BSB: Iddon leads the way at soggy Silverstone

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Christian Iddon led the way as the weather threw a spanner in the works on the opening day of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Showdown decider at Silverstone.

Riders faced the wettest conditions of the year as FP1 got underway at the 3.6-mile Northamptonshire circuit and it’d only get worse, with a heavy downpour bringing most riders back to the pits halfway through the opening session.

It had looked as though things would improve for FP2 with the sun shining after lunch, but a thunderstorm rolling in half an hour before the session got underway scuppered that.

Not afraid of any conditions, Tyco BMW’s Iddon spent most of the session out on track, occupying the top spot for a majority of the 45 minutes.


Shane Byrne, who topped the morning’s opening session, was second quickest ahead of Anvil Hire Yamaha’s Josh Brookes, who slipped off at Abbey unhurt mid-way through FP2.

Tommy Bridewell made a return to the sharp end of the timesheets for Team WD40 ahead of Leon Haslam, who took a tumble at Luffield in the closing moments.

Michael Laverty was sixth for McAMS Yamaha ahead of James Westmoreland and Jake Dixon while James Ellison and John Hopkins rounded out the top ten. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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