01 - 03 MAY |

Iddon: “It’s easier to be the chaser and not the chased”

Christian Iddon arrives at Brands Hatch for the crucial final round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship ready to fight for the title for the first time, as the five-way battle for the coveted crown reaches a climax on the Grand Prix circuit.

Iddon arrives in Kent trailing his VisionTrack Ducati teammate by 16-points after scoring a second, sixth and fourth place finish at the previous event at Donington Park, and is now in the strongest position he has been in his Bennetts BSB career to date.

Iddon said: “Obviously I was quite happy with the first race at Donington Park. I couldn’t do anything really with Andrew, and I didn’t realise he was on a different tyre to me, so I tried to race him and it was always going to be in vain in all honesty, given the way both the bikes looked at the end of the race. But, I was happy to come home in second in difficult conditions, especially after Glenn went down early. It’s always a little bit more difficult to keep your concentration because you have one eye on making sure you score points. In tricky conditions, it’s never easy so that was a good race.

“The second race was pretty awful really, I knew from halfway round my first lap that I was in trouble. I just didn’t have the bike underneath me that I really expected. It was quite strange because on the first day we did get a dry session and I felt quite good with the bike so I was really surprised that I didn’t have what I needed, but I learnt to ride it a little bit towards the end and made a bit of forward progress, but not enough. I think fourth was possible, but I didn’t make it stick so sixth was pretty disappointing.

“Then for the last race, we changed a few things. We definitely improved and my rhythm was pretty good, but I just sort of lost the gap to the front guys and in the middle of the race I was really concerned about tyre wear. I knew that it was rubbing on the exhaust and that we had a bit of an issue. I don’t know whether that was heating the tyre up excessively, but I took a few laps, had a few laps off in the middle of the race, and then had to go again towards the end, so I didn’t lose any more places. Fourth place was ok for the championship position consolidation really.”

Iddon holds second in the standings, with just a two-point advantage over Glenn Irwin and three points ahead of Jason O'Halloran, so he knows that every point is crucial from the three rounds this weekend.

Iddon added: “How am I going to approach it this weekend? I don’t know really! It’s a good position to be in and I’ve never been in this position before in BSB, but I have been in this position before in other times in my career.

“This year I’ve tried to approach every race race-by-race, lap-by-lap, situation-by-situation and so far it has been pretty good. It’s easier to be the chaser and not the chased so I don’t really care whether I finish second or fifth - it’s the being first against your title rivals that makes the big difference – for the championship standings.

“It’s all to play for and it’s always going to be interesting. You never know how you feel on the bike until you swing a leg over on that first free practice and hopefully I’ll have a good feeling. All I ever do is do my best and I feel good about it. I know that when I get a good feeling, like I had at Snetterton, like I had at Oulton Park, that I’ve got all the pace required to do the job in hand.”

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