Christian Iddon’s World Supersport Championship campaign ended in disappointment in the final race of the season in Jerez, Spain.
Fresh from taking his debut podium at the penultimate round in France, Iddon made a good start to Sunday’s race but it was short-lived.
Having moved up into fourth position, Iddon began to suffer from water leaking onto his rear tyre.
After several close calls, Iddon had no choice but to return to pit-lane and retire from the race.
He reflected, saying: “It’s obviously a disappointing way to end the year but I’ve got to look at the positives.
“It was my first time here and we were in contention for a podium.”
“But I knew something was wrong so I had to pull in. The bike was breathing water on the back tyre and it was just too dangerous to continue.”
“It was just an unfortunate way to end what has been an amazing year.
“Although the final championship position was great, to have had three front rows and a podium in my debut season, with a new bike to develop is awesome.”
Iddon finished 15th overall in the standings, after gaining 45 points.