Christian Iddon says the MCE British Superbike championship lead is more important than a maiden race win after losing out in last lap duels in both races at Oulton Park.
The Tyco BMW rider's tag as dark horse for the title has been changed to front-runner after claiming the BSB championship lead along with a healthy helping of podium credits thanks to two runner-up spots at the Cheshire track.
Iddon saw his last-lap charge in race one thwarted by eventual winner Leon Haslam before losing the lead into the final corner to Richard Cooper in race two for a maiden BSB win.
Despite missing the top step of the rostrum by such close margins Iddon produced the most of any rider at the second round which gives him a 14-point lead over Shane Byrne, while he also holds the most podium credits of any rider with eight.
“The championship lead and podium credits are more important than winning a race,” Iddon said. “I'm kicking myself for not winning the first one before I felt I had more chance in that. It is what it is but going home with 40 points when you could have easily gone home with zero in dodgy conditions. I'm very happy to stay on and get those points.”
Reflecting on his last-lap battle with Cooper, with pair facing off searching for a maiden win, Iddon feared the Buildbase BMW rider would be stronger under braking into Lodge and his defensive gamble failed to pay off as he crossed the line trailing Cooper by less than two-tenths.
“I'd be strong through the first part of the lap so made the move at Cascades – it wasn't ideal but it had to be done – but he was so strong into the last corner and I missed the corner on the last lap and let him back through,” he said. “I got a bad run out of Druids and spun it up and didn't get the run I'd hoped so I knew I had to commit. I tried to get a gap at Hizzys but I lost the back end there but managed to stay on because I knew he was going on my tail.”