WSBK » Donington Park - Qualifying times (1).

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Toon - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 3:45 PM

Brits are doing well, despite only having lower power BSB-spec machines.
Tends to re-inforce the point that, other than a handful of top guys, the depth of field in WSB is not the greatest quality.

Unfazed - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 4:04 PM

Good to see the BSB guys up there.
To reply to Toons, comment, remember it is wet and that is a great leveller of Power.
I would like to see how the BSB guys would do against the WSB guys in the dry.

Boo - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 4:14 PM

Weak WSBK or 4 very talented BSB riders??? I like to think the latter... It rained at Donington BSB earlier in the year, so they have more data to fall back on I suppose, although nobody knows how to ride in British weather better than British riders!!

Gaz - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 4:17 PM

C'mon, Kiyo, Leon, Cal and Tommy have more experience of running in the wet at Donington than most of the others put together, so it is no surprise to me whatsoever that they are up front.

What is a BIG surprise is Max Biaggi. 6th fastest for a man who isn't known for his wet weather riding prowess. Second best Ducati and on a customer bike to boot. Well done Max! :)

Anorak - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 7:54 PM

Toon - as others have said the riders have WSB spec motors available for this round. Sykes did not at Brands, but still produced very good results. HM Plant have one each, Ellison has borrowed one of Guy Martins road race engines and Tom Sykes has a WSB spec engine. In the wet conditions the peakier WSB engines may have a disadvantage so they may be running the BSB engines. It's a shame that Airwaves aren't entering, but this is a sponsor decision - their priority is to win BSB. The BSB riders have the disadvantage that although they use Pirelli they do not have the same number of tyre choices as in WSB. The BSB riders have the advantage of local knowledge, setup data and confidence over ...

Anorak - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 7:59 PM

... the regular WSB riders. The top 6 riders in BSB have every right to be in WSB and will show that this weekend - that doesn't mean however that WSB lacks depth - it has tremendous depth as shown normally by the closeness of the qualifying times with the top 15 frequently covered by 1 second.

stuart - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 8:07 PM

the only reason shakey aint riding is because ducati would be embarrased if he finished b4 bayliss,cum on pocket rocket show the boys hows its done

Paul 46!!!

September 05, 2008 8:09 PM

Thanks for that Anorak... I knew the HM plant boys had taken WSBK spec motors to this round wasn't sure on the others. In the wet the slightly lower spec motors would have any disadvantage negated, if not even be slightly easier to use in tricky conditions than the full beast!

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