F1 » Michael Schumacher at Valencia - on two wheels

Michael Schumacher spotted attending IDM Superbike test at Valencia.

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prof-x - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 8:03 PM

Yeah, learning how to crash a bike is almost as important as learning how to pilot it quickly it seems. Hope hes fit, flexible and has a good time, no sense in wasting time on a consumer bike when race bikes are much better fit and finish.

ELGuevo - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 8:22 PM


"no sense in wasting time on a consumer bike when race bikes are much better fit and finish."


Are you aware that the Kawasaki ZX10R in WSBK has lapped as fast as the top 3 in Motogp at the same tracks?

Are aware that because the Superbikes are so close to the Motogp times that Ezpeleta (Dorna) is quietly planning to castrate them to stop them from stealing the limelight from the prototypes?

Are you aware that the cost of a Superbike is equivalent to a set of suspension from one of the factory bikes in Motogp?

Are you aware that the only "consumer" in those WSBK bikes is the looks?

If the German SBK Championshio is using street bikes then I stand corrected.

robert - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 9:59 PM

and instead of saying "wow" you got it man, Schumacher tells him the last 1/2 second is the hardest. As if Rossi needed to be told about the very edge...

someday - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 10:57 PM

@ ELGuevo

Hey now, let's clear up some things shall we? First of all, WSBK and MotoGP don't play by the same rules comparing lap times doesn't quite cut it. WSBK don't have fuel restrictions or engine allocations. Why is this important? Well it's a lot more fuel to burn on the straights and the engines can be tuned to a lot higher degree, no need for high reliability.

Now the rumour about Biaggi using 39 engines in a season might be overkill but consider that it may be 1 engine per race weekend. That's a lot more tuning that can be done compared to the 6 engines that had to last through an entire MotoGP season in 2012.

Second of all, though it isn't confirmed about any new rule changes in SBK, the reason changes are being called for are because the bikes are becoming prototypes, they are no longer production bikes. The funny thing about your comment about the suspension is that a lot of teams run the same suspension in SBK as in MotoGP.

Hell, the cost of SBK bikes are out of con

someday - Unregistered

March 11, 2013 11:01 PM


Hell, the cost of SBK bikes are out of control. To lease (not buy) an aprillia RSV4 customer version (not full factory spec) is said to cost $450,000! And those in the paddock say this is cheap. WSBK is becoming just another prototype series. It should just be street bikes that anyone can buy.

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