Christian Iddon Wins The First Race Of The Weekend And His First Win Of The 2021 Season.
It was perfect racing conditions at Knockhill, it’s been 741 days since the Superbike Class last raced at the Scottish Circuit!
As the race got under-way it was Jason O’Halloran who led the pack into Duffus Dip followed by Christian Iddon. Ryan Vickers made a strong start and got into sixth position, Iddon took first place from O’Halloran on the second lap. Buchan snatched second place from O’Halloran putting the Australian back to third place. On lap five Rory Skinner put in the fastest lap whilst being sixth place.
At the end of lap six Buchan took first place off Iddon as he ran wide at Taylor’s Hairpin, Two laps later at the same place Buchan had a moment and slipped back to fourth place, FHO Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman got up to third place. Tommy Bridewell made up some positions and got into eighth place, just in front of Tarran Mackenzie.
Iddon was leading the pack and managed to pull a gap on O’Halloran, Buchan was on the move and took third place from Hickman with three laps to go. Mid pack Brookes, Ryde and Lee Jackson were all battling for tenth place. On the final lap O’Halloran was gaining on Iddon with Buchan hot on their tail! Iddon managed to hold off his main championship rival O’Halloran and took his first win of the 2021 season.
FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman had a mechanical issue on the last lap and was unable to finish, giving a fourth place to Brad Ray, Rory Skinner finished in fifth, Mackenzie finished in sixth place, which would of been a relief to the Scottish born rider, Tommy Bridewell also made some positions up finishing in eighth place, Brookes finished in tenth place, Honda’s Glenn Irwin was down in 12th place.
SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad’s Danny Buchan in on pole for race two tomorrow, with Christian Iddon in second place and Rory Skinner in third place. There is just 10 points separating O’Halloran and Iddon in the championship standings, who will be standing on the top step of the podium in tomorrow’s race two? Race Two is tomorrow at 13:30.
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