You spoke, he answered. Discussing all things British Superbike, speculating about 2009 and revealing his favourite cheese, Airwaves Ducati manager Colin Wright answers each of the questions posed by our most probing interviewer yet – you!
With 32 years experience in the motorcycle racing industry, Colin Wright has been the team manager for GSE Racing since 1998, helping to steer the team to three BSB titles and numerous BSB and WSBK victories. His list of past and present riders reads like a who's who of motorcycle racing.
Hugely passionate about the sport, with this passion comes strongly held views and opinions, which he accepts not everyone will agree with. Colin kindly took time out to read all of your questions and we think you'll find his answers make for very interesting reading…
Q - Rod Barcroft
Following all the press speculation surrounding Xerox Ducati and their alleged interest in "Shakey", would you be prepared to divulge at this stage any names on your shortlist of potential replacements or would you prefer to move the whole team into WSB and keep the whole squad together
Regardless of WSB or BSB my preferred option would be to keep both Shane and Leon. If things change then I will look to consider other riders but I'm not telling you who they are!
Q – phil glencross
Colin, it seems that each season in BSB a different challenge faces you as airwaves team manager, it may be a new rider (or riders) at short notice, new and complex rules to deal with or different machinery to set up. These would be barriers for some teams to overcome but Airwaves doesn't get phased by these things and is always up their winning races and fighting for titles. This for me is great and the pedigree required to move back into WSB and be competitive. Ask yourself who else apart from the obvious (TEN KATE, ALSTARE SUZUKI etc) could immediately challenge Davide Tardozzi and his Ducati team....Answer. GSE racing . I think so anyway and I'm a Honda man!
Thank you very much
Q – Jas
When will you be dropping Rob Mac? I meant to ask what extra safety measures you would like to see come in to BSB?
Rob Mac & I go back a long way so I doubt there would ever be any fisticuffs but if there was I would guarantee I'd lose! I believe the BSB organisers have introduced many important safety features over the years and I am sure they will continue to do so.
Q – Dangerous Dave
Why are the regs for BSB different to World SBK? How much does a top team in BSB need to run two bikes?
What is the prize money? Is it based on each event or season results?
2008 was intended to be a trial period with the introduction of standard rods & pistons in an attempt to reduce costs & performance. If this had proved successful I believe WSB would have followed our lead. The 2008 rules have not quite achieved the desired effect & subsequently it has been unanimously agreed to revert to the current FIM Superbike regulation. If I'm right in assuming you mean two riders, then to compete at the top it would cost approx £1.4 million. Finally, the prize money is paid out on a per event basis.
Q – Andy Stephens
Was it a political decision to appoint a control tyre for BSB or was it for sporting reasons and is your performance any better this year on Pirelli? Do you notice major differences from one circuit to another when comparing to last year's tyres?