Christian Iddon went above and beyond in his quest to secure a spot in the Bennetts BSB title fighters’ Showdown at Silverstone this weekend.
Things had been looking good for the Tyco BMW rider, but a highside in qualifying looked set to end his weekend with a collarbone broken in three places.
However, determined to ride, Iddon insisted medics let him take a fit-to-ride test that involved doing one-handed press-ups on the side of the broken bone. Passed fit, he rolled to the grid an hour later and finished the weekend’s races in 15th, fifth and tenth.
“We tried everything… I felt quite comfortable which is one of the biggest shames of it, I was actually thinking about winning the race at one point as I could see Hickman was struggling so I knew what I needed to do,” Iddon told MCN after the race.
“I did my best but made a mistake… I ran deep and I knew I couldn’t afford to fall off on my collarbone so I ran off the track just to be safe.”
Despite his heroic performance, Iddon said he did what any other racer would do with a Showdown position on the cards.
“There was a lot at stake, I’m sure everyone else would have tried to ride… The collarbone wasn’t too much of a problem in the races, the main thing was I just couldn’t get fully tucked in down the back straight which is a shame as the bike has been really quick all weekend. It wasn’t too bad, I learnt to ride with it and it got easier and easier. I could feel it, I could feel the bone moving, it was sort of crunching across itself… that’s more disconcerting than anything else!
“It left me a little bit weak in the braking areas, obviously not weak enough to be not riding as I was competitive. It was only on the left-hand side too, I was strong into turn one but weak into Brooklands.”
However, while he rode at Silverstone Iddon is now likely to miss this weekend’s Oulton Park round. Having met with a surgeon, they have decided the best route is to allow the bone to heal naturally rather than surgery. While the Derbyshire rider hasn’t 100% ruled out an appearance this weekend, it’s likely he’ll be out of action until Assen.