Christian Iddon has pushed himself to the front of the queue for a MCE British Superbike Showdown spot by topping the wet Friday practice for Tyco BMW.

The 32-year-old rider bolted clear of the BSB pack in the wet FP2 to top the session by 1.5 seconds from Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne having felt instantly comfortable in the soaking conditions after thunderstorms hit Silverstone in the afternoon.

Iddon says he felt comfortable with his race pace in the wet but with an uncertain weather forecast for the rest of the Silverstone weekend the triple-header is likely to be run in mixed conditions.

“It has been really difficult with the conditions due to the amount of rain, particularly in FP1 with a lot of standing water, so you had to be really careful,” Iddon said. “The different tarmac also changes how the track dries so it can be like riding on eggshells at times but we managed to take second which was alright.

“Then we had a very heavy shower just before the start of FP2 which delayed the start due to the conditions but they were actually better than this morning so we got some useful running despite the wet track. It was a good session for us. The bike feels good despite the rain, as we’ve not had much wet running at all this year, so we didn’t have a great deal to go off.

“The Tyco BMW boys have done a great job and I’m happy on the bike. Sometimes in the wet the bike can feel quite stiff but I had more sensation from it today so I could push on more lap on lap.”

Assessing his BSB Showdown chances Iddon says the first race of the triple-header will be attacked like any other before assessing where he stands in the BSB championship to maximise his chance to break into the top six.

Iddon is currently eighth in the BSB standings but sits just eight points off sixth-placed Luke Mossey – while 25 points split him from Jason O’Halloran in fourth.

“I don’t think many people will be thinking about the championship in race one it will be about getting points and then making a plan for Sunday,” he said. “Shakey, Haslam and Hickman all look pretty safe unless they do something stupendous for us, but from O’Halloran onwards there is only 25 points splitting us and he’s fourth so it is really close.

“When you’ve got that many people it makes it really interesting when the situation is four or five guys going for a top six spot.

“It is going to be a real dog fight and it is a really interesting quartet in front of me; Jake has such a super raw talent, Josh who everyone will expect to be in the Showdown, Luke who comes back from injury, but it is a strong track for him and Jason is just ahead of that.

“I’m in control of my destiny and how I ride and together with the team we can control how we set the bike up for the races. We just have to be collectively better than the guys ahead of us, because one thing we can’t control is what they all do.”



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