July 25, 2016 katie

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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