BSB closes in on WSB pace
Thanks to the Be Wiser Ducati squad’s close relationship with Ducati Corse and the World Superbike effort, they had access to the data from when Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano raced at Donington earlier this season.
While Byrne admits it’s useful to see this, his crew chief Giovanni Crupi – a Ducati Corse employee flown in from Bologna each weekend – says it’s not too comparable given the advanced level of electronics in WSB.
“Their set-up is close to ours but because they have traction control, anti-wheelie etc they can do a lot of things differently to us.”
The pace in WSB might be faster than British Superbikes, but Byrne’s times this weekend weren’t far off his world level Ducati counterparts. Chaz Davies’ fastest lap on his way to third in the second race at Donington earlier this year was just 0.7 seconds quicker than the lap record Byrne set in race two this weekend.
but there is still something holding us back from bridging the gap to Shakey. I can’t seem to go faster when I try to push and I think it’s because we aren’t making the most of the mechanical grip the bike can offer. There were two corners where that hampered us, the last corner and the first, and without that we could have challenged for the win.”
While the podium may be too little too late after missing out on a spot in the 2016 title fighters’ Showdown, it’s a crucial result for Iddon when it comes to securing a ride for next season.
“It’s that time of year and everyone is already talking! I like to do things the right way so I’m waiting to hear what the boss has to say and hopefully after today what I’ll be hearing will be good!
“I have been contacted by a few other teams but I’d like to see what happens with my current situation. I’d like to stay where I am because it’s not something I’ve been able to do in recent years after teams folded on me or a number of other reasons. That sort of stability can be really important when you’re looking to be at the front.”
‘I felt comfortable but there is still something holding us back’
He missed out on the Showdown but that podium could keep Iddon his seat for 2017