Hayfield’s Christian Iddon came away empty handed from the opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island.
The ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse rider worked his way up to tenth and was looking strong before tyre degradation ended his charge.
A crash early in the first practice session, which saw five red flags during a hectic 45 minutes, did little to dampen spirits. Iddon was soon back out on track and went tenth fastest in the first of two qualifying sessions.
A rather more spectacular crash, on a cold tyre, in Saturday’s practice session proved more of an issue. Both Iddon and the bike came off badly, with the former breaking a bone in his ankle. The ParkinGO team worked hard to repair the bike for the final qualifier but Iddon was unable to better his previous time, slipping back to 13th.
Heading up the fifth row of the grid, Iddon made a good getaway and was immediately up into 12th.
Iddon showed good pace and began to climb through the order, reaching tenth before his rear Pirelli tyre began to destroy itself.
The race had already been shortened to 15 laps because of fears regarding tyre wear, but it still proved too much for some. Iddon was struggling for grip and his lap times dropped off dramatically. He dropped back to 21st by the time he saw the chequered flag.