British Superbike Championship front runner, Christian Iddon is mulling over, making his roads debut at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.
A huge fan of the roads, the son of ex TT racer and Silicone Engineering Racing Team Manager Paul Iddon, has in recent seasons competed within the multi international road race winning Tyco BMW team.
With this in mind, his interest about pure road racing, has peeked up considerably over the last few years.
Photo by Rod Neill
Speaking about the possibility, about making his roads bow, at Dundrod in August, he said:
“I’ve been contemplating road racing for quite a while now and every year it gets stronger and stronger. It just interests me.
The buzz you get from a circuit is immense so I can only imagine what it’s like to race on the roads. I guess that’s the first part of it, but I also think it’s still a more pure form of racing.
I’m really keen to do a comprehensive roads campaign, and all of the circuits to start with I think the Ulster would be the best compromise for me. It’s a mass start on an incredible circuit, and it doesn’t require the same level of homework as somewhere like the TT.
Of course though, I want to win a title at BSB so I have to consider whether doing other races like the Ulster is going to detract from that.
Hutchy, Hickman, Brookes, Rutter and Irwin are all having great seasons in both but so far none of those riders are winning at both. If that is even possible I don’t know but I guess that is the golden question.”
Adding how Tyco BMW, would prove an ideal team, for him to venture into the roads scene, he stated:
“With Tyco I would be in seriously good hands. Their pedigree on the roads is arguably even better than on short circuits so who better to go racing with.
We’ll have to wait and see though. I think if it was down to Hector it would be it would be a yes immediately and I’d be at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Philip is keener for me to focus on the short circuits, as Hutchy is their man for the roads. I can see the logic but who knows if I can twist an arm or two!”
Commenting on the possibility, of another prominent BSB competitor taking in the Ulster GP, Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston said:
“Christian is a really interesting rider. He’s a ten-times British Supermoto champion that successfully transitioned over to short circuits, and he’s ridden pretty much everything right up to World Superbikes.
My instincts are that he would be a very, very quick on the roads as well if he gets the chance, so hopefully we can make it happen.
With backing from the Tyco boys, there’s no reason why he couldn’t be one of our fastest ever newcomers, and he’d be a great character to have the paddock as well!”
Words by Stevie Rial