Christian Iddon managed to score a single point with 17th and 15th positions respectively at round 3 of the British Superbike Championship held at Oulton Park.
It was always going to be a tough weekend for Iddon after he had broken his right Fibula just 2 weeks earlier at Brands Hatch. After intensive rehabilitation with hyperbaric chamber and modified training Iddon was passed fit to race but from the first session it was clear it was hindering his ability to ride the bike as he had wanted to.
Practice sessions were disrupted with some inclement weather but the team worked hard to find the best setting possible going into qualifying.
Despite improving his laptime considerably, Christian was unable to make it into the second phase of qualifying and took 24th on the grid for the first of the two 18 lap encounters set for the bank holiday Monday.
Christian made a good start in the first race and soon made his way forwards towards the points but by mid race ‘arm pump’ set in and Christian had to simply consolidate his finish.
Having once again improved his laptime, Chrstian was to start 16th on the grid for race 2 and after another good start was once again in the mix for points. It was a race long battle which saw Christian in a group from 9th to 16th. At the flag it was 15th and a single point as the fight continues to be within the Showdown come the end of the season.
After the race Iddon commented.
“This weekend has been much tougher than I expected to be honest. I had high hopes coming into this round despite my injury”
“The first session was very difficult for me to ride. Despite intensive rehabilitation I just didn’t have the movement in my leg and ankle but thankfully as the sessions went on that improved. It then rained for practice 2 and was damp in practice 3 so useful track time was minimal. Add that to missing the test last week and I think I was just behind the game”
“Starting so far back in race 1 we actually tried a bit of an experimental setting and actually it seemed to be quite good in a few areas. I was able to move forwards but by mid race I suffered from arm pump. I’ve not had it for about 3 years and I’m really disappointed to get it but I think not being able to use my leg properly meant I was doing far too much with my upper body”
“Race 2 was another improvement and we once again moved closer to where we needed to be. BSB is so close this year and I was in the fight that went right up into the top 10 but I just didn’t have the consistency of laptime to move forwards through the group”
“To come away with a single point is difficult to take but we never gave up. The goal is to get in the showdown so every point counts and even that single point would never have been possible if it wasn’t down to some incredible support I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.
“I would like to personally thank those who made put in so much effort over the last couple of weeks. The team have been so supportive and made sure I had everything I needed. SMP ltd and Hyperbaric IOM have made sure healing has been as fast as possible and I got amazing results from the Hyperbaric chamber treatment. Also to Nutri advanced, the BSB Physio team and also to friends and family who have all gone out of their way to do everything possible to get me in the best shape possible. I hope over the rest of the season I can repay all their efforts with the results we deserve”