It was a scary start to the Bennetts British Superbike weekend for Stockport’s Christian Iddon as the TYCO BMW biker was caught up in an accident during Free Practice at Oulton Park, a moment Christian described as ‘Probably one of the worst moments [he’d] ever had in racing’ leaving him shaken and concerned for the welfare of fellow racer, Fraser Rogers. Fortunately, although injuries were sustained, everyone involved was ok.
Despite varying conditions and low track temperatures, Iddon ran strongly through the free practice sessions, and even topped the times in the third and final session on a drying track, a first for the team’s new BMW S1000RR.
Claiming fifth in qualifying, of twenty-nine riders, Christian was happy with how the bike felt.
A great start to race one saw Christian run strongly in fourth for the opening laps, but six laps in a problem left him dropping down the order and forced to retire. The team worked hard to find the issue, the bike ready with just minutes to spare to take the start of race two. Another fifth place start, and another great getaway, saw Christian run as high as third place, finally settling for sixth place at the flag, and with some decent points to boot.
Speaking to TYCO BMW afterwards, Iddon commented; “The weekend was strong, I was always up there throughout all the sessions. Then during race one we had a technical issue, which was absolutely no fault of the team or the bike, but thankfully the team managed to find the fault just before race two.
“I felt great up to half race distance with strong and consistent lap times, we just got a little too much tyre degradation towards the end of the race, I took too much out of it – but this is something we can learn from. Sixth place is a good starting point as it is valuable points so I’m fairly content leaving round two, but there is plenty more in the tank to come.
“Next up is Donington Park, it’s a track I really enjoy, so I’m really looking forward to it!”
Christian adding; “After the way the weekend started, I’m just glad everyone who was involved is ok. And I’d like to wish Fraser a speedy recovery”
The next round of the British Superbike Championship, a triple-header at Donington Park in Leicestershire, takes place over the weekend of the 24-26 May.