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Knockhill: Qualifying slip-up sees Iddon stuck in ‘shark pit’

Christian Iddon has lamented his qualifying fall for hampering his race weekend at Knockhill which was also hit by a misty helmet visor in race two.
Christian Iddon has lamented his qualifying fall for hampering his race weekend at Knockhill with two underwhelming finishes and was also curtailed by helmet visor problems in the wet race two.

The Tyco BMW rider says his slip-off in the wet during the Q2 session anchored him to a 15th place start in race one which he feels ultimately caused his difficult weekend.

After taking 14th in the dry Iddon improved in the wet race two with 10th place but a misty visor prevented him from making any further headway.

“Both Michael and I had visor issues in the second race and I couldn't see the track in front of me it just got worse and worse,” Iddon said. “It summed up a frustrating weekend. If I hadn't made a stupid mistake in qualifying there was no reason I couldn't have been on ole in those conditions.

“I just lost the front and lost concentration. I was waiting for the track to dry and forced the bars where I shouldn't of and lost the front to go over and that was the end of qualifying for me.

“That would have put us in a different group for the races. I hadn't had great pace in the dry but was around fifth to eighth all weekend which would have been quite nice considering the results we gone home with. One slip up can wreck a weekend.”

Despite taking just a handful of points from the Scottish round Iddon has held on to third in the MCE British Superbike championship, one point ahead of Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper, and feels his frustrating results were maximised by the highly competitive block of riders all vying for the top six Showdown spots.

“I've just got to suck it and I am still third in the championship, god knows how!” Iddon added. “I don't think it is about people not having perfect rounds I think it is because there are so many up there all the time.

"It can work in your favour but can also work against you when you queue behind. But when you are in that group you are in the shark pit and it is pretty aggressive.”
by Haydn Cobb


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