BSB » EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Colin Wright, Airwaves Ducati.

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Arron Danson

May 21, 2008 12:17 PM

I love the comment
"The problem is that nobody – Ducati or the factory team – has tested the bike with this sort of weight added and therefore we can''t guarantee the safety of either the parts fitted or the weight fitted and we don''t know about the stability of the bike, the brakes, or whether it is going to stress the engine more."

Brakes, engine, safety ??? so there has never been a rider that weighed 10 kg''s more than the heaviest BSB/Ducati combo? or 4kgs more than the current WSB/Ducati combo? hmm

Makes poor reading as an engineer. Soapbox stuff.

Andy T - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 12:20 PM
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Well now that we have Airwaves'' version, maybe we can get the response from Stuart Higgs at MCRCB, from Colin Wright''s point of view it does seem pretty unfair, as he says if Crutchlow hadn''t fallen off so much he''d be a handful of points behind Shakey.

Will be interesting to hear Stuart Higgs'' response, suppose he''s just Jonathan Palmers mouthpiece these days, go on Crash get the low down and well done for great reporting.

We're trying to speak to Stuart Higgs of the MCRCB, but so far he's been 'unavailable'... we'll keep trying -

Tim Davis - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 12:24 PM

Such a shame that politics makes an appearance yet again to ruin a decent championship like BSB, can't we just have a straight clean fight between the best in the business?

Can't wait to hear CRCB's reasons for changing their minds yet again, who the hell is running the show, MCRCB or the teams, will be fascinating to find out, although I doubt it from Higgs.

Crash 27 - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 12:27 PM

You're right, as an engineer, it is poorly thought out reasoning.

You would think a clever team intent on winning the title with
the posiible threat of added weight during the season sometime,
would have been testing with added weight, just to be prepared.

I'm sure Ducati Corse has tested the Xerox WSBK bikes with the
maximum weight and smallest restrictors just to see what effect
they would have.

Crash 27 - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 12:31 PM

I still think they do have an advantage, but in this
circumstance, Airwaves have been hard done-by.

You could never rightfully expect such a late decision
by the organisers to be made, but I think Airwaves, with
the title in mind, could have been better prepared.

Jay Long

May 21, 2008 12:48 PM

Airwaves should have been prepared for this (I'd be surprised if Ducati hadn't already tested this), and the MCRCB should have clearly stated the calculations they would use and when they would look at imposing the additional weight as they have done in WSBK.

The most annoying thing about the domestic superbike classes is that they don't just use the same rules as WSBK. It would be great to see wild cards back at the "local" WSBK meetings and the same ruleset used across the championships. The AMA championship is taking yet another route to all the others.

binza - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 12:50 PM

Airwaves must have known that this penalty MIGHT have to be implemented if they had an obvious advantage,why have they not tried the bikes with some weight added so they have some data to work with?
When the season started i thought "great control tyres,level playing field & close racing" but it hasn't turned out that way.For a start Ducati have 1200cc engine & (WSBK) also quite a lot of Pirelli experience too.
The biggest example of the advantage they had was at Oulton when Shaky missed his braking,dropped back to 12th,then sailed back up through the field to win.
If they must add weight better now than when Shaky has already won the championship,which on current form will be JUNE!!

Martin - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 1:32 PM

Safety issues aside, it seems very unfair to give any team 4 days notice of a change designed specifically to handicap them. If HM Plant then take over as the dominant team (which is most likely), will they get the 10Kg penalty in a months time? That will probably hand an advantage to Tom Sykes, will he alone get the 10Kg penalty as his team mate is still learning the tracks?! It'll become more like BTCC rules but without any written regulations determining when, why or how penalties will be administered.

Michael - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 1:51 PM

Let them go. It is long known that Ducati is fully controlling tailoring regulations for WSBK and other championships. BSB should go on at least with extra weight and show the way to WSBK. Obviously WSBK FIM Dorna are trying to misguide public opinion by posting that so far in 5 races they had so many different winners!! But they are not saying that Bayliss and Sunky are gathering points in every race. Show them the door or restrict the inlets as they did to the 1000cc few years ago. Extra weight is not limiting the bike but the rider, obviously Bayliss will bead my ZX10R 08 even if he rides a Harly..

binza - Unregistered

May 21, 2008 1:55 PM

Just a thought,but what would happen if Shaky or Camier had to miss a round of BSB & they had to find another rider to stand-in,however the rider they wanted weighed 10kgs more than them! What would they do?

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