BSB: Solid debuts for Tyco BMW rookies

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It was all new for the Tyco BMW team at Snetterton this weekend as Superbike rookies Andy Reid and Josh Elliott got their first tastes of the BMW S1000RR in superbike spec.

Reid was announced as the full-time replacement for Davide Giugliano ahead of Snetterton, and with his new team-mate Christian Iddon ruled out of action on Friday morning the team’s new stock rider, Elliott was drafted in as a replacement.

With neither rider having had the taste of a Superbike or the BSB class before, it was always going to be a baptism of fire for the youngsters, but they held their own to show clear progression throughout the weekend.

From FP1 to FP3, Reid shaved more than 3.5 seconds off his quickest time, while Elliott was able to do enough to score his first ever BSB point in Sunday’s opening race.


“I’m really happy with how the weekend went, this was the first race weekend on the Superbike with little testing time,” said Reid. “The pace got better and better and lap times kept improving throughout sessions.  The boys were really patient with me and I’m really looking forward to getting back out on track at Brands Hatch on the Tyco BMW S1000RR and making more steps forward.”

Elliott added: “I came to Snetterton expecting to ride the Superstock bike, then the team offered me a last minute opportunity to deputise for Christian on the Superbike.  I’m really happy how the weekend went and to come away having scored points on my debut is quite satisfying.  I am very thankful to the whole Tyco BMW team for all their help this weekend and for this opportunity.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing