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Assen BSB: Iddon ‘pleasantly surprised’ with maiden pole

Alstare Bimota Junior’s newest recruit, Christian Iddon certainly made an impact during his first MCE British Superbike race weekend with his new team at Assen. The rider was competing in World Superbikes for the Alstare team onboard the Bimota bike in the Evo class a few weeks ago, but now has a wildcard ride with the crew in BSB.

Due to homologation rules the team were forced to pull out of the world stage, leaving Iddon without a ride – until now. He is wildcarding this weekend and the wet conditions seemed to have suited the Stockport rider, as he topped the qualifying timesheets to bag his maiden pole after a 1’52.261.

Iddon still holds the lap record in the Motorpoint British Supersport class at the track, and it appears that it is a circuit he enjoys. He has hailed the mixed conditions as a ‘god send’ but is not getting too excited as he still feels he needs to improve his dry weather pace, for the races tomorrow.


“Really surprised with debut pole, but it is nothing to get too excited about as we still need the pace in the dry. The team have done a great job and we only had the wiring loom on Thursday, but in the dry we are still not quite there but the rain was a god send for me,” said Iddon, at the track.

“Soon as I worked out what the rules were, I went out there but every lap was getting much drier and drier. I didn’t think I would get pole as a made a mess of my final lap and missed a gear, but I managed to keep pole.

“So I am pleasantly surprised but thanks to the Junior team for letting me race. At the moment it is just this race weekend, but hopefully they will let me do some more.”

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