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Iddon: WSBK, WSS and Moto2 options for 2014
24 November 2013
Christian Iddon says he is considering his options for 2014 having received interest from teams at Superbike, Supersport and Moto2 level.
The British rider made his World Supersport Championship debut in 2013 aboard the brand-new ParkinGO MV Agusta and, after an initially difficult start to the year, began to show encouraging form during the season half of the season.
Peaking with a podium finish at Magny-Cours after an eye-catching race-long battle for the win with Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu, Iddon says his eventual 15th in the standings did not reflect a year in which he was also developing a new machine.
"The 2013 season was very nice. The championship result was really bad but this was not a true reflection of our season and in my opinion it was a very positive year. We knew immediately with a new bike things are never easy because you go to circuits and have no data to work from. From the middle of the season we found a nice base setting so even in the new tracks to me I was able to be comfortable quite quickly. As soon as we found this direction things became much easier.
“There was also some missed opportunities even early in the year, like Assen, when I did not make good use of the bike and also Donington, when I was caught in a crash from 3rd position. From Silverstone onwards the bike became my bike and I was more comfortable, but also the racing was quite frustrating. We had quite a different engine characteristic to some other bikes so I was able to do lap times alone but racing was very difficult and the middle part of the season was like this.
“Turkey was a big turning point because the track was dirty and I could slide the bike and the power was not important, then in Magny-Cours we had a small engine upgrade but it made a very big difference. We were able to take the podium there and I think Turkey and Jerez would have also been in the top-3 but we were very unlucky with some technical issues."
Looking ahead, with MV Agusta switching allegiance from ParkinGO to reigning champions Yakhnich Motorsport for 2014, Iddon says he has attracted some interesting offers, including in World Superbikes.
"At the moment I do not know. There are some options and we have to evaluate them. Of course if I stay in World Supersport my goal will be to win but this is World Championship, it's very easy to say the words but very difficult to do it, but that would be the goal.
“Then there is possibly the chance to move to WSBK, this is very interesting to me because I like the power of the 1000cc. Even if I have to be in the new EVO class it would be quite a nice step.
“Then of course there is Moto2. It is something again very interesting to me because you have very similar equipment and you have to fight hard! This excites me a lot but at the moment nothing is secure. I hope to have everything finalised quite soon."