Christian Iddon and Keith Farmer will form Tyco BMW’s line-up for the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship, it has been announced.
Iddon will enter his fourth year with the Tyco BMW squad aboard BMW’s all-new S1000RR. Having shown flashes of brilliance in the past three seasons, he’ll be hoping the new machine will be what’s needed to make the next step.
“Obviously I'm really happy to be back with TAS Racing for another year in the Superbike class,” he said.
“We have an exciting year ahead with the launch of the new BMW S1000RR - I can't wait to get riding the new bike after hearing such great things about it. Both myself and the team feel we have unfinished business so we will be looking to put that right in 2019. I'm genuinely grateful for their continued support.”
Farmer steps up to the Superbike class having taken victory for the Moneymore squad in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship last year.
"After an excellent first year with TAS Racing, claiming a Superstock 1000 title, I’m absolutely thrilled to be given the chance to step up to the Superbike class," he said. "I'm very grateful to the Philip and the Tyco BMW team to be given this opportunity. It shows they truly believe in me, and I will in return give my absolute all next season. What better way to enter into the official British Superbike Championship, than with the brand new BMW S1000RR! I’m so pumped to go testing and get things rolling into 2019.”
Speaking of his new line-up, team boss Philip Neill said: “Firstly, I am extremely pleased to confirm Tyco as our title partner for 2019. We continue our association with them in the British championship, which is our fourth year as the Official BMW Motorrad team.
“On the rider front, we are pleased to confirm that Christian will remain with us for another season, and equally happy to announce that Keith will also stay in Tyco BMW livery, albeit, he makes the step up to the Superbike division.
“For me the decision with Christian was simple. We have both invested a lot in each other and he clearly has the talent to succeed in BSB - so together with the new model RR, I firmly believe 2019 can be his year.
“With Keith the decision was also quite simple. We asked him to do a job for us in the Superstock class in 2018 and he delivered the championship, which was fantastic. We are under no illusions, the step up to Superbike is a significant one; however we believe Keith has the ability to deliver at any level, and although we should anticipate a settling in period - we do expect to see him running at the front during 2019.”