Christian Iddon says he's delighted to leave the 2016 MCE British Superbike season opener with two trophies thanks to two third place finishes to put proof on claims he's a dark horse for the title.
The new Tyco BMW rider enjoyed a dream debut for the Moneymore-based squad after topping Friday's free practice, grabbing a front row start in qualifying and duly converting it into a double podium at Silverstone.
Iddon says he didn't execute his race plan perfectly with a couple of hairy moments but is thrilled with the results which place him third in the BSB riders' championship while also picking up a useful couple of podium credits ahead of the Showdown.
“I'm really happy with the team and set-up at the moment,” Iddon said. “I've really been giving myself a disadvantage by the way I've been getting off the line. I was quite a long way back but felt better on the bike as we made some positive changes between the races because I needed to make passes in the second race which I wasn't able to do in the first race.
“I got forward and then nearly spat myself off at Stowe. It worried me because it spat me so hard it threw some water out of the overflow bottle which was all over the inside of the screen and I wasn't sure if I had some kind of technical issue so I was hesitant until I realised there was nothing wrong.”
Having made set-up changes Iddon felt he would have the race pace to battle for victory but says the lap times both Peter Hickman and Shane Byrne produced at the end of race two were a tall order and paid credit to the duo.
“I was comfortable with five laps to go but the pace Hickman was producing was surprising because we kept going green,” he said. “To see it that late in the race was impressive so well done to Hicky and Shakey. I did think with five laps to go it was going to be my race but maybe I shouldn't count my chickens so quickly.”