Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 21 Sep 2014
Christian Iddon has said he would love to complete the British Superbike season aboard the Alstare Bimota after clinching pole position during a wildcard entry at Assen.
Iddon signed for the Alstare Bimota squad to compete in the World Superbike championship this season but missed the first round after the Italian manufacturer was unable to meet the FIM’s homologation requirements. An exception was then granted for the team to compete in the series without scoring points, with Iddon and team mate Ayrton Badovini showing strong pace with the BMW-powered BB3. World Superbike organisers had given Bimota a deadline to produce enough units to meet homologation requirements but once again they were unable to meet the number required and were subsequently withdrawn from the series.
“Unfortunately Bimota couldn’t make enough units in time for us to continue competing in World Superbike but that’s the way it is, we saw it coming” said Iddon speaking to Bike Social. “It was always in my plan that should we not be able to ride the full Superbike season that I wanted to do some wildcards in British Superbike as I love racing in front of a home crowd, I know it’s not exactly a home crowd here but there are still a lot of people over. I love racing motorbikes so it was always part of the plan.”
Although he’s competing in the British championship this weekend, Iddon is keen to return to the World Superbike grid next season and is hoping Bimota will be there too.
“We might have been aware that the World Superbike situation would creep up on us eventually but I can’t say I’m not devastated about it. The Bimota is really good, the chassis is good, the BMW engine is good and the electronic side is the electronic side, it is what it is, a few other bikes have slightly better standard kits but it is what it is. Next year the World Superbike rules are a bit different and as long as we get everything right and we can enter, the Bimota will be a good bike to be on. I don’t know the plan so fingers crossed.
“It’s great to be here in British Superbikes but I’d really like to be back in Worlds. It’s nice to be able to keep riding as I’m still learning, I’ve not had a great deal of time on a superbike this is something like my tenth race on one. I’m still adapting, I still ride a bit like I’m on a supersport bike so the more riding I do the better I get. Having eight weeks off sleeping, working and sticking my thumb up my bum hasn’t helped!”
Iddon has shown top ten pace across the weekend at Assen and struck gold with pole position in a wet qualifying session on Saturday. He’s confident that with a bit of work, the BB3 could win races in BSB.
“Getting pole was a surprise, a good one like having a second Christmas. Before the session my girlfriend said ‘I want one of those watches’ and I went ‘how do you get one of them?’ She explained the way it works so I guess she’ll be peaking! The dry pace still isn’t there, we’re probably two or three tenths off the top three but there are so many riders doing that sort of time. BSB is incredible, the level of competition is absolutely massive. The lap times are really comparable to World Superbike’s EVO class and the rules are a little similar with BSB bikes just a little faster overall. The top twelve here could go to World Superbike and have a good old dingdong at the sharp end. I came into this weekend expecting that but I didn’t expect to be as rusty as I was. I know how hard the boys have working this weekend to make the bike smooth to ride and they did a great job for that session!
“I’d love to complete the rest of the British Superbike season, and the Spanish, the Greek, the Estonian and if there are any other races going that you know of then let’s crack on. Seriously, I’d love to continue here and develop the bike because I think there are a few guys interested in running it here. It’s nice to show it’s potential, it’s such a new bike so to be able to compete with the Japanese manufacturers right away is great. We’ve got a stock engine in it at the moment, I’m not sure if it’d make the lap time much better but it’d certainly help in the races. If we can sort out the few niggles we’ve got with the bike, I think we can compete at the front.”