Donington BSB: Iddon podium challenge let down by late-race grip

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After struggling initially in both testing and practice, new VisionTrack Ducati rider Christian Iddon made great strides forward in the three Bennetts British Superbike Championship races at Donington Park this weekend to challenge for the podium in each.

The Stockport rider languished outside the top ten for much of practice and qualifying at the Leicestershire venue, eventually lining up in 11th for the opening race of the season.

But he was much more prominent in the three races and ended the weekend with two fourths and an eight and fourth overall in the Championship table.

“It’s been a big learning curve for me this weekend. After we struggled a bit during testing here at Donington and not quite being where we wanted to be in free practice, to be challenging for a podium in the first race felt good although it was of course frustrating to miss out on the podium after all that hard work,” said Iddon speaking at the track.

Iddon was again challenging for a podium in Sunday’s opening race before falling dramatically away in the closing laps, ultimately finishing eighth, an area he admits he needs to work on.

The final race saw him again in the thick of the action before a slight mistake saw him fall away from the podium battle. He crossed the line in fifth but this became fourth after Andrew Irwin’s disqualification.

“In Sunday’s first race, I really struggled, especially in the last third of the race. The final race was better, and I was able to maintain a good pace. I was closing in on the leaders, but I made a minor mistake which let a couple of others past. From then onwards, I fell away and couldn’t manage a final push for the podium.

“Two fourths and an eighth isn’t what I want but we can work with those results. It’s three finishes, loads of data and no crashes so there’s room for improvement and my feeling with the bike is brilliant until the late stages of the race, so we just need to work on that and we’ll be somewhere near.”