Christian Iddon will return to action today for the first time in almost three months as the sixth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship gets underway at Brands Hatch
The Tyco BMW rider was injured in a crash in the opening practice session at Knockhill last month, suffering a heavy graze to his arm which would eventually require a skin graft, ruling him out of both the Knockhill and Snetterton rounds.
It was a strange injury for Iddon, who was actually declared fit to ride last time out at Snetterton, but given the risk of potentially breaking the skin graft, it was decided he’d sit out of the event and focus on a Brands Hatch return.
Since then, he’s ridden at a test in Suzuka for the BMW Motorrad 39 team and also been out with the Tyco BMW team in Northern Ireland.
“I’ve still got to be a bit cautious about crashing on it, but what can I do?” Iddon told MCN. “If I crash, I crash. It was the right thing not to do Snetterton, but it’s left us in a bit of a tricky position points-wise.
“It’s taken its time to heal, but I’m now pretty much back to full fitness. We tested the other day and I rode race distance at good pace and felt alright. I went to Suzuka and rode like a wally so I was worried I’d forgotten to ride in the time I’d had off, so it was nice to get back with Tyco BMW and put some good laps in."
Unfortunately for Iddon, his two-round absence has seen him drop from third in the championship standings to eighth, but is still in with a shot of a showdown spot.
“The key thing is the Showdown. It’s a bit frustrating because Snetterton couldn’t have been worse for me – I needed Luke and Leon to have a good weekend as they are pretty much confirmed in the Showdown. That helped out the riders I’m fighting with for showdown spots! Fifth is now 30 points up the road, which is a shame. Now there’s a dogfight for sixth! We’ll do the best we can.”
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