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November 03, 2014 3:19 PM
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WSBK » Jonathan Rea to Kawasaki WSBK in 2015

PatrickD: Rea is a proven winner, but what we'll find out now is whether some of the weekends when he 'goes missing' is due to him or Honda. He has a great record at Assen, for instance, but there are other circuits where he'll scarcely get inside the top eight.
The strength at Assen is because it's Ten Kate's home track, they do a lot of testing there, and so know the best set up. That suggests to me that the variable performance is due to the bike. When the bike is perfectly set up then Rea can be competitive. But at other tracks where the 'inside knowledge' is missing the results are poorer. On a much more competitive Kawasaki I suspect Rea will be consistently better everywhere.


November 04, 2014 10:37 AM

MotoGP » Rossi unveils new Yamaha R1 Superbike

RoyO: Why run in BSBK but not WSBK?
Because BSB rules are much closer to superstock. They can basically take the R version and run it without significant modification (other than taking all the electronics off!) Plus there is already a team in-place (Milwalkee Yamaha). A WSB bike will require more development & the need to put a team in-place. Yamaha will run in BSB to iron out the bugs whilst they put the bike / infrastructure in place for WSB in 2016.

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