BRITISH SUPERBIKE

BUILDBASE SUZUKI PROGRESS AT OULTON PARK BSB


Team Suzuki Press Office – May 3.

Christian Iddon: Suzuki GSX-R1000R – 7-7-14
Danny Kent: Suzuki GSX-R1000R – 21-19-DNF



Buildbase Suzuki’s Christian Iddon raced to two seventh place finishes and set a new Oulton Park personal best time at the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, highlighting the ongoing progress the team is making as he continues to adapt to the 2022 GSX-R1000R Superbike.

Tricky weather and track conditions for qualifying at the Bank Holiday weekend triple header meant a 17th place and sixth row grid spot for Iddon, but a lightning start to race one saw him in 10th at the end of the opening lap. Slotting into the second group he picked up another three positions to take seventh at the flag, less than five seconds off a podium spot.

He repeated the result in race two on Monday, again embroiled in a battle in the second group, and in race three he was running in sixth place until a snapped footrest hanger caused him to drop down the order. He continued running and salvaged two points in 14th place. However, there were plenty of positives to take from the weekend’s performances.

Christian Iddon:

“I’m really pleased with how we’ve worked as a team all weekend; there are loads of positives to take and we’ve made real progress. From session to session the team made little changes to the bike and we just kept chipping away and we were fast this weekend. We made life hard for ourselves in qualifying; I’d never ridden the bike on wets and it was a bit of a disaster to start 17th because we had pace. But 17th to seventh was good. I wanted to try and get away with the front group in race two but I didn’t make as much early progress and got a bit baulked on the early laps. We were finally with that leading group in race three but we’ll never know if we could have run with them as the footrest hanger snapped. I learned to ride around it and we scraped two points. It’s a real shame and it’s cost us valuable points, but it’s no one’s fault, it’s racing. But we’ve genuinely got lots to take away, and the pace was crazy: I’ve never lapped Oulton Park that fast before. Hopefully we can keep building from here and challenge the front group at Donington.”

His teammate Danny Kent had three difficult races after a positive start to the weekend that saw him 11th in the first free practice session. Sadly, a brake issue ultimately forced him to retire in race three. He finished 21st and 19th in the previous two races, struggling to find the feeling he needed.

Danny Kent:

“It was a very difficult weekend for me. After a positive test I was hoping for better. I just struggled with the feeling, especially in the races, really, and we also had some braking issues which didn’t help and also caused me to struggle with my arms and fatigue. We’ve got two weeks now to look at what happened and come out stronger and Donington.”

Race one result: 1. Bradley Ray, 2. Rory Skinner, 3. Kyle Ryde, 7. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R), 21. Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R).

Race two result: 1. Bradley Ray, 2. Lee Jackson, 3. Leon Haslam, 7. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R), 19. Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R).

Race three result: 1. Lee Jackson, 2. Tommy Bridewell, 3. Bradley Ray, 14. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R), DNF. Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000R).

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