All the cost cutting rules that they do are a load of nonsense. You're not dealing with some wealthy businessmen with some manufacturer support, you're dealing with manufacturers and they'll find ways to make things work.
I think that BSB now is a fantastic championship and I don't doubt for one minute that if I was on the Yamaha or the Honda or any of the bikes that we'd still be winning races because it's the top riders that win races now and not the top bikes.
You've got to take your hats off to Stuart Higgs and Jonathan Palmer for coming up with the formula that they came up with because if you ride good you can win a race and if you ride badly than you won't. That's what we all want.
The EVO spec is one thing but what about the Showdown points format? You've won one title with the Showdown and lost two, what do you think about it?
I've scored the most points twice so in effect I could be sitting here as a five times champion but I'm not because the Showdown has gone against me twice. I'm not a fan of the Showdown and I openly admit it and I'm hoping that the rules for the Showdown will be slightly modified for next year. I've had some conversations with the organisers about it.
Is that just the number of races included or will it also be about the points handicap at the start of the Showdown?
I think that you do way too much work, three quarters of the year, trying to get podium credits. I went from a 30 point lead to a 6 point lead because of the podium credits and I think that's a little bit unfair. At the end of the day, I think that they'll modify that.
You've raced for Aprilia in MotoGP. What were your first thoughts about them coming back and how was your experience working with in 2004?
I think that when I rode for Aprilia they were a fantastic company and they gave me a lot of support. The thing that nobody really takes into account is that they saw me win a BSB title and win two WSBK races then go straight into MotoGP.
It wasn't something that I did just because it was a chance to get into MotoGP. It was a three year deal with a new bike, but at the time Aprilia got bought by Piaggio and they didn't want to go MotoGP racing anymore. So we all just tried to get through the season and call it a day.
I don't doubt that if they'd stuck at it, their history in 125s and 250s and now in WSBK, shows that they know what they're doing. I think that it's great they're coming back and the more manufacturers in MotoGP the better. Whether they'll come back and compete with the likes of Honda and Yamaha straight away is to be seen at a later date.
We'll have to wait and see but I think that it's great that they're coming back to the sport.
You don't seem concerned that your own 2014 plans have not yet been made official...