BSB » Smrz 'very excited' by BSB switch

'Sure, it won't be easy to be on top in such a difficult championship and a different bike, but we'll do everything to arrive there quickly' - Jakub Smrz

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stigers - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 10:50 AM

Tom Tunstall,Zanotti and Quattro get very little abuse on these forums because although they are struggling to make the grade at BSB level and are positioned around Splitlath on the timing sheets they just get on with their racing week in,week out without making statements like..we are doing well,we are the best supported team,we have the biggest following and we are developing the bike Blah blah blah.This is Splitlath's 3rd year with Aprilia and if they have not got the bike right now i am afraid to say they never will.
If Splitlath just went racing instead of telling people how good they are people would stop telling them through forums how s@@t they are.

. - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 1:44 PM

"Tom Tunstall,Zanotti and Quattro get very little abuse on these forums because although they are struggling to make the grade at BSB level"

Well they can't really can they, riding race prooven platforms, that should be competetive. Id say the last thing they want to do is draw attention to themselfs.

From what I can see Splitlaff are trying to create a long standing top team they have big ideas, they want the dream. There are sooo many pitfalls and stumbling blocks to do this, ok it hasn't gone right so far but do you see them giving up?

People like this should be praised not slagged off all the time.

And as far as running around at the back on good long as those guys are enjoying their racing good on em, the more bikes out there the more there is to look at.

HotHeed - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 8:55 PM

Well said Flaming.

It would appear that many of those commenting on this article are experts of bike racing. Being a fan myself it would be interesting to read comments on

A) Specification of the 2012 Splitlath Aprilia and how this compares to the factory bikes
B) The experience of the technical team in running superbikes or other bikes
C) The support the team receives from the factory
D) The estimated investment and cost of running a top team in BSB
E) Other than Atcho and Kuba, which other experienced world superbike experienced riders would the "experts" have on the bike


September 12, 2012 8:29 AM

Flaming and HotHeed

You are CLEARLY a big fan of the Splitlath outfit. But you can't deny they have not been on the level of the other BSB teams. The bike has been slow, unreliable and other riders have been unceremoniously dumped and hired over the last 3years... Kennaugh had a great run in superstock on it, but when they went up the bike was NOWHERE near on par and Aitcho is the only guy to get a real result on it, and he does tend to push sub-par machinery beyond it's limit to get results, hence the crash...

As for your little post, I had already corrected myself, unnecessary!

Flaming - Unregistered

September 12, 2012 9:58 AM

I am not a fan of Splitlath or other teams but I know, for my experience working along riders and teams, that sometimes you need that special somebody that gets you to the next level. Either because he's the kind of rider that has got a strong skill on telling mechanics how the bike works and to translate the feeling into words, or because he's the kind that ride over the problems and get the results whatever it takes.
I've seen so many teams that were **** on paper, that were **** on words from previous riders dumped and suddenly somebody those teams them into top ten in a blink of an eye. So, what was the changing factor? New spare parts? no. New mechanics? no.
Luckyly in motorcycle races the rider can still make the difference :-)


September 14, 2012 5:15 PM

It's only guesswork, but I'd imagine Kuba hasn't been paid by Liberty for a long time, so he probably needs income in a hurry, and he's gone to where he thinks he can make some money. He has certainly not gone there to race for the Championship as the shootout contenders are already decided. However, he's an established WSBK rider, and I'd guess that the only reason he didn't stay there was because there wasn't a ride available at the time.
I'm sure he'll be back in WSBK next season - it will only take a couple of races with Splitlath for him to learn it is a dead-end job.

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