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 –
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-
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-
“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-
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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!