Christian Iddon remains in contention for the Bennetts British Superbike showdown despite a tough weekend at Thruxton that saw the TYCO BMW rider finish race two in the barriers, after an off at the final corner.
Iddon, from Stockport, struggling with grip around the high-speed Hampshire track, progressed well through free practice, climbing to second spot in the third session of the weekend. Teammate Michael Laverty dropped out of qualifying in Q1, lying in nineteenth place, while Christian took his BMW S1000RR right through to Q3, setting seventh fastest time, on the third row of the grid.
A tough opening lap in race one saw Iddon twelfth across the line, but the former Supermoto champion clawed his way back through the field to run as high as seventh by the midway point. Suffering badly with tyre wear, he dropped away slowly, eventually finishing thirteenth as the chequered flag fell.
Starting eleventh in race two Christian quickly climbed to seventh after just one lap, enjoying close battles with Luke Mossey [Kawasaki] and Glenn Irwin [Ducati], but the struggle with tyre wear was soon to rear it’s ugly head, as on lap fifteen Iddon slid out of contention exiting the final corner, hitting the Recticel barriers on the outside of the track.
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Speaking to TYCO BMW afterwards, Christian said; “Thruxton is always a bit of a curveball and we have seen that again this round. The weekend went well until race day, our pace has never been in question, but tyre life has always been difficult.
Iddon now lies twenty points outside the championship Showdown places with five races remaining, but with twenty-five points on offer for a win, it’s all to play for.
We initially thought we would run the softer tyre option, but it soon became clear that was not going to be possible, so we opted to run with the harder tyre. Over race distance the tyre wear was worse than we anticipated, and I ended up thirteenth in race one which was very disappointing.
We made some changes to the bike for race two and for 60% of the race we were running well but very suddenly the tyre dropped and I lost grip rapidly making corner entry a struggle, within a lap I had lost all pace and crashed.
It is very frustrating that we didn’t capitalise on showdown points given that our showdown rivals were out of race contention, but we now look forward to Cadwell Park. I will work as hard as I can alongside the team to get the very best out of the package and focus on that showdown goal.
Next up for the BSB series is the undulating Lincolnshire track of Cadwell Park over the weekend of 17-19 August.