August 7, 2016 katie

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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