SUZUKA VIDEO: A tour of the Suzuka pit lane and team garage with Christian Iddon

A tour of the Suzuka pit lane and team garage with Christian Iddon

Posted by British Superbike Championship on Saturday, 29 July 2017

Courtesy of MCE British Superbike Championship 

Iddon undergoes ‘arm pump’ surgery

On the 2nd December Christian undertook arm pump surgery on both his arms in Herrentals, Belgium. The operation was undertaken by Dr Claes on the morning of the 2nd to relieve compartment syndrome commonly known as ‘arm pump’ within the racing fraternity.

Christian will now undergo a short period of recovery before being able to re-commence training in preparation for the 2017 BSB season.

R12 Brands Hatch GP

Tyco BMW rider Christian Iddon finished the 2016 BSB season back on the podium as the Championship came to a climax on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, in Kent.

The sun set on the 2016 British Superbike Championship at the weekend, and Iddon, from Stockport, enjoyed some great pace throughout the weekend, the highlight of which came in Race One, an incident packed affair that saw the former Super Moto Champion bring his BMW S1000RR home in second place.

Christian ran well throughout Free Practice, demonstrating his pace around the 2.4mile former Formula 1 British Grand Prix venue with second place on the grid, just seven-tenths of a second off Pole Position.

 Following the Race One podium, Iddon claimed Pole Position for Race Two, and ran well on a drying track, inside the top three for the majority of the Race. With two laps to go, it was bad luck that struck the former World Superbike rider, as an electrical fault scuppered his chances of a repeat podium, solace only to be taken from the fact that Christian had already nabbed a front row start for Race Three.

Notably, during Race Two, Shane Byrne [Ducati] claimed an unprecedented fifth BSB title, finishing just behind Championship rival Leon Haslam [Kawasaki].

Interrupted for a significant length of time due to James Rispoli’s Yamaha catching fire and dropping oil, Race Three ended up being a ten lap dash to the flag. Iddon stood firm in third for the most of the Race, and it was only Championship rivals Byrne and Haslam, who now had the pressure off, nicked places off him in the closing laps. Iddon claiming fifth place at the flag.

It was an awesome weekend and we had great pace in all conditions. The Tyco BMW S1000RR worked great and we made big steps in the wet, where we had previously been struggling. Yes it was a shame to lose a podium due to a faulty part, but sometimes that happens in racing. We haven’t finished anywhere near where I had planned in the overall standings this season, but we have shown how strong we can be. I’ve loved every minute working with the Tyco BMW team, so a big thank you to them all for an amazing year.
Christian Iddon #24

Christian finished the Championship in ninth place overall, of the thirty-plus riders to take place in the 2016 Series.

Event BSB R12

Practice 
Throughout practice I felt good with the whole bike in lots of conditions and the team worked brilliantly throughout the weekend.
Finished: 3rd

Superpole 
I actually really struggled in the first phase but we got through. I then did a good lap in Q2 to get through and in Q3 it was a crazy situation where it was getting wetter. I came in for wets but for some reason I ended up on an inter front and slick rear,. It seemed to work out pretty good though as I finished 2nd!
Finished: 2nd

Race 1 
Conditions were horrible for race 2. It started off dry and I led and was pulling a gap then it rained and was red flagged accordingly. The rack was so slippery and I was leading the way but was actually happy when a few riders came through. I got my confidence back up and it turned into a dogfight between myself and Hickman. We were like doing an episode of dancing on ice, He eventually got the better of me. It was a good race
Finished: 2nd

Race 2 
It was a damp ish race. The racing line was pretty good but a bit wet off it. I was feeling good and with a lap and a half to go I was in contention for the win but ended up with a technical fault and a certain podium went away.
Finished: DNF

Race 3
The final race was re-started again and again and eventually it was a 10 lap dogfight sprint. It was a crazy race at crazy speeds and I was strong apart from 2 corners and that hurt me. I did all I could
Finished: 5th

It’s been an amazing season. I didn’t end up as high as I had hoped and I didn’t make the showdown as I had hoped but it has genuinely been one of the most fun seasons I’ve ever had and I’m already looking forward to next season!

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R11 TT Circuit Assen

It wasn’t the weekend it promised to be for Christian Iddon, as the British Superbike Championship crossed the North Sea to Holland, for the Series’ annual visit to Assen Circuit.

Iddon started his visit to the Netherlands in great fashion, going second quickest in the opening Free Practice session of the weekend, backing it up in the second session by going quickest overall, and going faster than the Circuit’s lap record too.

Christian, from Stockport, backed up his pace in Free Practice Three with another second spot, but suffered a fall in Qualifying, holding him back to ninth place on the grid for Race One.

Suffering with a lack of grip in the opening Race around the World Superbike venue, Iddon dropped to twelfth on the opening lap. Iddon coped with the grip issues as best he could, and a great effort saw him crossed the line just ten seconds shy of Race winner, Leon Haslam [Kawasaki].

Starting sixteenth, Iddon had it all stacked against him, as he went out to prove the pace of his Tyco BMW with a hard earned ride to 8th place.

Grabbing two places on the opening lap, and with pace for a potential podium, Christian steadily climbed to eighth by half distance, which is where he would cross the line.

“It’s been a great” revealed Iddon. “Everything was great and the Team worked really well all weekend. We changed nothing for the first Race but unfortunately I had no grip from the very first lap and there was nothing I could do”.

“The bike was back to normal by Race Two, but starting from sixteenth it was always going to be a big ask.

I used too much tyre getting through the pack so struggled towards the end. Eighth isn’t bad from sixteenth but nowhere near where I had hoped to be after such a strong build up
Christian Iddon #24

Iddon is back in action in a fortnights time at Brands Hatch in Kent, for the finale of the 2016 season, on the 15th – 16th October.

Event BSB R11

Practice 
From the first session I felt really good on the bike and with the track. I was 2nd, 1st and 2nd in the free practice sessions and topped the overall with a new lap record too!
Finished: 1st

Superpole 
I got through to the final session but made a silly mistake and lost the front. It put me at the back of Q3 but I was happy enough as I knew I had the pace to run with them.
Finished: 9th

Race 1 
From the very start of the race I just had absolutely zero rear grip. We changed nothing at all on the bike but I could do nothing at all. The rear was trying to come around on me on the way into and out of the turns and it was just super frustrating. I was struggling to get into the 37 second time bracket which had been easy all weekend.
Finished: 12th

Race 2 
The problem in race 1 put me way back to 16th on the grid for race 2. The damp in the air played into my favour as I was less cautious than many of those around me at the start of the race and I was able to move forward but hat hurt me was once again not being strong enough on the brakes. I had the second fastest time but just couldn’t put it to the use I needed to. A big shame.
Finished: 8th

After all that great work all weekend things could not have been more frustrating come race day. Fingers crossed we get the results we deserve at Brands Hatch

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R10 Donington Park

Christian Iddon found himself back on the podium at Donington Park as the British Superbike Championship visited Donington Park in Leicestershire, with third place in the second of two races at the former British Grand Prix venue.

Christian Iddon found himself back on the podium at Donington Park as the British Superbike Championship visited Donington Park in Leicestershire, with third place in the second of two races at the former British Grand Prix venue.

 Iddon, from Stockport, set the pace throughout the opening day of Free Practice, topping the times in the first two sessions on Friday, and in contrasting conditions as the wet morning gave way to afternoon sunshine.

 Qualifying fifth on the grid, Iddon started Race One well, climbing to fourth on the opening lap, and confident he had the pace for a podium spot. But a mistake on lap nine running deep in to the final bend dropped him back five places, leaving the podium a tough ask in the grid of fiercely competitive riders, that had seen the top eighteen riders within a second of each other during Qualifying.

 Christian was able to claw back a place by the flag, leaving him in eighth, and sitting in sixth on the grid for Race Two.

 The former Super Moto Champion grabbed a place on the opening tour of Race Two, and by lap thirteen, he’d grabbed two more spots, leaving him to cling on to the final podium spot behind Championship protagonists Shane Byrne [Ducati] and Dan Linfoot [Honda], Byrne taking his second win of the day.

 Iddon left Donington in much more buoyant mood than seven days ago [having dropped out of the title showdown at Oulton Park], and the Tyco BMW rider believes he, and the Team, are back where they belong.

It’s been a positive weekend, we were strong from the outset, and had good pace all weekend long. If I hadn’t made a mistake in Race One it could’ve been two podiums this afternoon. It’s great to be back on the box. It’s where we should be. Assen is a similar track, so we’ll look to carry similar for over there and end the season well.
Christian Iddon #24

Of the new Superpole Qualifying format, where the top nine have a one lap shoot out to decide their order for Race One, Christian admitted he likes the challenge, “I’m enjoying the new format. It puts a lot of pressure on one lap, but that’s what we’re here to do”.

The British Superbike Championship now heads to the Netherlands, as the Series visits Circuit Assen on the 30th Sept – 2nd October for the penultimate round of 2016.

Event BSB R10

Practice 
 For the first time in a while I really had the pace from the outset and I had a good feeling with the bike. That meant that together with the team we could really work through. I was fastest on the first day in both sessions and they were both in different conditions so I was feeling really good.
Finished: 3rd

Superpole 
It was nice to get through to the final Superpole session. I felt good but the last sector was really hurting me and that was no exception in the superpole. I was really fast until the last turn.
Finished: 8th

Race 1 
I got a good start and made my way up to 3rd at one point and although I did  not have the outright pace to start with I actually got into a good rhythm. I was trying really hard in the last sector as that is where I had been weak but in the end it cost me as I ran on and went on the grass. I dropped back and did my best to pull back through. Pace was great but I just couldn’t get through the group how I had hoped.
Finished: 8th

Race 2 
I didn’t get as good of a start as I had done in the first race but I managed to get my way through quite well on the first laps. I got again into a good rhythm and I felt really good. I just didn’t quite have the pace for those out ahead but I was able to run my pace and run my race for the entire 20 laps and in the end we made it back onto the podium. I was mega happy to be back on the podium where I think we belong!
Finished: 3rd

Big thank you to TYCO BMW for all their hard work. Now I’m just looking forward to a strong end to the season to show what we are capable of!

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R09 Oulton Park

Christian Iddon’s ‘home’ round of the British Superbike Championship saw his Championship hopes evaporate as the Stockport rider didn’t manage to muster up enough points to get in to the top six as the Series enters it’s ‘Showdown’ phase, where the top half-dozen riders fight for overall honours.

Iddon had ridden strongly throughout Free Practice, saving his best ’til last in FP3, setting the fastest time of all aboard his Tyco BMW S1000RR, in drying conditions around the Cheshire parkland track’s International circuit.

The former Super Moto Champion’s Free Practice pace didn’t translate in to Qualifying, however, Christian missing the cut to progress through to Q3 by just two-tenths of a second, on the incredibly competitive BSB grid, and having to settle for 13th place, of the thirty riders competing.

It was all or nothing for Iddon, having gone on the record admitting he had ‘nothing to lose, and everything to gain’. Christian gave it everything he had to try and chip away at the points needed to get himself back in the Showdown.

But it wasn’t to be, Race One was to end sooner than hoped, taking a tumble on lap seven of eighteen. “I just lost the front [on the entry to the Britten’s Chicane]” explained Christian. “It was a massive shame, as we were looking good, I was comfortable on the bike and we had the pace for a podium”.

As a result of his good pace, Iddon would line up 8th for Race Two, but all but mathematically out of the Showdown running. After straight-lining the chicane on the opening lap, Christian would complete lap one in twentieth place, but despite hitting neutral on the exit of Druids bend and losing a couple more places, he would claw back nine places to finish 11th overall.

The final Race of the weekend left Iddon feeling much more positive, setting fastest lap and claiming ninth place from thirteenth on the grid. “It [Race 3] went well, I honestly felt at one point that we had the pace to win it. I had a bit of a technical problem during the Safety Car period that made the second half of the Race a bit difficult. But fastest lap showed we were heading in the right direction.

“We’ve made progress with the bike this weekend” summarised Iddon, “now we need to refine it”.

Speaking about the final three rounds, outside of the Showdown riders:

We need to refocus now, It’s all about getting the results that we know the bike is capable of. Aiming to get back on the podium – which we should have the pace to do
Christian Iddon #24

Iddon is next in action this coming weekend, 16-17 September, as the BSB Championship rumbles in to Donington Park, in Leicestershire.

Event BSB R09

Practice 
Free practice had all gone well. I felt quite happy with the bike and I was ready for the weekend.
Finished: 9th

Superpole 
 I got through Superpole 1 again and I felt good in Superpole 2. I did my best ever lap of Oulton but such is the pace at the moment that I was a long way down the field.
Finished: 13th

Race 1 
I got  fairly decent start and progressed through the pack a little and was actually feeling really good. I got on the back of a group with ended up the fight for the podium but I made a totally unforced error and lost the front at the chicane and went down. I don’t know what happened to be honest but the deed was done.
Finished: DNF

Race 2 
I was 8th on the grid for the second race so I was excited but we had changed some quite radical things on the bike ready for the day ahead and I knew I had a little to learn with the bike. I made a mistake on the first lap and dropped outside the top 20 and had to gradually peg my way forwards. I did what I could.
Finished: 11th

Race 3
I got a good start and pushed my way through and felt great to be honest. I set the fastest lap of the race and then the safety car came out and I realised I had a slight technical issue that hampered me in the later stages of the race and I went from thinking I could win to struggling just to maintain a pace. It was a shame but I feel like we made good progress with the bike so I am looking forward to the next round!
Finished: 9th

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R08 Cadwell Park

Ever positive Christian Iddon declared he has ‘nothing to lose, and everything to gain’ as the Stockport rider left Cadwell Park, in Lincolnshire, with no points to add to his British Superbike title challenge. In fact, the Tyco BMW rider now lies twenty points off the BSB Series ‘Showdown’ with just the three Races at Oulton Park separating him from a chance of pushing for the overall Championship.

Free Practice had gone smoothly for Iddon and the Tyco BMW Team, improving the bike throughout the three sessions at the parkland track, finishing within a second, on combined times, off the quickest time of multiple BSB Champion, Shane Byrne.

Q1 passed without a hitch, but in to Q2 and Christian suffered a big crash at turn one, Coppice, having completed just two laps. It left the former Supermoto Champion in thirteenth and with no opportunity to improve in to Q3.

Race One saw Iddon back in the wars, a good start saw Christian climb as high as tenth, but with three laps remaining a tangle with riders ahead left him off his bike once again.

“I got a decent start” explained Iddon, “I’d struggled to run a ‘fast’ pace, but by mid race I’d clawed back to the group ahead. The bike felt strong. 

“There was a bit of melee at the chicane, after Luke Mossey [Kawasaki] missed a gear, both Richard Cooper [BMW] and I both clipped him, but unbeknown to me Richard had a problem with his brake lever, as he tried to adjust it following the next corner, he didn’t accelerate where he would normally, and as I accelerated I clipped the back of him, leaving me off the bike again”.

Race Three saw a little déjà vu, Christian this time climbed to eighth, on the back of a group fighting for fourth, but it was another moment with Richard Cooper that would seal Iddon’s destiny. An attempt to pass Cooper on the penultimate lap resulted in the pair of them going down, and Iddon was to leave Cadwell with two DNF’s.

“Because we didn’t have the outright pace I knew if I could hang on to the lead group I’d have a chance later in the Race” Iddon revealed.

“I was hampered by a Safety Car period early on, but climbed as high as eighth. It was tough to make the most of the pace I had, as I was quicker on the parts of the track that were more difficult to pass.

I was very much looking forward to Cadwell, we’d tested at Kirkistown and had the bike how I wanted it. We’ve nothing to lose now, and everything to gain…
Christian Iddon #24

The BSB Series moves on to Iddon’s home circuit of Oulton Park now for a ‘triple-header’ of races around the Cheshire track on the 9-11 September.

Event BSB R08

Practice 
We had had a fairly good run up to the qualifying period. We were making stead progress with the bike but there was a few key areas I was struggling with so the team as always were working hard.
Finished: 9th

Superpole 
I got through Superpole 1 quite nicely and then got a decent first lap out of Q2.but then lost the front at the start of my second flying lap and destroyed the bike. It left me just with the time form the first lap and that left me down in 13th. Worse than that it left the guys with a brand new bike to build.
Finished: 13th

Race 1 
I got a half decent start but then I struggled to go with the group ahead. I just didn’t have the pace on a new tyre but as the race went on tI was able to maintain my pace and the group came back towards me and with 3 laps to go I was back in the group and feeling good. It all went wrong though when Mossey missed a gear. Cooper brushed past him one side and I did the other side. We were so lucky to get away with it but it had bent Coopers brake. I didn’t realise of course and he went to move it at the next corner and because he didn’t set off where I expected I hit him and it hit my brake and I went down at the bottom of the mountain and that was the end of that.
Finished: DNF

Race 2 
I knew I had to get a good start and stay strong at the beginning of the race to be in there at the end. The safety car came out and that hurt me a little because I didn’t want to lose laps at the end where I was strong on the old tyre. I managed to stay in the group and things were looking good but as the race came to me I was still unable to make a move as I was fast in the wrong places. In the end I let the frustration get the better of me and I tried to make a move on Cooper going into the hairpin but it didn’t work out and I took us both out.
Finished: DNF

It was a disastrous weekend for us championship side of things but we have 3 races left and 20 points to 6th. It is possible!

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R07 Brands Hatch GP

Christian Iddon claimed a pair of top ten results in the British Superbike Championship as the Tyco BMW rider was left struggling  for the last bit of pace required to fight with the lead pack around the 2.4mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Inside the top ten throughout the Championship’s three Free Practice sessions, Iddon, from Stockport, was left back in thirteenth place in Qualifying, despite being just six-tenths of a second off the Pole lap of Luke Mossey [Kawasaki].

Morning Warm-Up on Sunday again demonstrated the closeness of the BSB grid. Iddon sat in fifteenth position, the times telling another story, as he was just nine-tenths of a second off the fastest time of Tommy Bridewell [Suzuki]. Evidence, if it were needed, of how competitive the British Series is.

Race One around the Kent venue was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Iddon, eventually grabbing ninth place at the flag, and claiming seventh place on the grid for the second and final Race of the weekend.

Christian was up to sixth after lap one, dropping back to seventh a lap later, and looked to have settled as Race Two progressed, but a mistake on lap ten, entering Surtees bend, saw the former Supermoto Champ drop to tenth place and continue there to the flag, despite every effort to claw back a place off James Ellison, the Kawasaki rider beating Iddon to the flag by just a tenth of a second.

Iddon drops to ninth place in the overall standings, but sits just five points off the Showdown standings, and just seventeen points off teammate Michael Laverty in fourth spot – with twenty-five points on offer for a win it’s all to play for.

“Mega frustrating weekend, always just off the pace” explained Iddon, “I’m talking a tenth and a half, and that’s all we needed.

I don’t think I’ve ever ridden that hard for ninth and tenth place ever in my life. There’s obviously something we’re missing at the moment. Which is hard to take.  Positives … I know that I couldn’t have given any more and I know the Team couldn’t. It’s mega close [the Championship] I’m confident we’re going to find some solutions. We’ve got some tests coming up between now and Cadwell Park. It’s been a frustrating weekend but nothing we can’t handle.
Christian Iddon #24

The BSB Championship now moves on to Cadwell Park, in Lincolnshire, for Round 8 on the 27-29 August.

Event BSB R07

Practice 
We had been reasonably fast throughout all of the free practice sessions and I was feeling quite good apart from just chasing a lot of front end feel.
Finished: 9th

Superpole 
Q1 we progressed fine and also tried a few different things with the bike. Q2 was incredibly close but I just didn’t do enough to progress through!
Finished: 13th

Race 1 
It was basically just a frustrating race for me. Very early on I struggled with the front tyre and I had to take a few laps to work out a way to ride the bike differently. By the time I had done I had lost a few positions but from then on I was able to maintain quite a strong pace for the duration of the race. It was certainly not the race we wanted but everyone close to me in the championship was also close to me on the racetrack so that helped things a little.
Finished: 9th

Race 2 
We opted for the SC2 front tyre for the second race and it seemed to be the better option for me. I had a great start from my upped grid position of 7th and I was holding quite strong. The pace felt quite slow to start with but then it was upped a little and I was just struggling off the back of the group. I lost the front on the run onto the back straight and nearly crashed which lost me 3 positions. I tried desperately to get them back but I got completely stuck behind Dan Linfoot for the whole second half of the race and it cost me the chance to fight in the next group ahead. It was an incredibly frustrating race.
Finished: 10th

The whole weekend was just difficult. It is clear at the moment we are just missing something but quite what that is we are not sure. On the positive side of things, we are only 5 points away from a showdown position so we will keep on fighting hard!

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R06 Thruxton

Christian Iddon’s rollercoaster of a season continued, as a “rubbish” weekend at Thruxton left the British Superbike rider with work to do as he drops out of the ‘Showdown’ ahead of the next round of the Series at Brands Hatch, in Kent.

Iddon started the weekend well, finishing the first Free Practice session of the weekend in second place behind the Ducati of multiple BSB Champion, Shane Byrne. But tyre wear around the notoriously abrasive Hampshire track was a notable concern for Iddon and his Tyco BMW team.

As they looked for a solution Christian, from Stockport, tumbled down the time sheets, during the subsequent Free Practice sessions. With the same form translating in to Qualifying, Iddon placed himself fourteenth on the grid, with teammate Laverty up in fifth – an uphill battle lay ahead.

A red flag in Race 1 brought the bikes back for a restart, following a mechanical failure to Stuart Easton’s Yamaha, and as the riders formed on the grid, with rain clouds looming, the ‘delayed start’ board was shown.

Eventually play got back underway, over a reduced distance, but Iddon, who had run as high as thirteenth, fell back to finish twenty-first through severe tyre degradation –his lowest finish of the season.

The ‘start delayed’ boards were once again in use at the start of Race2, with rain on the horizon, but it was to no avail, Iddon started P18 and climbed up the order as high as a respectable tenth position. But with tyre wear rearing its ugly head once more, the former Supermoto Champion slipped back down the order, finishing thirteenth at the flag.

“Rubbish weekend” remarked a disappointed Iddon, “I was so looking forward to Thruxton, I love the place”.

“We started off the weekend well” explained Christian, “we tried out the harder tyre [as] we were a little cautious about tyre wear, so we persevered with it. Qualifying was distinctly average, then the hard tyre was horrendous in Race 1, I thought that the Race was going to come to me actually the opposite happened and my degradation seemed to be worse.”

“Race two, and as [teammate] Michael had finished second in the first Race on the Zero [soft] we went for it too, and although it was way better, when it did drop it was almost un-ride able”.

“This isn’t through the lack of trying, the team are doing a fantastic job, doing everything they can for me. Huge congratulations to Michael, putting the Tyco BMW where it should be [at the front]”.

We’re going to regroup, gutted we’ve dropped out of the Showdown, can’t let our heads drop, because that’s not what it’s all about. We’re going to work out what went wrong and work out how to make it right.
Christian Iddon #24

Christian now lies in 7th place in the overall Championship standings as the BSB Series moves on to Brands Hatch in Kent next on the 5-7th August

Event BSB R06

Practice 
First day went well. I was 2nd and 6th in the time sheets. On the second day we went for the hard tyre to try to see if we could run it. I didn’t like it but that was the way we worked it and we tried again a dew more times.
Finished: 13th

Superpole 
I got through the first session no problem and felt quite good during the second one but it just wasn’t anywhere near enough. I did not have the pace required.
Finished: 14th

Race 1 
We used the hard tyre for the first race and mid race it looked good. The race was red flagged and then re-started so it brought me back to the group ahead and I had the hard tyre so I thought it was looking good. Unfortunately the opposite happened and my tyre went off terribly and I dropped back. It was embarrassing!
Finished: 21st

Race 2
We changed set up and went for the soft tyre. From 14th I got up to 9th at one point but then once again my tyre dropped off terribly and I dropped nearly 6 seconds per lap. It was a disaster.
Finished: 13th

We had an awful weekend. I don’t really know how to put into words how upset I was with the way it went. We had pace but got the weekend wrong. We have now dropped out of the top 6 and that has to change!

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