TYCO BMW rider Christian Iddon narrowly missed out on the British Superbike Championship’s Showdown section of the series, as heavy rain made riding treacherous at Silverstone.
The Showdown takes place over the final three rounds of the BSB season, and is completed by the top six riders at the conclusion of the Showdown decider.
Iddon, from Hayfield, missed out on the chance to compete in the 2017 Showdown by just four points.
Going into the Silverstone round with only a narrow chance of making the showpiece, thanks to missing four races through injury, Iddon set about his business by going second quickest in free practice one, then set the fastest time of all in the second session.
Sixth place from 14th place on the grid in race one and a brave decision to opt for slicks on a wet/drying track left him with the third fastest time and a front row start for race two.
A seventh place finish in race two left Iddon 13th on the grid for the third and final encounter of the weekend.
Heavy rain for the Silverstone finale saw Iddon flying.
The former Supermoto champion climbed to second place after six laps as many riders fell in awful conditions.
Iddon set the fastest lap of the race along the way and it would have been enough to give Christian his spot in the showdown, but just two laps later there was heartbreak for the former World Superbike rider, as he joined a plethora of other riders out of the race — and out of the title fight.
“I put my heart and soul into racing,” he said.
“That’s not to say I’m any more or less deserving than anyone else out there as I know the other 25 riders on the grid all live for the same dream.
“I was out of the Showdown before the final race and had nothing to lose, [wet] conditions were in my favour and I was able to make my way up to second and felt comfortable.
“I rode to the information I had, and to what I had underneath me. I felt comfortable, but I had to push on.
“One slight slip, however, and in an instant the dream disappeared for another year.
“I have to live with the mistake I made and the consequences of that — and that hurts.
“But what is done is done. Of course ‘it’s only racing’ but sometimes it’s hard to see beyond your own selfish dreams.”
Iddon said his dream was not over, but was just on hold for another year.
“Congratulations to those who made it in to the Showdown as they absolutely deserve to be there,” he said.
“Thanks all for the continued, amazing support.
“I look forward to finishing the season in the strongest possible way.”
Next up is Iddon’s home round of Oulton Park, where he will be hoping to bounce back with a podium place, and that so far ellusive top step.
The BSB series moves on to the Cheshire track this weekend, 15-17 September.