BSB: Iddon: 'The bike is feeling better than it ever has'

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Christian Iddon returned to the podium for the first time since July this year after a breakthrough with the Tyco BMW at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Iddon says the team have made some radical changes with the bike’s set-up this weekend, but is keeping his cards close to his chest as to what it is they’ve done to find the boost in form.

Quick throughout the weekend, Iddon took the lead in both the initial start and the restart in this afternoon’s opening race and while Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne was able to edge away from him in the later stages of the race, the 32 year old was able to hold on to Byrne’s coattails for most of the race.

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“Fair play to the Tyco BMW team as the bike is feeling better than it has in the two years I’ve ridden it,” he said. “We’ve made some real progress this weekend and I’m feeling really good. From about mid-race onwards I had a bit too much engine braking and then some chatter into the corners, it’s odd as I’ve not had it all weekend and then the bike started to misfire.

“I didn’t cost me a great deal of time but it got into my head and had me out of the seat a few times. We’ve had results like this before, but that is probably the easiest the bike has ever been to ride. That being said, we still got beat so there’s still work to do.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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