Best Superbike result of the season for Iddon

BURNING UP SILVERSTONE -- Christian Iddon, who produced the best Superbike result of the season for his team. (PHOTO BY: Paul Walker)
BURNING UP SILVERSTONE -- Christian Iddon, who produced the best Superbike result of the season for his team. (PHOTO BY: Paul Walker)
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Superbike star Christian Iddon unleashed the best result of the season for his Bennetts Suzuki team in the penultimate round of the MCE British Championship at the world-famnous Silverstone track.

The 30-year-old Iddon, who is from Hayfield, finished fourth in race two to take his points’ tally for the season to 114 and lift him to 11th in the overall standings, albeit a long way behind the leader, Josh Brookes.

Despite starting from the third row of the grid, he quickly made a series of overtakes to get himself into the battle at the very front of the field. After a busy opening half of the race, he settled into a rhythm, sitting a comfortable sixth and conserving his tyres.

In the closing stages, Iddon upped his attack, making a move on closest rival Shaun Byrne on the last lap to grab fourth at the chequered flag.

“That was a really enjoyable race,” he said. “I had some good battles with Josh Brookes and everyone was having a go.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite a podium finish, but it’s still a nice result and our best of the season. More importantly, we were in the mix all race. The bike felt even better, so big thanks to the team. The guys put a lot of effort in.

“It feels like everyone is sat on the bike with me, so it’s good to get a result for them. I’m looking forward to the last round of the championship now at Brands Hatch on October 16 to 18.”

The result came after a disappointing opening race when Iddon finished eighth, despite qualifying on the front row of the grid.

Meanwhile Bennetts Suzuki teammate, Josh Waters, finished 15th and 18th in the two races, leaving him 24th in the overall standings.

Team owner Martin Halsall said: “It was a superb result for Christian and testament to the hard work everyone has put in. It was a great race to be involved in, with plenty of action. We’re almost disappointed because we were so close to the podium. But the result shows we can mix it at the very front.”