BSB: Giugliano joins Iddon at Tyco BMW for 2017
Former World Superbike star Davide Giugliano will join Christian Iddon in the Tyco BMW team for the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship.
The Italian makes the move over to the UK after losing his ride in the factory Ducati World Superbike outfit as the Bologna firm opted to place Marco Melandri alongside Chaz Davies for the 2017 season.
“I’m very happy to be joining the Tyco BMW team for my first season in the British Superbike Championship,” Giugliano said. “I have ridden on some of the British circuits already during my time in World Superbike, and will look forward to testing and racing on the others next year. British Superbike is a very popular championship with big crowds and I know the British public is passionate about their racing; a bit like the Italian supporters, so I’m hoping to gain many fans with Tyco BMW next season. I know having raced against the BMW S1000RR it is a strong package with a lot of potential, so I’m looking forward to getting started and showing what we can do in BSB.”
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Iddon added: “It goes without saying, I’m very pleased to have been able to secure a second season with Tyco BMW on the S1000RR. We learned a lot in 2016 and what we did show at both ends of the year was that we are more than capable of challenging at the front, and that’s exactly the plan in 2017, but more consistently. I’d also like to welcome Davide to the team. He’s a talented rider who will bring a lot to our set-up and together, I’m confident we can put the Tyco BMW to the fore at all twelve rounds of the championship in 2017.”
“To retain Christian for a second season is an ideal scenario. He showed flashes of brilliance on numerous occasions this year and only some mid-season problems affected his overall championship position. We believe in Christian's ability and fully expect him to be a championship contender next year, during his second term riding a Tyco BMW S1000RR.
I don't know Davide yet on a personal level but as world number 7 it's clear he is a very talented motorcycle rider and we would like to welcome him to Tyco BMW and to BSB for 2017.
“We do have some work with new tracks to learn and of course we need to ensure Davide feels comfortable on the S1000RR as soon as possible. However, there is huge buzz of excitement throughout the team and from our sponsors, so we simply cannot wait to start this new chapter in TAS Racing history.”