MotoGP » MotoGP and World Superbikes brought together

"We're very excited to have the two top motorcycle road racing series under one roof" - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna.

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October 02, 2012 6:23 PM

re: "I know some of the guys that work at Infront for WSBK, it is not doing as well as everyone thinks, financially."

actually never was a question if they're doing well (relative term btw). everbody in the industry's hurting. the question is, who of the 2 does darwin say has the best chance of surviving into the future...? motorbikes may not always be RACED, but they will always get BOUGHT (by somebody). advantage, worldsupers.


October 02, 2012 6:35 PM

@there there now

Read it again. Both are to come under the Dorna umbrella, but run as seperate events.

OK so that's the initial position, but basically in effect it means that Dorna now own WSBK. As such which series do you think Dorna will favour?

Terry - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:40 PM

So much negativity on here regarding MotoGP..

Sportsbike development in general owes so much to prototype racing and that's the whole point of it existing. The only way a fresh idea can be truly proven to work is on the track, being raced by the best riders around. So in an indirect way WSB, BSB, Superstock, Road Racing, Club Racing etc all depend on healthy prototype racing. Without fresh and properly tested inventions trickling down they would all eventually stagnate.

I love MotoGP, but I personally find WSB more exciting and closer racing to watch. That said, I can see past the lesser spectacle and to see these amazing machines being tested to their limits by the most talented riders around is still where it's at for me.

If this is the best way that they can survive in this global recession then so be it.

Grumpy - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:50 PM

Get real you lot. No one watches WSB apart from here in the uk and more importantly where are the factories putting their money. It sure ain't WSB. BMW perhaps but they were introducing a new SuperBike to market and they'll be off to MotoGp soon and Kawasaki and they haven't got any money anyway!!! They're getting their results off the back of the teams. The two organisations can survive quite happily alongside one another it'just that the factories want prototypes for R and D and to train engineers so there will always be a GP version. That doesn't mean WSB is lousy just different I. The same way as we all have our preferences.i prefer MOtoGP as they're the best bikes with the best riders BUT I like WSB as well. I also like BSB. It seems to me that DOrna might just have saved WSB in the long term although I doubt many out there will agree with m e.

there there now - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:51 PM


Well my thinking is in the future Moto gp will be going CRT, and Super bikes are in some cases faster than CRT's but far cheaper, and with at least some relevance to road bikes, there would be no point having two similar series running parallel, Moto Gp would only be worth running if it was wholly prototype again.

Matafuko - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 6:52 PM

I wish there was a wealthy business person with a passion for motorcycling... PROPER motorcycling, who wished to resurrect the best days of racing. Bring back the 500's. Bring back the Pepsi Suzuki, the Lucky Strike Suzuki, the Marlboro Yamaha the Gauloises ROC Yamaha, the Rothmans Honda, the HB Honda, the Cagiva, etc and bring back Mark Willis on the Buckley BSL 500 V3 as well!!! (anyone remember that beautiful bike?) I miss it all!!!

lean two

October 02, 2012 6:55 PM

So how is this good for Motorcycling???? They say that they are now going too limit technology to WSBK so that (the dieing) Motogp can stay the primer class, all the while limiting Motogp with all their new restriction so that the CRT's can be more competive lol... what ever happened to true prototype racing... they are killing this sport!!!! pretty soon it will be just like nascar lol - good for them, but not for Motorcycling, or Motorcycle development...

The truth hurts. - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 7:02 PM

This could well be the end of Motogp.The clock is ticking.Did Stoner see this coming and get out just in time?
You have to wonder.If Motogp goes totaly down the CRT route,the game is over as far as i am concerned.

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