WSBK » Ducati prepares for ‘emotional’ WSBK exit

Haga targets fifth in the standings as he bids to win on Ducati's WSBK swansong in France.

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September 29, 2010 8:45 AM

I still can't believe it, i'm still in shock. Regardless of weather you hate or love Ducati you have to take your hate of to them, they build a great bike and over the years have given us (England) some great Champions.. Hodgson, Toseland and of course Fogarty.
I know i'm gonna get stick about this comment, but you know what. I don't care. I know all about the rule changes and the politics, but the sound of the Twin makes up for all of that..


September 29, 2010 9:25 AM

I'm hoping they come to their senses in 2012, nobody buys Ducatis because of Stoner riding the MotoGP Playstation bike. Quit MotoGP, get Rossi into WSBK and then we'll have a series! MotoGP is too expensive, too irrelavent, has too many electronics, has no racing and only has 4 real contenders. The ideal Sunday race program would be
WSBK Race 1
WSBK Race 2

ebaums - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 9:40 AM

funny that Yamaha factory also considered to pull out from WSBK (and still you don't know what they're planning to) so only Aprilia, Kawasaki and Honda are represented by factories. In WSS again Kawasaki, Honda and Triumph are represented by factories as Yamaha and earlier Suzuki pulled out their support. While Honda is in coma struggling with CBR 1000 competitivity Kawasaki has real opportunity to try to dominate Production Bike Series.


September 29, 2010 9:43 AM

And they are leaving WSBK because?
On average the price of their product is 15K more expensive than Jap products, and over the years the percentage of Dukes to Jappers has risen. Have the eyeties forgotten " what win on Sunday, sells on Monday". Oh she it I just realised I answered my own question. Losers.



September 29, 2010 9:55 AM

@ DucatiMatty - I don't think ur gonna get any stick for that post. Watching SBK without the bright red factory Ducatis is gonna take some getting used to. Its been strange to see them so off the pace this year but not racing at all?? It sucks.
You think back over the last 20 years - Chilie, Bostrom, Hodgson, Haga, Kocinski, Toesland, Falappa, Roche and Fogarty & Bayliss. Its been pretty awesome.

Buelliful .

September 29, 2010 10:00 AM

@ebaum - so only Aprilia, Kawasaki and Honda are represented by factories.

BMW are a factory team but (Ten Kate) Honda are not.
So that should be Aprilia, Kawasaki and BMW.

Yamaha are backed from Yamaha Europe but not full factory from Japan.

GIXXER - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 10:12 AM

I think this is the first thread in about a year that I completly agree with all the comments, you lot for once are making sense, motogp waist of time, world sbk sells bikes. Persaonally Im thinking of moving to the dark side and trying a zx10r next year :-S


September 29, 2010 11:51 AM

Ducati will return. WSBK is there home. But not before they throw at lot of money at Vale for a couple of seasons. Truth is Ducati want MotoGP crown again with 46 on-board. This is gonna take a lot of cash. Also, the cost of running a quality V-twin is much higher the fours. Its not secret that Haga's bike costs double Cal's R1 - and that R1 is very good bike


September 29, 2010 12:30 PM

Yesterday on Superbikeplanet they had an article titled "Arise ye Princes, & Prepare thy sheild: Ducati WSBK fans revolt at Imola." It was a photo gallery of some of the signs at Imola with fans showing their disgust at Ducati's withdrawal.

some read:

'Tardozzi-15, Marinelli-0'

'Ducati--20 years up in smoke (Marlboro logo)'.

'Ducati--the passion dies under Del Torchio' 'Rain check good for one year to return to WSBK' 'Ducati Shame on You'.

One read 'Ducati-SBK: 46 reasons to quit'

So it seems some of the anger was pointed at Malboro and Val.

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