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January 22, 2014 8:40 AM

WSBK » Laverty: I think we've surprised people

@ Joeski I (personally) believe your argument is both valid and slightly incorrect. I know it's gonna sound hypercritical, (with me saying Tom isn't getting a larger slice of the Kawasaki pie), but at Yamaha, the entire team was focussed around Spies. He got to practically hand pic his own crew. Tom, not. His crew barely spoke English, and in official interviews Tom has shared some insight where his feedback was basically ignored and told, "you run what Ben runs". In the first 2 years at Kwak, the bike (old model) was terrible. Point and case. As for Baz, people seem to forget he's only 19. So I agree that we will see some serious pace from him this year. He is just getting better and better. I think he will finish top 4 this year IF Kawasaki show the same pace. He will beat Rea and Laverty.


January 21, 2014 9:03 AM

WSBK » Rookie Lowes signs off on top at Portimao

I'm with you guys. But i think Laverty can make most bikes look better than they are in a race. If Alex takes to the series the way he seems to be, and the bike's improved, and he has the same affinity for dominating as his brother, Suzuki could well look better. I still feel for Camier though. I think he got a raw deal on a bike that was not that good. Anyway, bygones.


January 22, 2014 8:47 AM

WSBK » Rookie Lowes signs off on top at Portimao

@ Prof The Honda has not been the greatest WSS bike in the last two years (since Laverty Left). And Sam's qualifying pace in 2012 was still insane. Last year he showed he could convert it to race pace. @ Tomco The R6 may be old, but still running the latest accessories. And I still don't think the Kawasaki was much faster. I think it had the Yam beat in the bends, but just behind on top end. Regardless, Sam was spectacular to watch, beating Kenan on a WSS is an accomplishment no matter who you are or what you ride.


January 17, 2014 6:26 AM

WSBK » Morais hoping for change of luck

Good luck Shez. His pace on the SSTK1000 Kawasaki was good. Even set the SSTK1000 Race lap record at Monza (before a bike in front of him dumped a whole lot of oil...). Last year was terrible. From the start he fought technical gremlins in the Honda, and then he crashed too much (like 2012), but will be great to see a South African on the WSBK grid. Also, Phakisa is one of those tracks where, if the bike is good, the Evo could mix it with the factory boys. That along with local knowledge could give the Saffas something to shout about! PLUS, HE'S ON A KWAK!!!! ROAD TRIP!!!!


January 14, 2014 10:53 AM

WSBK » Bimota announces Alstare-run WSBK EVO entry

Yes, the EVO class has drawn attention from new manufacturers (returning manufacturers as well), but as with Open Class/CRT/dumbed down machines, aren't people upset that they'll never see lap records broken once these rules become law? That, in my opinion, is half the fun of racing. When someone is not only thrashing the field, but scything records from years past, that is a big part of it. Take F1 for example, how many old records stand because the cars are actually slower now. Gehard Berger has a point...

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