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A look at the new Evo-style regulations for the 2012 British Superbike Championship.

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Tetley - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 4:05 PM

The single set of gear ratios will pose a real problem as the tracks vary so much. I see 6th gear being high to cope with the faster circuits, and not being used at the slower circuits. The bikes with the greater spread of torque will have an advantage. Maybe it will be Rutters year ? He deserves some better luck than the last two seasons

madness - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 4:40 PM

Think you'll find 2010 was the first year the Evo class replaced the Privateer's Cup.

How about you question the logic of the class rather than just repeat the propaganda fed to you by MSVR.

Mick Sterbs - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 4:53 PM

Arguably this makes the need for the showdown points system even less necessary now.

Slightly surprised that the one bike rule hasn't been relaxed in some way if the cost savings are so dramatic.

What about the "fastest lap time decides race 2/3 grid position so come in for a cuppa, pop a fresh tyre in and go out again" ********? Or has that already gone?

SP-1 - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 4:56 PM

We all want to see well turned out bikes, with big names on giving us good racing.. Will we able to see any differences with the naked eye, in terms of lap times?? I doubt it! They'll still look like the bikes we can all buy, but there'll be no electronic advantage, and that will sort the men from the boys. Will also, have a better "knock on" effect on the bikes we can all buy, especially if WSB adopt the same rules!

Hulio - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 4:59 PM

Just have the same rules for WSB, AMA & JSB so wildcards get a fair chance and this is good.

(running WSB at Japan for said wilcards obviously too :) )

Wolfy35

November 01, 2011 5:01 PM

@ Mick Sterbs

Is it not the case that allowing a second bike would then double the equipment costs thus negating the cost saving measures?

I think if anything we are likely to see even more closer racing than before. Look at Gowland on the EVO bike once the team got the bike sorted he was regularly in the top 10 of the field beating many supposedly superior machines. If the rules give parity to all equipment it will give better racing where rider talent is the main deciding factor rather than what team can pay for the most expensive trick performance enhancing electronics

Mick Sterbs - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 8:31 PM

@Wolfy35

I get the impression that "2xEvo" is significantly cheaper than "1x mega bucks".
No big deal maybe - now I think about it I don't recall anybody really losing out due to this last year.

Couldn't agree more re. the rest - I nearly stuck a "now we'll see men from the boys" in orig. post.
As a result of all this I doubt we'll get (such) a runaway leader/winner as in '09 and why I'd like to see the back of the showdown cutoff/scoring.

madness - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 9:05 PM

For any team that didn't use titanium rods there will be zero savings in building the bikes. There will be zero savings in staff as every team will still have a data engineer.

Control ECUs are great but there is no reason to ban TC, etc. when it can be added to the ECU at zero cost.

Enough propaganda. Let's hope there aren't too many accidents as the tyres, designed for use with TC remember, go off towards the end of the races.

Wolfy35

November 01, 2011 11:09 PM

@ Mick Sterbs

In all honesty I think the reason they are sticking to the 1 bike rule is to make sure that all teams can compete fairly. Teams up & down the grid have been pushed on budgets remember that the top teams set the budgets then the promotions team go about attracting enough sponsors to meet that figure.
To prove the point just look back 1 or 2 seasons & probably the biggest team on the grid at that time GSE ceased racing when Airwaves did not renew their title sponsorship & nobody else could be found who was willing to fill the funding gap.

Long & short of it is MSV have set out a lower cost path where all teams should be able to have a shot at racing on fairly equal terms. That should make for better racing that draws an increasing audience, an increased audience means sponsors that have left or reduced their involvement may well see the benefit in returning at a higher financial level.

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