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Clubman

October 10, 2014 10:24 AM

WSBK » Dorna: We need to go to growing markets


Going to the so-called emerging markets doesn't mean that these events will see huge crowds, far from it. Manufacturers may sell a few more bikes and get better attention, but that's about it. The series didn't get a huge crowd in Malaysia this year and I cannot see that we will get huge crowds in Chile, Thailand or in Welkom - if the series goes there next year. Circuits get their money from spectators, so if there are just a few spectators, then the circuit loses money. Also, it seems that the flyways are all one-off events, so whilst Dorna may be getting good money from the organisers, it will cost a lot more for the teams (and all personnel involved) to get there. Possibly the biggest cost for a team in a World Championship is shipping personnel around - flights, hotels, rentacars, food etc. If Dorna seriously want to improve WSBK (and do they really want to do it?) they should improve the promotion of the events and work with the circuits and get the admission price reduced. More

Clubman

September 25, 2014 10:24 AM

WSBK » Haslam urges greater WSBK promotion


Promotion has definitely been lacking, but the high cost of admission is definitely been putting people off. There were bigger crowds for BSB than WSBK at Donington and Assen, why? Mainly because of the cost of admission. The WSBK price for admission, paddock passes, pitt-walk etc are not in line with the real world anymore. If Dorna want to increase the number of spectators attending WSBK races, then they should work with the circuits to get the prices lowered and get people through the gates. The more people attend, the more money can be made from food, T-shirts, merchandising etc. There is nothing wrong with the quality of Superbike (and Superport) racing - the WSS race at Jerez was one of the best WSS races ever. The promotion needs to increase and the crowds will return if the prices are lowered. But, is it in Dorna's interest to do a lot of promotion on WSBK when they have MotoGP to look after?

Clubman

December 01, 2013 4:20 PM

WSBK » 2014 World Superbike calendar announced


I guess where WSBK go to is dictated by money and politics rather than where it could go. If I owned the series and money wasn't the driving factor (and safety issues could be overcome at some of the tracks), I would think about (in no particular order): Phillip Island, Donington, Brands Hatch, Jerez, Valencia, Magny-Cours, Hockenheim, Spa Francorchamps, Laguna Seca, Kyalami, A-1 Ring, Portimao, Misano, Mugello, with Suzuka a reserve or replacement.

Clubman

November 29, 2013 6:21 PM

WSBK » 2014 World Superbike calendar announced


Dorna wants to reduce the costs of racing, so why are there more (expensive) flyaways scheduled? Surely, one the biggest costs in WSBK racing is the travel. And why is the series going to tracks where big crowds are unlikely to attend. It doesn't make sense either to have no flyaways back to back, thereby reducing costs. Are big crowds likely in South Africa, Malaysia and the possible finale in Qatar?



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