Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon was once again left as the Bennetts British Superbike Showdown bridesmaid as he missed the top-six cut by less than ten points.
Iddon had a slim chance of making into the final analysis this weekend and despite a big crash in qualifying on Saturday, his chances increased when Showdown rivals also suffered calamities of their own - and some of their own doing.
But in the last race of the day, Iddon ground to a halt on lap 10 when his S1000RR gave up at Knickerbrook and Andrew Irwin had nowhere to go but into the back of the almost-stationary BMW. Fortunately both riders stayed on.
“We came into the weekend with an outside chance and at one point all the stars seem to be aligning, in the end it wasn’t to be,” said Iddon.
I am happy with how I am riding, it was a reasonably strong weekend in terms of results. I am now just looking forward to finishing the season on a high.”
Iddon took fifth and seventh-place finishes away from Oulton and team boss Philip Neill says the Stockport rider should be happy with his season, given how badly broken his leg was mid-season.
“The final Showdown qualifying round is always a tense affair and this year’s edition was no exception with three important races over the two days,” said Neill.
“A showdown position is always the target and for Christian to put himself in contention for this after suffering a broken leg at Knockhill is commendable, I’m sure if there was an endeavour award in BSB it would be in Christian’s hands.”