BSB: 'Touch and go' for Iddon ahead of Snetterton

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Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon says it’s ‘touch and go’ whether he’ll race at this weekend’s fifth round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Snetterton as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in his free practice crash at Knockhill.

Iddon went down in in the opening practice session at the Scottish circuit and suffered a severe cut to his arm. The wound was so deep he needed to go under a general anaesthetic for the doctors to clean it and was therefore ruled out of action in the two races.

He went under the knife again on the Monday following Knockhill for a skin graft to cover the wound, and is now unsure whether he’ll race this weekend as the injury continues to heal.

“It’s a bit touch and go really,” he told MCN. “Tomorrow I’m heading to the hospital to get it re-dressed and they’ll have a look at the injury and the skin donor site, after that I’ll head to Snetterton and have a chat with the BSB medics.


“It’s not a normal injury The issue isn’t whether I can ride, I’m fairly sure I’d be fine riding as I can ride through pain, it’s more the unknown of how the skin graft would hold up if anything was to happen. We don’t know if it’s strong enough to take another fall and the last thing I want to do is to make it worse.

“I’ll try my leathers on when I get to Snetterton tomorrow and we’ll sit down with the team and make a decision tomorrow night, I’ll hopefully do FP1 and be able to see where we are at and go from there. The question isn’t can I ride, it’s whether it’s worth it in the long run.” 

Glenn Irwin, who also crashed heavily in the opening practice session at Knockhill, is also set to miss this weekend’s action, but Leon Haslam, who sustained two cracked vertebrae when he went down, is expected to return if he passes a medical assessment on Friday morning. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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