WSBK » Fabrizio fastest, Ducati dominates final test


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IHATEDUCKS - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 10:02 AM

Why do we always have to put up with A Ducati Cup?
Why did they need that extra 200cc again?
I just hope the RULE makers adjust weights or restictors to bring these now will sorted Ducks back to the pack.

Gary Nixon

February 22, 2010 10:25 AM

Well not sure what to make of the lap times other than Phillip Island kinda looks like it favours the Ducatis. To me its disappointing to se Fabrizio as the fastest overall as he is the type of rider most folk cant seem to like somehow, dont know what it is but I know he is going to be in with a shout this year but hope in the end he doesn't do anything.. To me the most impressive times of the non Ducatis was Leon Camier not bad for someone who has not raced at Phillip Island before. The most disappointing well it has to be the two Yamahas considering all the hype about new engine characteristics and so on. Not sure what to make of that. I actually thought Johnny Rea was going to be the man to beat but see he is surrounded by Red bikes. Dark horses, Leon Haslam and Shakey Burn. I seem to have dismissed Nori for some reason

Sweeble - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 10:41 AM

The problem this year is that there are so many fast riders in the series. It's no disgrace to be classified behind Fab, Max, Nori, Carlos, Rea, Shakey, Leon, JT, Cal, Jacob etc etc so you can actually be placed 10th anhd still have done very well! I don't think this test is too representative because of the track conditions and I think the Hondas in particular will come good come the weekend.

bazzab - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 11:38 AM

it's easy to get carried away with these times lads. we don't really know at this stage who was going for fast laps with soft rubber, and who was going for race set ups. i've done a bit of research on last years phillip island race one. Nori's best race lap in winning was 1.32.918 which if you have a look at JT's overall test time for the 2 days was very close to this, it fact just a couple of 100th's slower. i think this is what will make the difference next weekend. consistant times lap after lap. and there are only a few riders that can sustain this without losing their heads. But to be able to do it you must get away with the early leaders. CAN'T WAIT !!!

Southerner

February 22, 2010 1:51 PM

I don't think those times are 'flash in the pan' quickies on soft rubber. Sure, I may be wrong.
However, I'm sure Pirelli work just as hard to go quicker, as do Bridgestone. More sleepless nights for Dorna.
As for Ducati on top, it may be a track thing, as we've seen before, maybe not. BUT, even as a Ducati man, I reckon the FIM have to 'cap' capacity expansion in this class. If they get to the stage where the 4's outgun the twins by a margin, like Troy on the 999 in 2007, they can let them run lighter etc.
SBK is killing off GP, like it did the 2 strokes.

Southerner

February 22, 2010 2:02 PM

@ IHATEDUCKS...I see your point, however, Honda, Aprillia, Suzuki, KTM etc have all tried to whip them at their best game..ie Twins..and never cut the mustard consistently. Now, that's not Ducati's problem, surely.
We have 7 manufacturers contesting this class.
In Moto 2, we have ONE, enforced by the rules.
Their is no Ducati cup, but there certainly is a Honda cup challenge...Good on you Aprilia, for sticking to your guns re Moto 2.

jake - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 2:22 PM

@southerner

I find it funny how people always point to the Ducati being out gunned or whatever when they don't win a title. Yet more often then not throughout the history of SBK Ducati has always dominated and no one really says anything about the fours being out gunned. Is it an accident that Honda while always capable of winning races, never actually dominated until they went with a twin. Or how fast new companies get up to speed on twins when they enter the series.

I don't think the CC thing is the way to go because it never really pans out fairly. Easier said then done but I think they should go a Max HP route and then just let people race what they want

jake - Unregistered

February 22, 2010 2:27 PM

after all that, I honestly think the rider has a lot to do with it also. If you look at last year, it was Spies that made the difference not so much the Yamaha. It's been that way in the past, where the bikes are fairly even but the rider or rider/bike combination made a huge difference.

Also you have to give Ducati credit with the fact that they supply competitive bikes to the satellite teams so if the factory guys have an off race there are other Ducati to run up front. You don't really see that with the Japanese bikes. It's usually only the factory bike that is fast and one of their riders. If they have an off race, then that's pretty much it for the weekend

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