R05 Snetterton

Event BSB R05

I had managed to knock the end of my finger off at work just a few days prior to the Snetterton race so things were looking difficult from the outset. I was fast in both damp sessions and 13th in the dry so all in all I was quite content.
Finished: 13th

We had a clutch issue at the beginning of Supepole 1 and it meant I didn’t get many laps in. I was struggling a little to get in a groove too but thankfully we made it through and then I was able to step it up a bit in Superpole 2 and we got through to the 1 rider shootout. I enjoyed the track to myself. It wasn’t a great lap and as possibly too cautious but it was enjoyable.
Finished: 8th

Race 1 
Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong! I got a good start and then got sideswiped at turn 2. I have no idea how I stayed on but thankfully I did and got back on track in last place.  I got a few laps under my belt but the collision had bent my clutch lever and I twice ran off track with neutrals. I bent it back and then a rip in my boot due to the collision caused my left boot to open up and I had to pull over and do it up as it was impossible to ride. I carried on in the hope it might rain and we would get a red flag and a re-start but it wasn’t to be.
Finished: 19th

Race 2
I was 14th on the grid for race 2 but I had a great first lap. A couple of the guys with the softer tyre got through after but as they laps wore on I felt better and better and pegged them back and then was able to make a move. I was closing in on the next group when the red flags shortened the race and I had to settle.
Finished: 6th

It was such a shame we lost out on valuable points in race 1. Despite coming back on track last there was still a good finish on the cards should it not have cause so many other issues. Race 2 was much better and we can go away confident in the run to Thruxton.

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R04 Knockhill

It was another tough weekend for MCE Insurance British Superbike rider Christian Iddon, as the Series went ‘North of the border’ to Knockhill in Scotland.

Iddon, from Stockport, had progressed well in the build up to Race day at the Dunfermline track, topping the times in Free Practice Three, but it was a fall in Qualifying that left him on the back foot, as he missed the cut for Qualifying Three, leaving him 15th of the thirty-one riders.  

In Race One Iddon honestly confirmed he didn’t ride well, bringing his Tyco BMW home in 14th place. “The crash in Qualifying set me back, a silly mistake whilst the track was getting better meant we didn’t make Q3, then in Race One I didn’t have the feel I wanted and simply didn’t ride well”.  

Leon Haslam [Kawasaki] went on to win the Race.

Race Two went better for Iddon, despite the wet conditions the former Supermoto Champion climbed as high as 8th before suffering with a steamed up visor, crossing the line in 10th at the flag, although looking like challenging for higher positions. The Race eventually won by Shane Byrne [Ducati].

I soon got up to eighth, I felt good, and was pushing to challenge the group ahead when I had a problem with my visor steaming up.  It’s been another frustrating weekend, we’ve been ‘missing something’ since Brands Hatch. We just have to regroup now as we head to Snetterton.  Honestly, Snetterton isn’t one of my favourite tracks, though having said that, neither is Silverstone and we took two podiums there earlier this season”.

Christian Iddon #24

Iddon still lies in third place in the BSB Championship, behind Haslam and Byrne, as the Series now moves on to Snetterton in Norfolk on the 8th – 10th July.

Event BSB R04

I had struggled a little with consistent pace during the practice sessions but I was always inside the top 8 and then in the final practice in mixed conditions I was able to put it in P1 which was a good confidence booster going into Superpole.
Finished: 8th

I got a nice clean run through SP1 and then the rain came down. I was actually pretty happy about that and then I knew the track would improve so I was just waiting for the track to get better but as I was rolling around I managed to tuck the front and go down and that was the end of my session. A terrible result considering I felt I could have got a possible pole.
Finished: 15th

Race 1
I never had the pace at all during race 1 in the dry. I had a little brake fade during the first part and I adjusted the brake which gave me some arm pump and I basically just struggled all race. My worst performance of the year!
Finished: 14th

Race 2
It rained for race 2 and I was actually looking forward to it as I knew we had more pace. The beginning of the race went well and I went from 15th to 8th but then my visor steamed up and I couldn’t see the track in front of me. I started to lose lots of time and then 2 additional places.
Finished: 10th

Knockhill has always been good to me but not this time. We had the pace in the right conditions but just not all the time.  We now need to regroup and move on!

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R03 Brands Hatch Indy

VITAL POINTS FOR IDDON AT BRANDS – It was a weekend of consolidation for erstwhile Championship leader, Christian Iddon, at Brands Hatch in Kent. The Tyco BMW rider forced to settle for points whilst struggling to get the bike set up to his liking.

Iddon, from Stockport, headed the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as the Series headed to ‘The garden of England’ for rounds 5&6 of the 2016 season, around Brands Hatch’s shorter ‘Indy’ layout.

The ultra-competitive nature of BSB meant that more than twenty riders were regularly lapping the 1.2mile track within a second of each other throughout Free Practice and Qualifying.

Christian was struggling to get a setup, and get to grips with the handling of his Tyco BMW, the result of this being a fall on Friday, finding himself sat on the grass on the exit of Graham Hill bend when he lost the front end during Free Practice.

Qualifying a disappointing 11th place, Iddon took solace from the fact that he had been merely three-hundredths of a second off going through to Superpole, where the top nine riders fight it out for Pole Position.

Race One saw Christian pass the chequered flag where he started, in 11th place. While Race Two he claimed 7th spot from 13th on the grid, with some last minute changes helping Iddon’s handling issues.

“It’s been a difficult one” explained Iddon, “definitely the most difficult weekend of the season so far.

“I’ve basically been chasing ‘front-end feeling’ all weekend. I went down on the front on Friday afternoon [in Free Practice], so I was on the limit of where we were at and the way I was riding the bike.

“We made a big change for Race One, which was a big risk, it was a step forward but still just off where I needed to be. We then made two more changes before Race Two, which absolutely transformed the bike.

I’m actually going home feeling really positive, obviously we’ve got no trophies, 11th and 7th isn’t what we’ve come to expect, but were still 3rd in the Championship, the second Race I had the second fastest lap [on ideal], so it shows that once we get the bike back to how I feel I can ride it, we’ve got the pace.  Two points scoring finishes and we’ve just got to look forward to the next round now at Knockhill
Christian Iddon #24

Iddon now sits third in the Championship, behind the Kawasaki of Leon Haslam, and the Shane Byrne’s Ducati, just seven points off the top, as they head next to Knockhill in Scotland on the 24-26th June.

Event BSB R03

 From the very first session I had struggled with getting any feeling from the front end of the bike and that resulted in my first crash of the season in FP2 as I went down at bottom bend. It was tough but the team were working as hard as they could.
Finished: 7th

I still wasn’t feeling it too much. We made it through stage one quite easily but I missed out on the final qualifying run for the first time this year by a measly 3 hundredths of a second!
Finished: 11th

Race 1
I got an alright start but certainly nothing spectacular and basically I was just doing the best I could for all of the race but I never ever felt I had the pace. I was pushing hard and nearly crashing but still losing out to some of the guys ahead of me. Certainly not the race I was after.
Finished: 11th

Race 2
We changed a couple of things very late on before the second race and from the go I knew it was a totally different bike I had underneath me. I was able to improve my pace by a couple of tenths a lap on average which is a massive difference on the Indy circuit. Making my way up to 6th I unfortunately lost a place to O’Halloran with 2 laps remaining but I had done all I could and it was a nice strong finish to a tough weekend.
Finished: 7th

This really was the most difficult weekend of the season so far. Pretty much from the off I was struggling with getting any feeling with the bike but the team worked very hard to give me what I was looking for and for the second race we started to get what we were after. I’m excited for the rest of the season

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R02 Oulton Park

Stockport MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship rider Christian Iddon, took top spot at his ‘home’ rounds of the 2016 Series, at Oulton Park in Cheshire, following another brace of podiums for the Tyco BMW pilot.

Iddon grabbed a place on the second row of the grid, 5th place for first of the Series’ double-header at the leafy parkland venue, describing himself as ‘…really happy to be disappointed…’ illustrating the step forward the former Super Moto Champion has made since joining Tyco BMW at the start of 2016. 

Mixed conditions welcomed the BSB on raceday, and a downpour shortly before Race One saw the track very wet, and drying as the Race wore on. Running fifth for a large proportion of the Race, Christian climbed to third, and nicked second in the closing stages, as Honda’s Dan Linfoot took a tumble at the Hislops chicane with just a lap to go. Iddon chased the JG Speedfit Kawasaki of Leon Haslam home, sealing his third successive podium in succession, just a tenth of a second behind the Race winner. 

The weather was insistent it would play it’s part in proceedings, and with just minutes to go until the start of Race Two, yet another downpour hit the Cheshire track, with Teams making last minute tyre choices as riders formed on the grid. 

Iddon, starting 4th, climbed to second early on and set about chasing down race leader Richard Cooper [Buildbase BMW], who had already pulled away from the rest of the field. And it was in the closing stages that the pair would exchange places, a last gasp effort into the last corner [Lodge] left Christian running wide, Cooper nipped back to take the win, Iddon securing his fourth podium on the bounce, and the lead of the Championship.

Another mega weekend on the Tyco BMW, we ended up with a couple of seconds, it could easily have been a couple of wins, but then could also, in the conditions we’ve had, have been on your rear.

I battled really hard with Coop [in Race Two], managed to pass him on the last lap, but he was so strong going in to the last corner that I knew I had to commit, then he ended up passing me anyway as I ran wide.

Really happy to go home with two trophies again, four podiums out of four, and leading the Championship, everything’s good”, added Christian.
Christian Iddon #24

The BSB Championship now moves on to Brands Hatch in Kent next, the former GP venue hosting the Series on the 20/22 May

Event BSB R02

Practice had been held in mixed conditions with the first session wet, second dry and final one mixed. I had felt good in all of them apart from when it was very wet which is something we will be working on but all in all I felt good on the bike.
Finished: 1st

We were strong in each and every session. It was another iffy session and I got through nicely and into the final stage. The only mistake I made was that I thought I had passed the flag and as the track was drying I could have done with that last lap but I was happy to have got on the front 2 rows.
Finished: 5th

Race 1
It was very wet at the start of the race and I was worried as that isn’t where we were strong. I was careful at the beginning as I knew the track was going to dry. As the track did dry I was able to move forwards through the pack and caught Haslam with a few laps to go. I felt so much stronger but with just one dry line I wasn’t able to make the pass.
Finished: 2nd

Race 2
A shower before race 2 made tyre choice crucial. I went for inters on both and it seemed to work out pretty well. I was trying to manage the tyres as best as I could as Richard Cooper took off at the front. Slowly I managed to peg him back in and made my move on the run to Cascades and into the lead. I tried to make a gap out of Hizzys chicane as that’s where I was quicker but nearly crashed and I had to push into the final turn as I knew Cooper was stronger than me into there. I managed to stop him coming underneath me but I ran wide and he just sneaked through and pipped me to the line.
Finished: 2nd

I was oh so close to my first ever win in both races but didn’t quite manage to finish the job. Still, to go away with another double podium and the championship lead will do just fine! 🙂

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R01 Silverstone

Tyco BMW rider Christian Iddon secured his first podium in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship since joining the Series in 2015, clinching third spot in both of the opening races of the year at Silverstone.

Iddon, from Stockport, made a statement of intent during qualifying, putting the Tyco BMW S1000RR on the front row of the grid, just two-tenths of a second off the Pole time of Series returnee Leon Haslam [Kawasaki], and ahead of the Ducati of former Moto GP rider, Shane Byrne.

Dropping as low as 7th position Iddon made hard work of claiming his first ever BSB podium in Race One, clawing his way back up the field, eventually nicking 3rd spot on the final lap of the Silverstone GP circuit, from the Kawasaki of Luke Mossey.

Starting from 7th position for Race Two, Iddon soon started climbing the order. The former World Superbike rider picking off places almost a lap at a time, he lay 3rd with seven laps remaining. Hanging on to the coat tails of Byrne, Christian had a ‘look’ on several occasions to see if he could take second place from the four-time BSB Champion.

Comfortable in third place, Iddon was a spectator as Peter Hickman [Kawasaki] claimed the win by just 0.099secs from Byrne, Christian just a second back down the road from the pair as they crossed the line.

Iddon, buoyant added afterwards; “[It was a] really positive weekend, started out on the front row – which was amazing. Race one was difficult, but we finished up with a podium. Race two the bike felt much better. If we hadn’t had such a bad start then we would have been up the front a bit earlier. [Though] getting a bad start allowed me to just race the race, the first Race I tried to manage it and got caught in battles I didn’t want to be in, trying to be clever. In the second, it was really enjoyable, I just raced forward the whole race.”

About five laps to go I got up to third, we’d got really good pace, I caught the two boys in front. ‘Hickey’ and ‘Shakey’ did a really good job of running a fast pace at the end and I couldn’t quite get them. They were strong in areas and I was strong in some others, there’s a few places we need to work on.

Brilliant job by all the team, and everyone involved… It was mint!
Christian Iddon #24

Iddon leaves Northamptonshire lying third in the Championship behind Shane Byrne and teammate Michael Laverty, who won Race One. The series next stop is Christian’s ‘home’ track, Oulton Park in Cheshire, over the Bank Holiday weekend of the 30 Apr –2 May.

Event BSB R01

We had a mixed run through the practice sessions mainly due to the weather. The mixed conditions meant we were unable to do the work load which we had hoped for but importantly I did get to ride the bike in all different conditions and I also managed to enjoy all of them. I also topped the dryest session which put us top of the tree pre qualifying.
Finished: 1st

We got through the first session fine but then I tensed up in Superpole 2. For the first time since I sat on the bike I rode tight and badly but just managed to get through. I was way more relaxed for the final stage of qualifying but got slightly held up on the fresh tyre. I was able to do 3 mega laps though so I knew we were looking good and started the season with a front row start.
Finished: 3rd

Race 1
I got a decent start but was a bit hesitant as we had opted for the harder of the 2 compound tyres which was not my preferred choice. I felt comfortable on the bike and wanted to manage the race with my team mate in the lead and I kept a good reference on where he was on the track. Unfortunately, the whole time I was trying to manage the race I was in a group of very fast riders and they kept making moves on me as I was a little weak on the brakes. I kept thinking now is the time to go but then having someone come through. With a couple of laps to go I knew it was time and as I came into the last lap in 4th I still thought I could win the race. I got up to 3rd then had a moment out the back of the circuit so settled for a podium.
Finished: 3rd

Race 2
 With conditions now colder everyone was forced to use the hard tyre so I was a little happier that we were all in the same situation and now that I had more time on the tyre I also felt better with the bike. I got an awful start and came through the first corner in 11th but the changes we made for race 2 felt so much better and I was able to pass people much more easily. I made my way up to 6th and then had a big moment which cost some time and a place but I still felt good. I was once again marking where the leader was as that is all I was interested in and with 5 laps to go and Hickman in the lead with Shakey in 2nd I made my way on to the back of the pair. I really felt I had the pace but once I got to them there was just nothing I could do. I was very happy to take a double podium. Perhaps more was possible but in the end I did the best I could and it was a solid points haul.
Finished: 3rd

To get my first ever BSB podium and then to make it a double podium in my first race for TYCO BMW was an absolute dream start. I arrived at race 1 wanting to get good, solid points on the board and that is exactly what we managd to I am very happy with all the hard work of everyone in the team!

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UK Testing

The last week saw Stockport based MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship rider, Christian Iddon, complete back to back Official BSB Tests at Silverstone and Donington Park, aboard his new S1000RR Tyco BMW Superbike.

First stop was Northamptonshire Grand Prix venue, Silverstone, where Iddon sat as high as 4th place in two of the three sessions around the 3.6mile GP circuit.

Later in the week, the BSB riders moved on to Donington Park in Leicestershire, and Iddon was well on the pace around the former Formula One Grand Prix track, finishing 2nd behind teammate Michael Laverty in the opening session of the day, whilst only being separated from Laverty in the day’s third session by multiple BSB Champion, Shane Byrne [Be Wiser Ducati].

“I’m really happy with the two Official Tests we have had over here in the UK” added Christian. “We have been lucky with the weather and it has allowed us to continue the work we were doing in Spain”.

“Silverstone was a great test for us and I felt very comfortable on the Tyco BMW” continued former World Superbike rider, Iddon. “To be honest the Donington test was a little more difficult but step by step the team improved the bike but I still believe we have some more to come after we get a good look through the data”.

“The main positive I’m going away with is our ability to do long runs and to be able to do fast lap times on very used tyres. Having said that, I think that also means we have more we can extract when the tyre is new so no doubt we will work on that when we get to Round 1″

“This is going to be an incredibly close Championship” Christian went on to predict, “the testing times show that without doubt but I’m quietly content with the work we have gone through over the winter test period and where we now find ourselves. I’m ready for round 1 now and I’m just looking forward to the challenge”.

Christian won’t be out of the saddle for long, as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship heads to Silverstone for Rounds 1&2 of the 2016 Series on the 8-10 April.

Spanish Testing

Christian Iddon, Michael Laverty, Ian Hutchinson and Josh Elliott.
Stockport MCE British Superbike racer Christian Iddon returned from an intensive week of testing in the South of Spain at the weekend, where he finally had the chance to climb aboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR he will contest the 2016 Championship with.

Iddon joined the Tyco BMW squad, for his first taste of the team’s BMW S1000RR since his announcement he will race for the Northern Ireland based squad, as they racked up track time at Circuito de Cartagena, near Murcia, and at Circuito de Almeria, near Spain’s Southern coast.

 “The first test at Cartagena was, for me, much more of a practice session than anything else. It always takes me quite a while to get back up to speed and to get any consistency so before giving any feedback I just wanted to turn some laps and that was pretty much what we did for the first couple of days. We also used it to work on body position and getting me comfortable on the BMW S1000RR” explained Christian.

“The second half of the test we started to work on a few more things with the bike. To be perfectly honest we have an excellent base setting already due to the hard work of the team and Michael Laverty from last season so many of the things we were trying were more to give me an idea of what each change would do to the set up of the bike should we have to make a setting change during a race weekend”, Iddon added.

“For the final three days we moved on to Almeria where we continued to work on chassis changes for the first day and then unfortunately lost day two due to adverse weather conditions. I was a little concerned about losing track time but on the final day we changed our work programme and stuck with our best setting and concentrated more on electronics. This allowed me to put in some more consistent laps and I began to really feel at home on the Tyco BMW”, enthused Christian.

Iddon went on to summarise; “We gathered a massive amount of data over the test and now there is lots of work to do in order to analyse all of that and make a plan moving forwards to the final tests at Donington and Silverstone before the season begins. We still have some areas I think we can improve but I feel really good on the bike and with the team and I’m really looking forward to getting the season going”.

The MCE British Superbike Championship takes to the track for the first rounds of the 2016 Series on the 8-10 April, at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’, Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

(Photo credit: Tyco BMW) 

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