This year Christian Iddon makes his debut with Buildbase Suzuki, joining Danny Kent under Hawk Racing in their bid for the British Superbike Championship crown.
Christian is an experienced rider and joins the team with a long list of achievements including finishing third in the World Supermoto Championship and third in the British Superbike Championship.
As the son of a former racer, it’s no surprise that Christian had his first bike when he was just two years old and competed for the first time in a schoolboy motocross event on a PW50 at the age of six.
Three decades on and he’s no stranger to the British Superbike Championship (BSB). Christian has been competing in the championship since 2016, each year edging closer to taking the title. He picked up the pace last year with two victories and a fourth-place finish in the overall standings.
We caught up with Christian to hear about how he’s getting on with the team and his expectations for the 2022 season.
What attracted you to Buildbase Suzuki?
“I nearly signed up to the team a couple of years back, but the time wasn’t right and it just didn’t happen. This year things fell into place and it now feels like a natural home. I needed a seat and they needed a rider, so it’s a perfect match really.”
What were you doing before joining the team?
“I’ve been competing in the same championship, riding with Paul Bird Ducati for the last two seasons and came fourth mid championship last year.
“I led the championship at the start of the season, had a couple of wins and a pretty good year overall. It was a tough year as a whole though. It was difficult as it was impacted by the restrictions a little, making it a tight condensed championship. In some respects this was good as I enjoyed racing each weekend, but week-to-week it was hard to keep up the momentum.”
What have you been up to since joining Buildbase Suzuki?
“It’s been the normal pre-season testing schedule. We had a couple of days in Spain over the winter where I got to ride for the first time with the team. I did some laps on the Superstock bike to get accustomed to riding again.
“Back in the UK we did the BSB testing programme, but it was difficult as the weather wasn’t kind and only a few days out of the week were any good. We could have done with a bit longer, but I’ve been really enjoying getting to know the team, we’re well suited.
“Danny Kent is a world champion so it’s amazing to have someone of that calibre alongside you. We’ve also got a couple of riders on the Superstock grid, they’re good lads and I’ll take a keen interest in watching them.”
What are you looking forward to this season?
“Having a good year. I want to do the best I can, to learn and understand more together with the team. I’m also looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule, so it’s less condensed and hectic. It’ll be quite nice as we’ll have time to understand and assess between races.”
What’s your favourite track?
“I really enjoy Donington Park as it’s got a bit of everything. There are not many that I don’t enjoy. We’re pretty lucky in the UK as we’ve got some really interesting circuits.”
What are your ambitions for the 2022 season?
“The end goal has to be the same every year, it always has to be to try and win the championship. Of course everyone also just wants to have a good season overall and to achieve the best result possible.”
Find out where you can watch Buildbase Suzuki on the BSB Championship calendar
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