BSB: Iddon drops out of title chase

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Christian Iddon’s 2016 title chances plunged into jeopardy this weekend as he left the sixth round of the championship having scored just three points from Sunday’s two races. 

The early series leader has been off the pace since the third round at Brands Hatch, but Thruxton would see him endure his worst weekend of the season so far as he desperately struggled for grip.

It had looked as though things were on the up for the Tyco BMW man when he placed second in the opening practice session, but things rapidly went downhill as the weekend progressed.


After qualifying 14th, he found no rear grip from his harder compound SC1 tyre throughout the race. Starting the second race 18th on the softer tyre, he could only cross the line to take a handful of points after further tyre woes.

Slipping outside the top six for the first time this season, Iddon faces an uphill challenge if he’s to rejoin the title fight and with no ideas why it went so wrong, it’s not looking good.

“We really need to ascertain what is going wrong,” he told MCN almost lost for words. “I don’t not know how to ride a bike, but I just couldn’t get the forward drive. My bike was identical to Michael’s, to the click, and he won the race, so what can I say?”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing