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Silverstone BSB: New shock works wonders for pace-setter Iddon

Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon ended the opening day of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Silverstone as the fastest rider out on track. A 2’06.617 was good enough to go P1 in the second free practice session this afternoon.

His team tried out a new shock, which appeared to have worked, as he was able to improve his lap times on the SC0 compound tyre, and the Stockport rider is feeling comfortable onboard his S1000RR.

The ex World Superbike racer is not feeling too excited yet as it is only the first day out on track, and the mixed weather conditions have been far from favourable for the BMW rider, but he is feeling good after lapping a similar time that he did during the test session last week.


“We ran a one for most of the session and a zero for the last few laps. I feel really comfortable on it. It is a shame that we lost this morning as we didn’t do many laps and hate hanging around, and when it’s the first round you are itching to go out there,” said Iddon, speaking to Bikesportnews.com at the track.

“We had a few things that we needed to test. We came in and put in a new setting and then we ‘boshed’ a new tyre in. We made a change to the shock and I am not entirely sure which way we go with it - but I will have a look with what the computer and data says.

“[The shock] is a different sensation on track but from lap times wise it looks like that setting is going in the right direction, and conditions were marginally worse here today than the test last week and I set a similar time to the test last week. I am happy but lets not have a party just yet as it is only Friday but it is a good start.”

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