Alstare Junior Bimota are running as a one rider team for the MCE British Superbike round of Silverstone, as lack of funds means there is no room in the budget to run two bikes, like they did at Assen. During the last round British rider Christian Iddon stepped in to wildcard, but does not feature this weekend.
Team manager Benjamin Bata has told bikesportnews.com that even though the former World Superbike Evo rider is not on the starting grid this weekend, it doesn’t mean that he won’t feature at the last round of Brands Hatch. They are hoping that Iddon might ride as his knowledge of the Bimota and the English tracks can benefit young Frenchman, Christophe Ponsson.
Iddon was left without a ride a few weeks ago when his Alstare team in World Superbikes failed to meet homologation rules when it came to the Bimota machine, leaving him free to compete for the Junior squad in Assen.
The Alstare Junior outfit really hope that they can be in the BSB championship next year, with a two rider team, but are unsure if Iddon will be part of it, as the Alstare team in World Superbikes could still meet homologation rules for next year, and Iddon could be part of that team on the world stage in 2015. At the moment Bata and Ponsson are enjoying being part of the BSB family, and hope that other European teams join the series.
“We are really enjoying our time here in Superbikes in BSB, we really feel that people like us too. We would like to come back next year with the same crew and same racer,” said Bata, speaking to bikesportnews.com from the track.
“But we would like another rider, especially an Englishman who knows the tracks here, and I think it will be really interesting. But the problem is always sponsorship, but we want to be here on the Bimota.
“Our budget is good for one season but with two riders it gets expensive, Chris helped us at Assen but we can’t run a bike this weekend, but hopefully at the next round – maybe. We would like other teams from the Italian championship to come here too.”