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August 09, 2013 4:59 PM

WSBK » 2014 WSBK rule changes, EVO class announced

It might make the grids bigger but the factory teams and top riders will be looking even more to quit WSBK and move to MotoGP. J.Rea and Melandri are just 2 of the names trying to make the switch before WSBK becomes a glorified production class, while up and coming riders like Sam Lowes are now likely to skip World Superbikes altogether and move straight to Moto2. Seems to me that dis-incentivising factory teams from competing, and drawing top riders away from the championship is all to the greater benefit of MotoGP rather than WSBK.


August 09, 2013 1:52 PM
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MotoGP » Crutchlow eyed WSBK during rookie season

@ DanielJames I honestly don't think there's any significance to be drawn from comparing Cal and Bradley's rookie seasons. Crutchlow didn't know most of the tracks, there were no CRT bikes in the ch'ship then, the machines were the peakier 800s instead of the more torquey 1000s, and the Bridgestone hard tyre is now softer and reaches temperature more quickly. The circumstances are so different that it's hard to arrive at any meaningful comparison. Added to which, every rider improves and matures at different rates. Which makes it hard to be gauge anyone's talent level in their rookie year (except MM93 of course).


August 08, 2013 4:03 PM

MotoGP » Updated 2014 MotoGP rider contracts

@TalentFan A hint towards the Smith/Pol E situation next year might be found in the Edwards/Spies line up at Tech 3 a few years back. When a few improvements finally filtered down from the factory towards the end of the season, they went to Ben rather than Colin (since confirmed by Edwards in an interview for Cycle World), as it was BS who had the factory contract. Mind you, I'd be surprised if either Tech 3 rider will be running the seamless shift next year, which will mean a greater disadvantage to the factory squad than this year.


August 05, 2013 11:08 AM

WSBK » Guintoli: I’m happy… that it’s over!

Sylvain is doing a great job of damage limitation while riding with the after effects of that dislocated collar bone. It's consistency that wins championships, and unlike one or two of his competitors who flash hot and cold, he's always in the mix and racking up the points. Smart rider. Would like to see him challenge for wins again though when the injury has healed.


August 04, 2013 2:53 PM

MotoGP » Official: Cal Crutchlow to Ducati MotoGP team

@ DrGP It's worth remembering that Audi only took control a year ago. They've already swept out the old guard and brought in new staff, but there just hasn't been the time yet to implement radical changes. The sealed engine rules don't permit any significant changes to the motor during the season, and testing opportunities are limited. Next year the bike will be all new, and we'll see at last the results of all the testing and development made under Audi's control. My guess is that we're going to see a bike that's very much closer to the competition than it has been this year. Perhaps not an immediate race winner but a significant leap forward, with much improved potential for improvement.


August 04, 2013 12:30 AM

MotoGP » Official: Cal Crutchlow to Ducati MotoGP team

@ Roundiniho Scott R. to Gresini on the production Honda for 2014 is being widely reported as pretty much a done deal. Supposedly with an agreement for him to receive a factory-supported RCV in 2015 (Bautista's ride, no doubt). Michael Bartholemy, team manager of Marc VDS, is also Redding's personal manager, so he'll be negotiating with a view to securing the best future prospects for Scott. And that means going with HRC.

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