BSB » Simon Andrews 'released' by PR Kawasaki

“It was a very difficult and upsetting decision to make, but the new BSB rules are very clear”

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Richard Mushet - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 2:18 PM

So, ride in BSB for no prize money, or ride in an HRC-backed team around the world, with McPint as your teammate and ride the most spectacular race in the world on top bikes with good prize money?
No-brained, surely?

The Louth Looney - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 3:00 PM

A big loss to the BSB paddock but like Richard Mushet says'simon can earn money riding within the Honda road race team so why rush back to BSB when not fully recovered to risk injury for no reward'.
The 2 rider team regulations will be the undoing of BSB as Jamo at PR will now have the very difficult task to find the budget to find a second rider capable of doing the team justice.
The Elite 2 rider team status means nothing if you have not got the monies in place to compete.
The pre-season tests planned for Spain are under subcribed which just goes to show how short of funds the superbike teams are.
Good luck to Simon in 2012 on his road racing/endurance venture with the TT Legends.

Gambalunga - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 6:26 PM

I don't like the look of these rules any more than the crackpot shoot-out format which unfortunately seems set to stay. Everything was better the way it was. Look at F1 - garbage and has been for years, not that I could care less. Look at MotoGP - garbage and I care very much about that. What has BSB got in common with these series? The fact it's becoming a rigged show rather than a straightforward series of race meetings which teams can enter in pursuit of a championship or on a one-off basis. BSB has had some good years. Time to look elsewhere for our entertainment. Our sport is being ruined.


February 11, 2012 11:04 PM

I don't understand this. Can someone clarify the BSB Elite teams rules?

Could PR not use a substitute rider until Simon was healthy? Or did they have to start the season with their full time rider? I was going to ask if PR could not afford to hire a substitute and still keep Simon but there are guys out there riding for free. Surely not being able to afford a sub isn't the case is it? I'm trying to make sense of this. Maybe even someone in BSB management with a level head would say "they have 2 riders but 1 is hurt so they get an exemption for "X" amount of races" or something. So if a guy is hurt at the beginning of the year he can now be guarantee not to have a ride because of the rules? Someone clarify what's going on here please.

BSbs - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 6:18 AM

Im with rawdawg on this. The team must have been able to get a replacement rider for the early rounds if they had wanted. Id say the reality is that, like swan, there are some big name riders around who the team/bsb want to have a full season.

so the rules have been used as an excuse to drop andrews and sign, west? notice too how the official bsb site cut out all the team manager quotes about the rules to make it sound like it's just an injury decison?

roadking03 - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 8:22 AM

The teams all want free riders!!!!!or someone who brings money. What ever happened to people getting paid to work? I ask this every year...Who gets the money from the fans that pay to watch and TV rights to broadcast? I still think its the riders thst put their butt in harms way every race!!!!GOOD LUCK to you Simon,hope you heal up completely.

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