October 16, 2016 katie

R12 Brands Hatch GP

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-tenths of a second off Pole Position.

 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-plus riders to take place in the 2016 Series.

Event BSB R12

Practice 
Throughout practice I felt good with the whole bike in lots of conditions and the team worked brilliantly throughout the weekend.
Finished: 3rd

Superpole 
I actually really struggled in the first phase but we got through. I then did a good lap in Q2 to get through and in Q3 it was a crazy situation where it was getting wetter. I came in for wets but for some reason I ended up on an inter front and slick rear,. It seemed to work out pretty good though as I finished 2nd!
Finished: 2nd

Race 1 
Conditions were horrible for race 2. It started off dry and I led and was pulling a gap then it rained and was red flagged accordingly. The rack was so slippery and I was leading the way but was actually happy when a few riders came through. I got my confidence back up and it turned into a dogfight between myself and Hickman. We were like doing an episode of dancing on ice, He eventually got the better of me. It was a good race
Finished: 2nd

Race 2 
It was a damp ish race. The racing line was pretty good but a bit wet off it. I was feeling good and with a lap and a half to go I was in contention for the win but ended up with a technical fault and a certain podium went away.
Finished: DNF

Race 3
The final race was re-started again and again and eventually it was a 10 lap dogfight sprint. It was a crazy race at crazy speeds and I was strong apart from 2 corners and that hurt me. I did all I could
Finished: 5th

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!

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