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December 21, 2011 11:47 PM

WSBK » Lorenzo Zanetti signs for PATA Racing

@ davet1985 I agree I would also like to see Yamaha bikes on the WSBK grid but doubt very much it will happen. When Yamaha quit it was reported that several teams were negotiating to take over running the bikes but these all ended when Yamaha made a public statement that they were willing to supply production machinery only to any team & would not be passing on the race prepared bikes used in 2011 or offering any backup further than the same spare parts anyone could buy. It has been reported by some websites that the "works" WSBK bikes of 2011 have found their way into the ownership of Swan Yamaha in BSB but I doubt this is true because the work needed to repurpose & redesign them to the 2012 BSB "Evo" spec would be more intensive than starting with a base customer spec machine.


December 10, 2011 6:10 PM

BSB » Rob Mac Racing to skip 2012 BSB season

As a racer I grew up with a lot of respect for Rob Mac but as a team owner he has failed to make an impression. Well not a good one anyway... He has gained the reputation of a team owner who is known for damaging the careers of riders by giving them sub par bikes then sacking them when they failed to deliver results similar to teams with faster machinery. The only glimpse of any more was Loris Baz who he removed as a rider when a personal sponsor defaulted on payments then refused to release the contract when other teams wanted to give Loris a paid ride. Sorry to see the team missing? Not at all


November 26, 2011 11:23 AM

MotoGP » Aspar signs riders for CRT MotoGP project

Before people write off the chances of the Aprilia CRT bike consider something. The Aprilia RSV4 started its development life as a 1000cc MotoGP prototype. It was only modified to become a road bike when DORNA changed the rules to 800s. All Aprilia have to do to take it to a CRT MotoGP bike is put a prototype chassis and their own factory race kit on the engine then its a case of modifying setup to suit the Bridgestone tyres.


November 25, 2011 5:10 PM

MotoGP » De Puniet makes his mark on Aprilia

Before you slate the Aprilia CRT bike as being destined for tailgunner positions on the grid consider this. The Aprilia RSV4 started life as a full prototype MotoGP bike and spent most of its existance that way. It only changed to become a road bike when MotoGP switched to 800s and Aprilia changed it to a road going production bike to recoup the expense of its development. In other words the Aprilia is a full on "prototype" factory MotoGP bike its just taken a roundabout way to get there. When fully race ready I would bet this bike will surprise many and soon be towards the sharp end of the grid.


November 21, 2011 4:30 PM
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BSB » BSB explains Croft loss

@ Shep44 Far from being a guaranteed big money earner a high profile event like BSB can be very expensive. Yes circuits do get a percentage of TV money plus ticket sales but they then have to pay appearance fees etc. Strangely enough for some circuits the largest income from a high profile race meeting is food ( cafe, restaurants, burger vans etc ) something Croft does not have so they have to allow in outside catering who take all the money from it. Most smaller circuits like Croft usually make a small operating profit from meetings like BSB but this is a pittance compared to what they can earn from corporate events, trackdays, club racing etc. Sad fact is that if Croft was not limited on days it can have racing it could have a fuller calendar BSB included.

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