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The World Superbike grid for 2011 is slowly beginning to take shape as the final round of the 2010 season looms.

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kwikkwak

September 29, 2010 11:23 AM

for crying out loud Kawasaki,put Sykes on factory bike.Lascorz is badly injured,has very little(if any) experience on a Superbike.Put him on the Pedercini bike if he is contracted already for next year.

Haga Fan - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 11:43 AM

Or give Pedercini increased support, they've been in WSBK for a while now & must be sick of running around at the back. If they new ZX-10 is the bike Kawasaki are hoping for then Pedercini will be taking a leap up the grin won't they?

I hope Guintoli gets the Suzuki ride becuase we've seen enough of Fabrizio to know that he'll only be inconsistant. Guintoli may yet improve.

pp916 - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 11:46 AM

Paul Bird is saying that he will personally pay for Tom Sykes to run as the third rider in the factory Kawasaki team. Vermulen & Lascorz are contracted to, and paid by, the factory.

Fabrizio to Alstare?

Some heavy speculation going on here Crash!

Don-R

September 29, 2010 12:00 PM
Last Edited 1549 days ago

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BMW Italia
Ayrton Badovini
James Toseland (rumoured)

@pp916

Fab to Alstare is a lot more than speculation, it's pretty much a done deal. It's been reported in the Italian press for a while now. (He raced with them before in 2003 in the Euro Superstock 1000 ch'ship.)

Dean Dean

September 29, 2010 3:30 PM

I can't see how Kawasaki would consider Vermuelen and Lascorz a sound pairing for next years WSB challenge...surely they'd consider that Sykes has a genuine feel for the bike and if next years ZX is anything like it's runoured to be, he'd be the right choice to just thrash the living daylights out of it..we just don't know how Chris is going to perform after what appears quite drastic reconstructive surgery.. Lascorz is a great rider, no doubt, but who knows in this class and on a consistant basis..it just seems odd to throw together a rider line up based upon obvious uncertainties...I think they'd be bonkers to let Sykes go, so does Birdy...say what you want about that guy but he would NOT allude to spending his own money on a guy unless he felt he'd be a massive benefit to the team..and I mean massive here, if it were anything less he'd just not commit !

Martin - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 4:04 PM

I'm sure Paul Bird has sponsors lined up to pay for Sykes, rather than literally using his own money to run a third bike. Overall it looks like a weaker grid than 2010, but maybe some privateer teams can make an impact. B&G and DFX both look primed for a real step forward, if only by default as we're looking at 10 factory bikes instead of 14. Someone run more private Aprilias and BMWs please.

Dale - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 5:58 PM

I was under the impression that Haga was already confirmed on an Aprilia for 2010?

Also, while I wouldn't keep JT for a second, this will be the 3rd season in a row that Yamaha will be starting with an all new lineup. Surely that's not smart. I also think Cal could have done with a bit more maturity before heading to MotoGP, so would have kept him for 1 more season.

If I was Suzuki, I'd being pushing hard to get Sykes on that bike. He's proved he can ride it, & that he's developed into a team leader. If they run a 2nd bike, Guintoli deserves a 2nd season.
& Sykes should be pushing for it too. Why be no2 or 3 at a hopeful Kawasaki, when you can be no1 on a proven Suzuki?

merc240 - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 7:14 PM

Little rumour circling that Biaggi hasn't signed for Aprilia (yet) and if he doesn't get his head out of his 4rse, Haga might beat him to it. Also rumoured that Shakey Byrne could be partering Haga on the factory supported Aprilia. That would be good. He's only a handful of points behind the likes of Corser, Fabrizio and Camier and two of them are sorted for next year. Byrne is too good for BSB and still has the talent (with the right team) to do well in WSB...

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