TYCO BMW rider Christian Iddon rounded out the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season with a fifth and fourth place at Brands Hatch, in Kent. Iddon, from Stockport, ran well throughout free practice for the 2018 finale, but a crash in qualifying, further damaging a broken collarbone suffered at Silverstone five weeks ago, left on the back foot, down in eighteenth place on the grid, and in far from peak physical condition.
Christian Iddon , from Stockport, scored a brace of top-tens, as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship made it’s annual pilgrimage to Assen in Holland.
Nursing a broken collarbone from his accident at Silverstone three weeks ago, it was tough going for the former World Superbike racer, and a technical problem in free practice two was a blessing in disguise.
Tyco BMW remain satisfied with two podiums from the opening races of the British championship season at Donington Park. Christian Iddon rode strongly in both British Superbike races with third place in race one and fourth place in race two aboard his TAS Racing prepared S1000RR. This leaves Iddon third in the championship standings after round one on 29 points.
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-
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-
Event BSB R12
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!
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 –
Event BSB R11
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