Christian Iddon

Christian Iddon

The 31 year old has been a relatively late starter to tarmac racing but has had an eclectic career across numerous two-wheeled disciplines.

As the son of former international racer Paul Iddon, Christian grew up surrounded by bikes in the European race paddocks. From the age of six, Christian competed in schoolboy motocross, switching to the hybrid discipline of supermoto at the age of 16.

Iddon was an immediate success in his new sport, which combines aspects of both motocross and road racing, quickly progressing to the European championship scene and bagging podium finishes in just his second season.

The following seasons saw Christian tear up the supermoto scene as he not only graduated to become a factory Aprilia rider in the world championships, but also complete degree in Health and Sport at Huddersfield University. He also scored four British supermoto titles between 2005 and 2009, by which time he was also dabbling in road racing.

In 2010, Christian made a full-time switch to road racing – jumping in at a high level for a season that included British superbikes and world supersport – but it was 2011 when he really arrived on the scene. Two years with the Oxford TAG Triumph British supersport team garnered a string of victories and lap records.

Two years on the world stage followed, firstly with the MV Agusta world supersport team (where he took his first world championship podium) before moving to world superbikes for a partial season with Bimota, who were unable to complete the season as too few production bikes were built to make the racer eligible to compete.

The season at Bimota also saw a one-off ride in the British superbike championship round at Assen, where he scored a pole position. That ride made Christian hot property in the British paddock, with the newly formed Bennetts Suzuki squad securing his signature for the 2015 campaign.

Christian’s year on the Suzuki was blighted by illness and injury, but the Derbyshire rider showed enough moments of brilliance to show that he will be a real contender in 2016. Handicapped by a broken leg sustained in round two, he nonetheless ended the year on a high with fourth places in the last two rounds to secure 10th place in the overall standings.

For 2016, Christian joins the joins the Northern Irish Tyco BMW squad, where he will compete aboard the latest S1000RR.

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