Christian Iddon will return to competitive action aboard the controversial Bimota BB3 after being moved to spearhead the manufacturer's effort in the MCE British Superbike Championship in Assen.

Iddon, together with experienced team-mate Ayrton Badovini, had been enjoying a strong year aboard the Alstare-prepared machine in the World Superbike Championship, but Bimota's failure to meet production demands for homologation have seen it suspended from seeing out the remainder of the 2014 season.

Nonetheless, Iddon will instead step over to Alstare Bimota's 'Junior' team to compete in the first of three BSB 'Title Showdown' rounds, the British rider joining with Christophe Ponsson in an expanded two-man effort.

A circuit that saw Iddon score his first British championship in in the Supersport class in 2012 - which preceded his move onto the world stage the following year -, Iddon is looking forward to getting back to competition after an extended break.

"I am really excited to race at Assen because we have had such a long break in our calendar - I just hope I haven't forgotten how to ride, it feels it has been that long! Assen is a mega track and for me it will be great to be back in front of a BSB crowd again. I know lots of fans that are going over so it should be a really big event.

"We have raced at Assen already in WSB, so I feel pretty lucky that we can have another go next weekend! The specification of the bike is obviously different between the two championships but the track knowledge should certainly play into our hands. When we raced there earlier in the year the Bimota was in its infancy in terms of development and I feel that as a team we have made big steps forward with it since then, so it will be good to see the difference.

"The racing in BSB has been fantastic this season and I know how good the competition is as I have raced there before - they are world class riders on the grid. I know there are the top six and the Showdown but to be honest I think the whole field is closer in BSB at the moment. Looking at the lap times, there is very little between them. I want to help Christophe and the team with the development and enjoy the weekend but at the same time I know it will be cut-throat once my race brain engages on track!"

Alstare Bimota Junior joined the BSB ranks from Thruxton with youngster Ponsson in an effort to bolster Bimota's global presence beyond WSBK.



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