ALEX Cudlin hopes to know within six weeks whether he’ll get a start in the world superbikes in 2015.
Alex Cudlin could be riding in the World Superbike Championship in 2015.
Cudlin, the four-time Qatar superbike champion, made his world superbike debut at Qatar a fortnight ago.
While the results weren’t great – he crashed in the first race while a loose handle bar saw him pull out of the second – he was relatively happy with the overall outcome and hopeful.
“It was a shame really because we put in a good performance at practice,” he said.
“Where I was running in both races was probably above where we should have been.”
However, he described it as a ‘nice experience being in the world superbike paddock.’
More importantly, he was able to show the teams what he is capable of.
“They know what I can do now,” he said.
“You never know what might eventuate, but it has opened some doors.”
If he’s going to WSBK he’d prefer it all be finalised in six weeks.
“The dates aren’t out yet, but the first round won’t be until April I’d say, so really I could get an offer in March or even April and still go,” he said.
However, he’s not keen on that scenario. If he’s going to compete on the world superbike stage he wants everything in place well before then.
Cudlin’s happy with life at the moment, racing in Qatar and also riding in the World Endurance Championship.
“It would have to be a good deal to leave,” he said.
He’d also want to be in a team that’s competitive.
Cudlin received the offer to ride with the Pedercini Kawasaki Team in Qatar after one of their riders was injured.
“They knew I’d be in Qatar and won the championship there four times and that I’ve ridden there about a million times,” he explained.
“So that’s how it came about.”
Should Cudlin accept a world superbike offer he’ll have to relocate with his wife, Amy, to Europe. They can still live in Taree while he’s in the Qatar championship.
“There’s 14 rounds to the world superbikes and most of them are in Europe,” he explained.
“So we’d have to go there.
“But that’s no big deal. We’ve both lived in Europe before.”
However, the arrangements they’d have to make to shift is another reason Cudlin said he wanted to know reasonably soon if he was going.
Cudlin is 28. He said he didn’t want to leave it much longer if he was going to the superbikes.
“I think I’d like to be under 30 if I went there, although Troy (Bayliss) was in his early 30s before he started, so it’s not unrealistic to go later.”
So now it’s just a case of waiting to see what eventuates.
“All the cards are on the table now,” he said.
“I’ll just see what happens from here.
“But as I said, I’d like something concrete in place in the next six weeks.”
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