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THROT­TLE JOCKEY FOR TYCO BMW IN THE MCE IN­SUR­ANCE BRI­TISH SU­PER­BIKES CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

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For­mer Bri­tish Su­per­moto and Mo­tocross champ turned road racer Chris­tian Iddon gives us the low­down on life as a Bri­tish Superbike rider. When he’s not busy get­ting five stars on TripAd­vi­sor, or spend­ing four bil­lion hours a day in the gym, of course… A lit­tle bit of graft never hurt any­one.

Fun­nily enough even though BMW do look af­ter me I still en­joy go­ing to work, and reg­u­larly do five day weeks as a builder. I know it might sound crazy but I can’t stand do­ing noth­ing, and as I’m get­ting old I thought it was bet­ter to pre­pare for the fu­ture early!

It hasn’t been a bad ca­reer so far…

Even though I’ve ended up in Bri­tish Su­per­bikes, my ca­reer started at the ten­der age of six, in the old school­boy mo­tocross cham­pi­onships. Be­sides the odd bro­ken wrists and legs, I be­come a Mo­tocross cham­pion, be­fore jump­ing over to Su­per­moto and win­ning a grand to­tal of nine Bri­tish Su­per­moto ti­tles, while rid­ing for Hus­aberg, KTM and even Aprilia; now that’s mak­ing me feel old!

In at the deep end

Af­ter that it was time to make the tran­si­tion into road racing prop­erly, where I jumped straight on the SMT Superbike and ended up jump­ing from cham­pi­onship to cham­pi­onship be­fore com­mit­ting to the Ox­ford TAG Tri­umph team back in 2011. Af­ter some time ad­just­ing it all came good, and things spi­ralled from there…

Who knows what the fu­ture holds?

I’m not a ma­gi­cian! All I know is that I want to win a cham­pi­onship within a third dis­ci­pline, and I’m go­ing to be do­ing ev­ery­thing in my power to make that hap­pen. I’d never give it less than 100% and I’m cer­tainly not giv­ing up yet!

The chances of go­ing to World Superbike are slim…

I thor­oughly en­joyed be­ing in the World pad­dock, racing in Su­per­sport for a year with the fac­tory MV Agusta team be­fore mov­ing into Su­per­bikes on board the Bi­mota BB3, even though due to ho­molo­ga­tion we couldn’t ac­tu­ally score any points. It was still a good sea­son though, and we even cracked a wild­card in BSB where I put my­self on pole at Assen!

BSB is an un­be­liev­able cham­pi­onship to race in…

The rules are ab­so­lutely spot on when you look at the re­sults and the at­mos­phere is un­real, which re­ally makes things spe­cial for us rid­ers. The only prob­lem with Bri­tish Su­per­bikes is there’s no way you can be a World Cham­pion in there!

But it can also be cut-throat...

Many rid­ers have strug­gled to get to grips with BSB, and it’s purely be­cause of the close ma­chin­ery and the depth of field. I mean, at Thrux­ton I’m pretty sure the dif­fer­ence in time for the field was about a sec­ond – you don’t get that any­where else in the world. When Gi­ugliano first came into the se­ries he’d prob­a­bly never even heard of me, yet he never went quicker than me any­time we both jumped on the bike. BSB is hard work!

You’ve got to be fully com­mit­ted.

At the end of the day, it’s not like a game of ten­nis where it’s all up to you, as there’s so many vari­ables; but if I wasn’t putting in 100% I don’t think I could live with my­self. I don’t have a girl­friend or any­thing as I just see it as a dis­trac­tion at this point in my ca­reer, and I make sure I’m train­ing my ass off to be the best I can. At the mo­ment I’m do­ing at least 11km ev­ery morn­ing be­fore work, fol­lowed by gym in the evening.

I run Airbnbs along­side racing 200mph Su­per­bikes…

Va­ri­ety is the spice of life af­ter all! Although I put ev­ery­thing into be­ing the best racer it’s al­ways worth hav­ing other ven­tures, which means I now have three places I’m run­ning on the side for a bit of fun. I’ve even got five stars on TripAd­vi­sor! If any of you folk need a place to stay, you know where it’s at…

Iddon’s shown he’s got what it takes against the big boys at BSB. High jump’s prob­a­bly not his forte.

Work hard, ride harder.

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