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Iddon eager to make his road debut at the Ulster GP

 

By Roy Harris

Now in his second year with the Moneymore based Tyco BMW Team, Christian Iddon has admitted he's keen to make the transition from short circuits to real road racing at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix come August.

The 32-year-old has competed in every branch of motorcycle sport from a World Supermoto contender to World Superbikes during his career, but so far has yet to make his pure road race debut.

"I've been contemplating road racing for quite a while now and the draw is getting stronger and stronger. It just interests me," said Iddon.

"The buzz you get from a circuit is immense, so I can only imagine what it's like to race on the open roads.

"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 and doesn't require the same level of homework as somewhere like the TT."

Christian's father Paul raced in British and European Championships, Grand Prix, the TT during the TT F1 years and has raced at Dundrod with a young Christian in tow.

Iddon is keeping his options open though. "Of course I want to win a title at British Superbike, so I have to consider whether doing other races like the Ulster is going to detract from that. Hutchinson, Brookes, Rutter, Hickman and Irwin are all having great seasons in both. Can I win on both?

"If that is even possible I don't know, but that is the golden question."

He couldn't be in a better outfit as the Hector and Philip Neill team are one of the most successful in the sport having enjoyed many great years at Dundrod with Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin and Bruce Anstey, but will they permit Iddon to participate at Dundrod?

"With Tyco BMW I would be in seriously good hands," said Iddon.

"Their pedigree is arguably even better than on short circuits. I think if it was down to Hector it would be a yes immediately and I'd be at the Ulster. Philip is keener for me to focus on the short circuits, as Hutchy is their roads man. I understand the logic, but who knows if I can twist an arm or two."

Clerk of the Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix Noel Johnston said: "Christian Is a really interesting rider, 10 times a British Supermoto Champion before switching successfully to short circuits riding in pretty much everything up to World Superbikes.

"My instincts are that he would be very, very quick on the roads if he gets the opportunity, and with the Tyco boys there is no reason he could not be one of our fastest ever newcomers. He would be a great character to have in the paddock at Dundrod."

Fans can buy tickets to attend the MCE UGP and Dundrod 150 now via Ticketmaster. Tickets will also be available to purchase on roads approaching Dundrod during Bike Week and in the race office situated at David Wood House in the paddock.

UGP Bike Week will run between 6-12th August, climaxing with the Ulster Grand Prix races around the fastest road race circuit in the world.

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