Christian Iddon goes fastest at Snetterton BSB test

Hayfield’s Christian Iddon set the fastest time at the second official test for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton on Thursday.

Christian Iddon was in good form at Snetterton (Getty Images)
Christian Iddon was in good form at Snetterton (Getty Images)

Day one of the latest round of the test tour was effectively washed out at the Norfolk track on Wednesday with virtually none of the riders venturing out in any of the sessions, before the following day dawned brighter and saw Iddon, on Paul Bird’s factory supported VisionTrack Ducati Panigale V4R, on the pace.

The 36-year-old set fastest time in the morning session before waiting until the final moments of the second session in the afternoon to post his best lap, which put him 0.166s ahead of fellow Ducati rider Tommy Bridewell.

The rain returned for the third session and teams chose to end the day early in preparation for today’s final day of testing, but once again the weather proved to be the only winner, and Iddon, who took his maiden Bennetts BSB victory at Snetterton last year, was forced to end the day early along with everyone else.

Iddon said: “It was very good to top the only two sessions that really happened so from that point of view, it was a real confidence booster.

"Not only that, I felt we were strong, and the bike was good although we couldn’t really get our teeth into things and we didn’t get to try a lot of what we had planned. It’s a shame we couldn’t do more laps, but it wasn’t just the wet weather, the track was just too cold, and it wouldn’t have made sense to go out and we had nothing to gain.

"We started where we finished at Silverstone and got some really good data so we will take what we learned into the next test at Oulton in a couple of weeks and then the one after that at Donington as we build towards the season ahead.”