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April 12, 2014 9:04 AM

WSBK » EBR expecting step up in form


Really? A step forward? Granted after FP1 at Arogon, but they are 6 seconds off the top pace. To be fair, some of that is the riders not knowing the track and probably another two seconds just because Yates and May at there best are probably that much slower than he top riders on equal kit. But lets be honest here. EBR is a great story, who wouldn't love to design and race their own creation on the world stage? Unfortunately, EBR was only just competitive in the AMA last year, what makes them think they can really compete at the top level.

WhatIf

April 12, 2014 1:09 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: There’s one kid who could cut it…


motorcross instead. They have 50-80,000 spectators a weekend, their sponsors spend money, the TV broadcasts are fairly good... The real question is probably, why do those same fans not also show interest in Superbike racing? Harley Davidson could do a lot for the sport by encouraging their loyal riders to attend races etc, however they have no dog in that fight as they are not a performance brand and would gain nothing for the effort. Holding Buell back from being a decent American sportbike and pumping tons of money into MVAgusta, only to let it go never made sense, so anyway... DMG ruined roadracing, but it has been on the decline for a lot of other reasons too.

WhatIf

April 12, 2014 12:46 PM
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MotoGP » Hayden: Tough to be so slow at my home GP


The results are not really a revalation and its clear that for whatever the reason, Honda has sold teams a bike that is far from competetive. I know Nicky wanted to stay in GP last year, rather than take the preceived step down to the Ducati WSBK team, but I've got to wonder if he loses sleep at night thinking about, how truly competitive he could be there, now that the Penagale is showing well. I get that he thought and was told, that the Honda would be good. But, American Honda should have an inside line to Honda Japan if anyone does, so its amazing they haven't been able to get Nicky some upgrades. Regardless, Nicky now should worry about Redding, because he will lose any credibility he has left if he starts consistantly being slower than him. Its a long season yet, hoping for the best.

WhatIf

April 12, 2014 1:05 PM

MotoGP » Ben Spies: There’s one kid who could cut it…


Ben is right, however the solution is not a simple one. First, as mentioned before, even sportbike riders in the US are largely unaware that AMA, WSBK, or MotoGP even exist, much less follow them. So there is simple issue of marketing. Unfortunately, even having Michael Jordan own and sponsor a team in AMA did very little to expose potential new fans to the sport. Second, as V4Power mentioned, is the cost associated with distance. As a trackday guy, I can tell you a weekend will cost about $1000 for just the logistics and that's being frugal. Third, which goes with #2, the prize money is almost nothing, and even P1 is only getting about $5000 per race. Which leads to my final point. Sponsorship and TV coverage. That's a chicken or the egg thing, but basically, it goes back to my first point. If motorcycle riders don't even know or care, then why should sponsors spend money, TV broadcast and ultimately, riders ride. You could easily make a very good living in the US riding mot

WhatIf

February 26, 2014 1:51 AM

WSBK » Fault-free races as EBR makes WSBK debut


I want to like EBR. Its nice to see a guy with a dream, build a bike and take it racing. Now, its completely uncompetitive and the riders are past their prime, but Erick Buell is living his dream and for that, I congratulate him. If I am going to knock him though, I would say, "Why, when you had shaken the shackles of HD's crap twins, did you choose to build that motor when you had a clean sheet of paper?!?!?" cont.

WhatIf

March 07, 2014 2:07 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP to create Factory 2 class?


Conrice: But, the more important point you make is very clear to me - If they make this rule, they are essentially saying that they do NOT want competitive racing where anyone can win or be competitive .
Spot on. IMHO the only "fair" way to have a cost concious, yet competitive series would be to have a modified Moto2 format, with each manufacturer offering crate motors and standard ECU to all of their teams that are distributed before each race weekend by lottery. Of course, that would mean no true "factory" teams as there would be no need. Its a fantasy, but I think it could work if there wasn't so much politics involved.

WhatIf

March 07, 2014 1:01 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP to create Factory 2 class?


Besides all the previously valid complaints, I'm more concerned with the insinuation Espanosa made. Essentially, he's saying that if you do well under Open rules, you will go to Factory 2. That means that by the rules, the factory class is supposed to be the most competitive and the rule makers don't expect non-factory bikes to be anywhere near the front. Begs the question, how do they get people to ride or sponsor not factory bikes? The return on time and investment is "by the rules" hardly worth it.


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