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Christian Iddon - Q&A

The massive strength is the chassis, it's absolutely phenomenal and the front end is spectacular. It's amazing, it really is.

The weakness all season has been the engine. At the first round we didn't realise what a deficit we had because Philip Island is such a flowing circuit. We went there with 1 days testing done and we were instantly running top 10 pace and in the race probably would have scored top 10 were it not for the tyre which proper fell apart.

So we left there thinking 'Great, this is just the start of it we can continue running top 10'. We then got back to Europe and Aragon and it was a massive shock to the system. We were at a different style of track that needed a lot of grunt out of corners and we were basically nowhere.

The top end of the motor is there when you eventually get there. What has troubled us all season is basically second or third gear roll on and anything which needed any power out of corners. Basically the opposite of what you'd think from a triple and very different from the old Triumph. The new MV and Triumph are very similar though, they're much shorter stroke and rev a lot harder. The MV's more like a 4 cylinder or perhaps a 3 1/2 - it didn't have the torque of a 3 or the top end of a 4 cylinder.

For the first part of the season it depended on which track we went to. At Donington the bike was amazing, if I hadn't got involved in a little collision we had a chance of a podium there, Assen wasn't too bad but at other places we were absolutely nowhere and there was nothing we could do about it.

Crash.net:
What factors came together to allow you to run so strongly at Magny-Cours?

Christian Iddon:
The last few rounds before that we'd finally managed to find a good base setting and we don't have to change a good deal. I can just set up and go fairly hard from the off. Donington was the first real show of speed we had and our p2 qualifying at Assen showed what we could do, it was just that we had to be able to do it regularly.

At Silverstone things started to click, it's a fast track, but it's not a power track. You keep the speed up and it flows. From then on it's all been going well except for the fact that we were being passed on the straights a lot like you could see at Nurburgring.

At Magny-Cours we had our first engine upgrade of the season which was only three horsepower but all of a sudden I wasn't being passed down every straight. Before we were an easier target than we should have been and then we had to work harder in the corners.

At Magny-Cours it was the first time that I could control the race a little more the way I wanted to. In the race I felt that we were slightly down on power but only very slightly, I could sit at the front and lead the race, which was very nice.

I could sit in Kenan and Sam's slipstream. I was never going to pass them down the straights but they weren't going to drop me.

Crash.net:
You mention that you got an engine upgrade, what MV factory involvement is there in the team?

Christian Iddon:


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