Tyco BMW has unveiled its 2017 MCE British Superbike championship rider line-up with former World Superbike star Davide Giugliano joining alongside the retained Christian Iddon.
After being edged out of the factory Ducati squad in World Superbikes in favour of Marco Melandri, Giugliano has formed a new partnership with Hector Neill's TAS Racing squad ahead of his debut in BSB.
Giugliano is also preparing for his maiden campaign on BMW machinery as he hopes to lead Tyco BMW's charge to the front after the team missed out on the BSB Showdown last year. The Italian rider is determined to demonstrate his pace immediately with an all-new set-up of a new team, new bike and new championship.
“I'm very happy to be joining the Tyco BMW team for my first season in the British Superbike Championship,” Giugliano said. “I have ridden on some of the British circuits already during my time in World Superbike, and will look forward to testing and racing on the others next year.
"British Superbike is a very popular championship with big crowds and I know the British public is passionate about their racing; a bit like the Italian supporters, so I'm hoping to gain many fans with Tyco BMW next season. I know having raced against the BMW S1000RR it is a strong package with a lot of potential, so I'm looking forward to getting started and showing what we can do in BSB.”
Having impressed over his first season with the Northern Irish squad, claiming six rostrum results, Iddon will return to the Tyco BMW fold for 2016 and is relishing the chance to build upon the foundations set from this year.
“I'm obviously happy to be back with Tyco BMW next year and I want to do a full season of what we showed flashes of this year,” Iddon said. “We have shown what we are capable of with the pace we had at the start of the season and we also had a good end to the year too but we have to be aiming for that consistently.
“We have made a few little steps forward with a test after the season and I feel that we have a good direction for when we start testing again. The target is to win the championship, but first we need to try and get into the Showdown. We know it isn't going to be easy but continuity and consistency is key and we are looking forward to getting started.”
Having retained Tyco as title sponsors plus Iddon for a second season, team manager Phillip Neill sees Giugliano as an ideal addition and is confident of the challenge ahead on the 2017 grid.
“To retain Christian for a second season is an ideal scenario. He showed flashes of brilliance on numerous occasions this year and only some mid season problems affected his overall championship position,” Neill said. “We believe in Christian's ability and fully expect him to be a championship contender next year, during his second term riding a Tyco BMW S1000RR.
“I don't know Davide yet on a personal level but as world number 7 it's clear he is a very talented motorcycle rider and we would like to welcome him to Tyco BMW and to BSB for 2017.
We do have some work with new tracks to learn and of course we need to ensure Davide feels comfortable on the S1000RR as soon as possible. However, there is huge buzz of excitement throughout the team and from our sponsors, so we simply cannot wait to start this new chapter in TAS Racing history.”