Oxford Products Racing Ducati
It was a good weekend at Oulton Park despite the changeable weather, huge improvements from both riders and a happy team.
Christian Iddon continued his huge improvement on his opening British Superbike round at Oulton Park this weekend. After finishing Sunday’s Sprint Race in eighth, he went one better today on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati to finish both races in seventh place, looking much more comfortable on the Panigale V4 R.
Oxford Products Racing Ducati #21 – Race 1, 8th, Race 2, 7th – Race 3, 7th.
“I think we have made massive steps forward this weekend, especially today. Made big strides with the bike, and we’re much racier. Definitely making progress, and I’m feeling much comfier on the bike, even between the races today.
Step by step we’re getting there but need to hurry up and get there a bit quicker! Because as still as much can now start to see the front, we need to be at the front and stay there. We keep working, keep moving forward.
The whole weekend in general has been pretty good. We were fast in tricky conditions which is good. It’s a huge improvement on the first round, like night and day! I think if all the stars had aligned today, we would have had a chance to fight for a podium. But we’re just missing that last little bit, so we’ll be searching for it between now and next round.”
Oxford Products Racing Ducati #61 – Race 1, 6th Race 2, 3rd.
The bank holiday Monday at Oulton Park saw a great result for the team after Ben stepped onto the box in the Quattro Group British Supersport feature race.
Starting from fifth on the grid, Ben was down a couple of positions as the opening lap got underway but was soon back into fifth. He passed Luke Jones for fourth on Lap 3, before passing Rhys Irwin for third on the following lap.
Half-way through the 18-lap race Ben was up to second, and by Lap 10 he was leading the race. But a couple of laps later backmarkers came into play, with Ben dropping back to second.
The race was all set for a dramatic conclusion, with Luke Stapleford, Richard Cooper, and Ben in close formation. Ben was unable to make a last-lap lunge into Lodge Corner, but his third-place finish position saw the first Panigale V2 podium for him and the team in British Supersport.
Ben now moves up to third in the championship, just two points from the top of the table.
Iain Hopcroft, Team Manager
“After the recent test at Mallory we came to Oulton with a bit of a base setting for Christian, mainly engine brake control and throttle translation stuff, which I think helped us initially. We had a very positive weekend and we hope to improve the next time we come back to Oulton.
Christian has shown some very good pace, we’ve done some very good laps times on Monday. And he’s obviously extremely good in the wet, and tricky conditions too. It’s always hard to set up a bike for that, but he seems to ride in those conditions very well.
Very happy with Christian and we have lots to improve on and learn and head to Donington Park which should be a great circuit to continue with that progress, and it’s one that Christian has good history with.”
Oxford Racing Ducati
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