2015 season in tenth place in the overall standings. The Stockport racer was hit with an injury and bad luck during the season but scored a best result of fourth place in the final two rounds of the season.
The team recently announced they will also fight for the 2016 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship title with 11-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson, who will ride a S1000RR.
Laverty said: “We had a strong end to last season and I have really gelled with the BMW so I am happy to stay with the team and have some continuity because over recent years I have never stayed for two seasons with the same team and regretted it. It’s exciting to build on last season and we have a good development plan over the winter; we went out at the end of last season with a winning motorcycle and that signals our intentions for 2016.
“I also wanted to stay with BMW as there are lots of movers and shakers in the Championship next year and those teams and riders will have to do the groundwork – that is what we did last season. I am looking forward to being able to fine tune now after our development year. There is still a lot more potential to come from the Tyco BMW; we have a really fast engine and we can still do more work to polish off the power delivery, improve the chassis settings and that creates more harmony.
“We can only improve with small percentages and marginal gains but they all make a big difference. I definitely want to be in a position to stand on the podium from round one; we want to come straight out of the box and start where we finished last year. I hope to be stronger earlier on in the season next year and then we can have a game plan for the Showdown. I really think we have the tools to fight for the Championship.”
Iddon said: “I am looking forward to good year in 2016; it’s exciting as they are a top flight team who has been around for a long time. I met with the team and everyone was spot on and to be linked with BMW in their official team is also a big plus for me.
“We had a lot of misfortune last year, but I hope we can start the year with some solid performances and build on it from there. I am feeling confident and I want to run at the front and with the right package there is no reason why I can’t. Consistency is important for results, especially with the Showdown, we saw that this year. I don’t know what to expect yet but I can’t wait to have my first test on the BMW.”
Hutchinson said: “We secured the deal just over a month ago and now that my 2015 season is over, I’m really looking forward to getting going with Tyco BMW. After pretty much four years away from the sport I now need a bit of consistency. BMW is a huge brand and along with Philip Neill at TAS, they have shown how much they want to be involved with me for next season. That enthusiasm sold it to me and with direct support from BMW Motorrad it was hard to turn down.”
Team Manager Philip Neill commented: “After a very satisfying first season together with BMW Motorrad everyone at TAS Racing is looking forward to a second season with the BMW S1000RR. In turn, to have our long-term title partner Tyco Security Products remain with us for another year is very pleasing indeed. It was always our intention to continue with Michael for a second year: his experience and end of season form have left us feeling optimistic for 2016.
“I am extremely happy to welcome Christian to our team for 2016. I have always admired him as a rider to be honest. I truly believe that with our experience as a team, the quality of the BMW S1000RR package and Christian’s unique talent as a rider, we have all the ingredients to be successful.
“Obviously we are really excited to have Ian Hutchinson onboard as a member of Tyco BMW for next year, and together with the International Road Racing events, Ian will support our BSB campaign in the National 1000cc Superstock Championship.
“Finally, a big thanks goes to BMW Motorrad, Tyco Security Products and to each of our associate sponsors for your continued faith in TAS Racing.”
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