Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Impact Images Posted: 03 Oct 2015
Bennetts Suzuki’s Christian Iddon has said he’s ‘chuffed to bits’ to have qualified on the front row for tomorrow’s first British Superbike race at Silverstone following a breakthrough for the team in the morning’s free practice session.
Iddon struggled with a lack of feeling on Friday at the Northamptonshire track but a few tweeks in the morning session saw a massive improvement and he was able to run strong times throughout qualifying to progress to Q3 with ease.
A time of 2’04.530 was enough to secure Iddon his first front row start of the season from his first flying lap in the Q3 session.
“I’m chuffed to bits to be fair,” Iddon said talking to Bike Social after the session. “I was a bit surprised, I had Hopper a couple of seconds in front of me as a reference and I knew he had gapped me on that lap and then my dash came up with a 2’04.5 and I thought my dash was broke!
“Obviously it wasn’t! Josh [Brookes] is doing unbelievable things at the moment, he’s been doing it for the last few rounds and has carried that form through but I’m thrilled to be on the front row.”
Iddon has suffered a tough year with the Bennetts Suzuki team with things just not coming together for the Bolton-based outfit despite showing flashes of pace but after this morning’s changes, Iddon is confident they can have a strong end to the season.
“The team keep working hard and we’ve been chasing our tail a lot and it’s been difficult. We’ve been able to show flashes of speed here there and everywhere but we haven’t been able to maintain it. That’s been my gripe all year with the bike, I haven’t been able to race with it or be consistent with it but now I feel a little bit happier. Even in the last lap of qualifying I made a mistake and ran on at turn one, I knew I wasn’t going to go any quicker but I wanted to see if I could keep going and I was able to do a 2’06 flat after rolling off the gas. To do that yesterday my nuts would have been hanging out of my pants!
“It’s a lot easier to do it now which bodes a lot better for the race and I think it’ll help with tyre wear too which is something else we’ve been struggling with this year. I don’t want to jinx it but chatter has been a niggle for us but since we changed the settings this morning that has been pretty much gone but we’ve still got a bit more to do. We’ve lost a bit of front end feel with what we’ve done but it’s not horrendous.
“Where we’ve been so far hasn’t been through lack of effort so hopefully we can turn our qualifying pace into results tomorrow.”