Tyco BMW has revealed its 2016 MCE British Superbike rider line-up with Michael Laverty remaining with the squad and is set to be joined by Christian Iddon.
The former World Supermoto championship challenger has agreed to switch to Hector Neill's TAS Racing squad after a breakthrough campaign with Bennetts Suzuki in 2015, as Tommy Bridewell moves in the opposite direction for next season.
Former MotoGP rider Laverty will remain with Tyco BMW for a second consecutive season after enjoying a successful end to the year by taking victory in the last race of the campaign.
11-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson will lead Tyco BMW on the road racing scene and in the National Superstock 1000 series, while Guy Martin's 2016 schedule is yet to be finalised.
Iddon, who ended 2015 inside the top ten in BSB, says he is thrilled join Tyco BMW and is relishing the prospect of getting to grips with the factory-supported BMW S1000RR.
“I'm mega excited to be joining the Tyco BMW team, who for me have so much experience and kudos in the BSB paddock,” Iddon said. “To be the only team to get both riders in the top six Showdown this season also proves their level of commitment to both sides of the garage.
“I'm excited to be working alongside Michael Laverty and to be linked with BMW in their official team is also a big plus for me. I've seen how good the Tyco BMW guys are from the outside, so I can't wait to get started as part of their team.”
Laverty is confident he can pick up his impressive late-season form in 2016, which saw the Northern Irish rider rise to fourth in final the BSB championship standings, and has hinted at a range of new parts the team will begin work on during winter testing.
“I am delighted to be back onboard the Tyco BMW for the 2016 season,” Laverty said. “The continuity of same bike and team is something I'm really excited about, given the terrific progress we made towards the latter part of this season. We went out with a win in the final race of 2015 in BSB and that signals our intention going into the New Year.
“The TAS team has some interesting developments planned for the Tyco BMW S1000RR this winter, so taking into consideration that we finished the season with a winning motorcycle, a winter of fine tuning is an intriguing prospect.”