Christian Iddon , from Stockport, scored a brace of top-tens, as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship made it’s annual pilgrimage to Assen in Holland.
Nursing a broken collarbone from his accident at Silverstone three weeks ago, it was tough going for the former World Superbike racer, and a technical problem in free practice two was a blessing in disguise.
I did very little in the free practices, it’s always bad to lose track time but in this instance I wasn’t desperately upset, the amount of physical exertion was taking it’s toll
Starting seventh on the grid for race one Christian ran as high as fifth place, but suffering with high amounts of front tyre wear, it made it all but impossible to ride fast without crashing, the TYCO BMW rider had to settle for a hard-earned eighth position as the flag dropped.
From eleventh on the grid in race two, Iddon avoided opening lap drama to climb to seventh. A brief safety-car period followed and when the race resumed Christian steadily climbed to fourth, but with just five laps to go, a broken gear position sensor snatched away all Iddon’s hard work, dropping him to tenth place at the chequered flag.
Speaking to TYCO BMW, Christian said;
I struggled quite a lot throughout free practice sessions with my broken collarbone. I underestimated how difficult it would be, it was actually [way] worse than Silverstone. So it was a nice surprise that when qualifying came around the bike was good and I didn’t feel too bad.
As always it’s super close and we were towards the front of the group which meant I got a good start position for the first race. Fifth was the target for race one and was looking entirely possible, but with a few laps to go I really struggled with tyre wear and dropped back to eighth.
I was a little bit further back on the grid for the second race but I made my way through to fourth, I was pretty confident that was where I going to finish up, but towards the end of the race I suffered a broken sensor which knocked me right back to tenth.
The bike had been great all weekend and the points do not reflect this or the effort put in, I’m just looking forward to Brands Hatch now and to finish the season as strong as possible.