Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon ended the MCE British Superbike test at Oulton Park second fastest on the combined timesheets, but even though he was only 0.1s off the quickest lap of the day in the final session, he felt that he made a wrong call concerning the front end, and the last outing, in his eyes was ‘not perfect’.
But what Iddon was pleased with was just how relaxed he was on the BMW and how happy he is with his team, and even though in his mind he did not have a ‘perfect’ final session, he still came into the pits with a smile on his face.
He was never outside the top six times throughout the majority of each testing session, but did experience some tyre degradation out on the track. But the majority of the test was about making sure Iddon was comfortable out on the bike.
“We came here with a set-up from Silverstone and it didn’t really work too good in the first session, and then we modified it a bit and we went more towards the setting they had here last year,” said Iddon, speaking to Bikesportnews.com at the circuit.
“It seemed to work a bit better, but still not perfectly forming. Then we were also chasing rear tyre wear - I don’t know if it is because the track is so dirty, we had a lot of degradation on the tyre and a lot of tearing.
“The last session I really enjoyed. It was not perfect - I made a call on the front end that was wrong, but I think I came in after the session with a big smile on my face. I am happy that we are able to keep chipping away. It is surprising how a small change can make a big difference to the BMW.
“It was just to do with pre-load but it completely modified the balance of the bike and it went from pretty good to being pretty bad, and we went straight back. But it was handy to know that one or two turns of pre-load can modify the balance of the bike so much, and that is something we need to keep an eye on.
“I am not going to get too excited and I will keep plugging away. I feel relaxed with the team and the bike and I have got a good team of boys who support me and I have got to crack on and enjoy it.”