‘No change in target’ for Iddon at Oulton

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Bennetts Suzuki rider Christian Iddon says that there’s no changes in his targets for this weekend’s MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park despite still riding with the broken leg he sustained last time out at Brands Hatch.

“There’s no change in target this weekend. The only thing I’m worried about is movement. But if we’re good to go on a normal setting I think we’ll be right. It’s a shame I missed the test last week but I went along and the guys were all working well. We’ll get the first session out of the way and then we’ll know where we’re at but I’m approaching this weekend with the same frame of mind as any other.”

The Suzuki rider has been using a hyperbaric chamber since Brands, trying to speed the recovery on the leg that he nonetheless raced to twelfth on in the second race at the Kent circuit.

“I’ve been in the hyperbaric chamber twice a day since Brands. There’s only so long you can spend in there, but I’ve been doing an hour and a half in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, and it’s really helped with the recovery. After the second race at Brands Hatch I did more damage to my leg. I could feel it moving as I was riding and for days afterwards I really struggled with the pain. The swelling was really bad and it was actually filled with blood. But that’s all gone down with time in the chamber.

“Training to start with was quite difficult. It’s hard to do cardio work with a leg injury but I’ve been using a hand bike. In the last few days I’ve been able to get on the turbo trainer too, first with no resistance but I’ve been building that up. So the leg is feeling good.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer