BSB » BSB free practice times (1) - Donington Park.

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Nitro Nori

May 24, 2008 12:15 PM

Oh Dear, Shakey''s on the pace already in Free Practice 1. Quick MCRCB...., change the rules again and add some more weight, else he might win more races and, god forbid, even the 2008 title.

Come on Shakey - a nice ''double'' at Donny, another wildcard double at WSBK Brands in August, then disappear off to WSBK in''09 with either GSE or take one of the Bayliss / Fabrizio rides, and let the MCRCB pick the bones out of that. That''ll do me nicely.

pagoda - Unregistered

May 24, 2008 12:29 PM

Here we go........
Shakey ,over the last couple of years has done nothing at all,yet he jumps on one of these Ducati's and hes cruising the championship.This is a shame

Boo - Unregistered

May 24, 2008 12:47 PM

It's the fine line between deciding if the advantage is with the bike or the rider. Probably a combination of both in this case though. It is very close if you look at the times though.


May 24, 2008 1:42 PM

I wonder if they've thought this through properly?

One of the reasons for holding qualifying is putting the fastest bikes at the front, the next fastest behind them, through to the slowest at the back makes it slightly safer.
[Turn it inside out and put the fastest at the back etc you'd have everyone piling in to the first few corners in a god awful big bundle which would be carnage. (In principle anyway)].

So you take what are amongst the fastest bikes/riders and give them a weight penalty for qualifying which, if its supposed to do anything, is supposed to make them slower.

Now you come to the race – and you take off the weight penalty.
Guess what's going to happen next.

Nitro Nori

May 24, 2008 3:51 PM

pagoda - 'Shakey, over the last couple of years has done nothing at all,yet he jumps on one of these Ducati's and hes cruising the championship.This is a shame'

What are you talking about ? The Stobart Honda last year was an uncompetitive Privateer bike being run by a team (Paul Bird Motorsport) who arguably have had much more success running Ducatis (aka MonsterMob), hence Shakeys dominance in BSB in 2003, and him claiming a unique double on the same bike at Brands Hatch in August 2003 in front of the entire WSBK field, including both Factory Ducatis.

Success in motorcycle racing is about a 'package' of rider and machine. Get the two right and the results will follow....

Nitro Nori

May 24, 2008 3:58 PM


If Shakey's lead in the championship this year were solely down to how much of an advantage the 1098 Ducati has over the rest of the field, then (as has been stated numerous times already throughout posts on this subject), Camier, Rutter et al would all be flying in formation behind Shakey every race in a 1-2-3-4 order, with all the others (if they could stay on 2 wheels that is) 25 seconds back up the road.

That hasn't been the case, in fact I was at Brands to witness Shakey's efforts courtesy of Airwaves VIP hospitality, and it actually took Shakey around 8 laps to catch and pass Sykes and Crutchlow on his way to winning race 1. That's not advantage, that's ability !!

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