September 11, 2016 katie

R09 Oulton Park

Christian Iddon’s ‘home’ round of the British Superbike Championship saw his Championship hopes evaporate as the Stockport rider didn’t manage to muster up enough points to get in to the top six as the Series enters it’s ‘Showdown’ phase, where the top half-dozen riders fight for overall honours.

Iddon had ridden strongly throughout Free Practice, saving his best ’til last in FP3, setting the fastest time of all aboard his Tyco BMW S1000RR, in drying conditions around the Cheshire parkland track’s International circuit.

The former Super Moto Champion’s Free Practice pace didn’t translate in to Qualifying, however, Christian missing the cut to progress through to Q3 by just two-tenths of a second, on the incredibly competitive BSB grid, and having to settle for 13th place, of the thirty riders competing.

It was all or nothing for Iddon, having gone on the record admitting he had ‘nothing to lose, and everything to gain’. Christian gave it everything he had to try and chip away at the points needed to get himself back in the Showdown.

But it wasn’t to be, Race One was to end sooner than hoped, taking a tumble on lap seven of eighteen. “I just lost the front [on the entry to the Britten’s Chicane]” explained Christian. “It was a massive shame, as we were looking good, I was comfortable on the bike and we had the pace for a podium”.

As a result of his good pace, Iddon would line up 8th for Race Two, but all but mathematically out of the Showdown running. After straight-lining the chicane on the opening lap, Christian would complete lap one in twentieth place, but despite hitting neutral on the exit of Druids bend and losing a couple more places, he would claw back nine places to finish 11th overall.

The final Race of the weekend left Iddon feeling much more positive, setting fastest lap and claiming ninth place from thirteenth on the grid. “It [Race 3] went well, I honestly felt at one point that we had the pace to win it. I had a bit of a technical problem during the Safety Car period that made the second half of the Race a bit difficult. But fastest lap showed we were heading in the right direction.

“We’ve made progress with the bike this weekend” summarised Iddon, “now we need to refine it”.

Speaking about the final three rounds, outside of the Showdown riders:

We need to refocus now, It’s all about getting the results that we know the bike is capable of. Aiming to get back on the podium – which we should have the pace to do
Christian Iddon #24

Iddon is next in action this coming weekend, 16-17 September, as the BSB Championship rumbles in to Donington Park, in Leicestershire.

Event BSB R09

Practice 
Free practice had all gone well. I felt quite happy with the bike and I was ready for the weekend.
Finished: 9th

Superpole 
 I got through Superpole 1 again and I felt good in Superpole 2. I did my best ever lap of Oulton but such is the pace at the moment that I was a long way down the field.
Finished: 13th

Race 1 
I got  fairly decent start and progressed through the pack a little and was actually feeling really good. I got on the back of a group with ended up the fight for the podium but I made a totally unforced error and lost the front at the chicane and went down. I don’t know what happened to be honest but the deed was done.
Finished: DNF

Race 2 
I was 8th on the grid for the second race so I was excited but we had changed some quite radical things on the bike ready for the day ahead and I knew I had a little to learn with the bike. I made a mistake on the first lap and dropped outside the top 20 and had to gradually peg my way forwards. I did what I could.
Finished: 11th

Race 3
I got a good start and pushed my way through and felt great to be honest. I set the fastest lap of the race and then the safety car came out and I realised I had a slight technical issue that hampered me in the later stages of the race and I went from thinking I could win to struggling just to maintain a pace. It was a shame but I feel like we made good progress with the bike so I am looking forward to the next round!
Finished: 9th

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