Mixed bag for Id­don over­seas

Stockport Express - - Motors - MO­TOR RAC­ING MIKE PETCH

IT was an­other week­end of mixed con­di­tions and mixed results for Stock­port’s Chris­tian Id­don, the TYCO BMW rider show­ing great pace in wet con­di­tions at the Assen round of the Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship – the only over­seas visit on the BSB cal­en­dar.

On the back of news Id­don would once again be rid­ing for TYCO in 2018, Chris­tian was in good spir­its at the Dutch track, the former Su­per­moto cham­pion claimed a front row start for race one, with the third quick­est time over­all.

A fall in race one after strug­gling with brake prob­lems and tyre wear was dis­ap­point­ing, but Id­don was buoyed by the fact he’d still been able to claim a sec­ond row start for race two.

Con­tin­ued prob­lems with tyre wear dropped him as low as eleventh place in race two, but Id­don got him­self in to a rhythm, and brought his BMW S1000RR home in eighth po­si­tion. Enough to keep him top, in the hunt for the Rid­ers Cup.

Speak­ing to TYCO BMW after­wards, he said: “This week­end was ab­so­lutely not the Assen we had hoped for but I’m proud of how my team fought to the end. We en­coun­tered a few small brake is­sues dur­ing race one and also ex­pe­ri­enced ex­ces­sive tyre wear dur­ing the races.

“We didn’t have the set up ex­actly as we would have liked in the dry to main­tain the pace we needed for the race re­sult we were aim­ing for, but the team pulled to­gether and that is what is im­por­tant. It might sound like a bro­ken record but we will re­group and re­turn stronger to fin­ish the sea­son as best we can at Brands Hatch in two weeks, we were on the podium there ear­lier in the sea­son it would be good to be back up there again!”

The Bri­tish Su­per­bike cham­pi­onship cul­mi­nates with the fi­nal round of the se­ries at the fa­mous Brands Hatch cir­cuit, in Kent, on the 15th Oc­to­ber.

●●Chris­tian Id­don

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