Stockport racer Christian Iddon claimed a pair of top ten results in the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.
Inside the top ten throughout the three free practice sessions, the Tyco BMW rider was left back in 13th in qualifying, despite being just six-tenths of a second off the pole lap of Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey.
Race one around the Kent venue was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Iddon, eventually grabbing ninth place at the flag, and claiming seventh place on the grid for the second and final race of the weekend.
Christian was up to sixth after lap one, dropping back to seventh a lap later, and looked to have settled, but a mistake on lap ten, entering Surtees Bend, saw the former Supermoto Champ drop to tenth place and continue there to the flag, despite every effort to claw back a place off James Ellison, the Kawasaki rider beating Iddon to the flag by just a tenth of a second.
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Iddon drops to ninth place in the overall standings, but just 17npoints off team-mate Michael Laverty in fourth spot – with 25 points on offer for a win it’s all to play for.
Iddon said: “It was a frustrating weekend, always just off the pace; I’m talking a tenth-and-a-half, and that’s all we needed.
“I don’t think I’ve ever ridden that hard for ninth and tenth place ever in my life. There’s obviously something we’re missing at the moment. Which is hard to take.”
The BSB Championship now moves on to Cadwell Park, in Lincolnshire, for round eight on the 27-29 August.