BSB Brands finale: Iddon happy to be ‘best non-Australian in the standings’

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Like a number of other riders, the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season was the best ever for Christian Iddon.

A maiden win in the series, a total of eight podiums and third in the Championship were all personal bests for the Tyneside-based rider but he admitted there was a tinge of disappointment as his season came to an end.

Lining up for Paul Bird’s VisionTrack Ducati for the first time, filing the shoes vacated by outgoing Champion Scott Redding, naturally came with its own pressure but the truth is that Iddon excelled with the Silverstone meeting being the only one where he failed to deliver and that was largely down to tyre performance, not the rider’s.

Despite losing considerable ground in Northamptonshire, Iddon was able to claw his way back into title contention, courtesy of four successive second place finishes, and he came into Brands Hatch just seven points adrift of team-mate Josh Brookes.

However, despite another strong meeting – where he took second, third and fourth – the Australian’s prowess around the GP circuit saw him come out on top and Iddon had to settle for third behind Brookes and Jason O’Halloran.

“When I left the pre-season test at Donington Park in 18th place, I would have settled for third in the championship but in reality, I’m disappointed,” Iddon said afterwards.

“To take it to the final race of the season was always the plan and we did that but congratulations to Jason and, of course, my team-mate Josh for winning the title.

“I can’t thank Paul (Bird) and the whole team enough, they have been superb and to end up first and third in the championship is a fantastic effort – and I guess I should be happy being the best non-Australian in the standings.”