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Morgan sceptical over new BSB rules
19 January 2012
MSS Colchester Kawasaki boss Nick Morgan remains unconvinced the implementation of new regulations preventing teams from using electronic-aids such as traction control is a 'wise move'.
Morgan has completed the signings of two riders for this year's British Superbike Championship, but their identity won't be unveiled until the end of this month.
Analysing the changeover to the new rules, Morgan is less opposed to the decision that he was a year ago, but remains sceptical the move is a step in the right direction.
“Last year when we were going through the final stages of discussion regarding the new rules for BSB, to be honest I wasn't a fan - I really thought it was a backward step,” he told Crash.net.
“A lot of teams including ourselves had spent a lot of money on the Magneti Marelli electronics, so to take that system off and put it in a cupboard didn't make any sense. Looking at it now objectively, it's certainly better for new teams coming in.
“I guess in time, once things level out, it will be better for teams like ourselves, but I'm not sure that a 200bhp motorbike with no traction control or form of electronic control is the wisest move in the world, but we'll see at Brands Hatch I guess.”
The MSS chief faces a new rival this season in the form of Paul Bird's Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki squad, but Morgan is unfazed by the Cumbrian entrepreneur's return to the series.
“It's fantastic for the championship that Paul is coming back because he has a professional team, a very strong team that is obviously well funded. I'm not really fazed about Paul's team coming back, it's just another racing competitor, another team to beat for us.
“Unfortunately it has had a slightly adverse effect on us budget-wise, but we've just got to get on with it really and do what we have to do. It's no different to competing against the likes of HM Plant Honda or any of the other big teams.
“I'm looking forward to this season; we've a couple of good riders on board and we've still a good interest in the Superstock 1000 class because we had a strong year last year with Danny [Buchan] and Howie [Mainwaring],” he added.
“Regarding BSB, our bikes will be good and the chassis works really well which is obviously very important for the forthcoming season. We have a few little issues with tyre wear, but nothing we can't overcome at the first few tests we're going to do.
“Until you actually get to Brands Hatch for that first round you just never know how you're going to fare, but the team is good and I'm looking forward to working with the two new riders that we've got and we've got to have a go.
“We had a good start to last season with Stuart [Easton] and Gary [Mason] and a good rostrum position and for me it proved the team had moved up a gear and that's what we've got to do for 2012.”
Morgan has also committed to running a two-man team in the Superstock 1000 Championship, with a third rider possibly entering the equation as well.
“We've done a deal and we're going to run a satellite team in Superstock 1000 with two riders, possibly three – it just depends on a few things that need to be sorted out.”
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