MotoGP » Hayden behind WSBK duo, Dovizioso misses out


Ducati starts its final test of 2012, alongside WSBK teams at Jerez

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pp916 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 10:08 AM

The idea that WSB teams get thro' 30 engines per bike in a season is totally misleading, and deliberately so as part of the propoganda war.....WSB engines are REBUILT/REFRESHED during the season not replaced in their entirety every race weekend as is being implied.....that's something that has been normal practice in racing forever...its only Motogp chosing to go down the sealed engine route that has highlighted this as an 'issue' for debate.

conrod - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:26 AM

IT just goes to prove now good Casey Stoner rode the
Ducati to have got the results he did and nobody else can obtain or should i say not prepared to ride on or over the limit which Casey must have done.He is a big loss to the championship.
Maybe young Marc M will light things up.!!!!

Sweeble - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 11:45 AM

"Nicky Hayden.... hardest working guy in motogp
way to go Nicky..." I'm also a great fan of Nicky's at a personal level, but as a rider he's not so quick. Even in his championship winning year he was lucky to get the title given that a number of riders (including his team mate) were faster than him. I hate saying this, but, this is a rider who should make room in MotoGP for younger prospects.

wit nit - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 12:46 PM

if Nicky needs to leave, Vale should have retired before the beginning of last year. Please. Nicky has more heart and determination than Vale will ever have, some guys get the best kit and ride the waves of bull and get hyped up and stupid people believe the con while some guys never get a chance, credit Nicky for getting the job done and letting his teammate slow him down and Ducati.

Ducati have a different bike, the tires do not suite it, its as simple as that, Nicky has consistently been putting it on the line and even challenging Stoner a few years back, the guy is good, and he brings REAL value to a team that is searching for hard answers to difficult questions. Ducati need a rock like Nicky/Dovi. MotoGP need to forget the mono-tire rule which excludes all bikes which do not suite the single make tires.

AvTech37 - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 12:46 PM

@chris Quote: The Superbikes class is working and working fine, leave that alone.
Chris, I'm afraid you are wrong. Yes, the racing at the front is fantastic but look behind the facade and you will find that the spiralling costs are already having an effect on entries and subsequent grid sizes. It cannot be maintained. However, don't depair. Even if you put the likes of the current WSBK pilots on Superstock bikes, the racing would still be great. I say, return the WSBK to what it should be....a much more production based regulation.

@avtech37
i have to agree with you there... its silly talk to think you can go into a delearship and by the same bike laverty sykes etc are riding. the only thing similar is the silhoutte. you might be able with a bit of money get the exhaust and the wheels/brakes but thats about it. the suspesnion and internals are not as advanced as motogp but definitely not as available to the average joe. the engines are custom spec (to the rules) out of reach and budget to joe again. the tyres are made purely for that class and you'd be lucky to get that technology yourself in 20 years....
i think the bsb evo series would work as good in WSBK without loosing any of its appeal.

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