WSBK » FIM gives public support to World Superbike


“Together with FIM we will further develop the unique identity of Superbike and make sure that it remains its strong position within the motor sports realm” - Infront President & CEO Philippe Blatter.

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Goldsmith - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 7:30 AM

It's about time the FIM gave World Superbikes a much higher profile, After all is that not what they are supposed to do,to Promote motorcycle sport! SBK has often been far more exciting to watch than Moto GP in the past, and the FIM should be ashamed that they didn't get behind it years ago.

Widz

January 21, 2011 8:33 AM

Glad to hear this. The SBK camp has been too quiet recently with Dorna encroaching on their patch.
As usual WSB is far better to watch, making a superstock level bike yourself is do-able so there is plenty worth to seeing road bikes suped up to levels we cant make.
I have every confidence WSB will continue to make changes where neccesary that although can initially seem radical, work out over time and thus continue its popuarity.
Lets hope for more talk to stop Motogp trying to poach teams over to them to race bikes that are far to similar. Should go back to 500cc. Cant be argued theyre more expensive and little development =closer racing which is what theyre looking for.
Anyway, if nothing else, its only 2 years until Rossi joins the series...

jimmy - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 9:05 AM

Yeah, let's hope this series won't be killed by Dorna's malicious attempts. Consistency in rules is the way to go, better propagation, better coverage and expansion at least to Japan and Malaysia. They could do it right at the beginning of the year, from Australia to Asia. Also South America would not be bad but I know that budget is surely tight, especially in these uncertain times. I would be glad if WSBK website would broadcast SSTK races and Friday/Saturday qualifying sessions cos I see only Superpole on pan-European Eurosport (but only sometimes) and WSBK races.

pp916 - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 9:56 AM

Superbike is currently the most consistently watchable series for me, no prima-donnas (well there's Max but even he is better than he used to be!), close, hard, no nonsense racing, bikes that get out of shape but remain controllable thro' the skill of a talented rider and a proper sized grid and plenty of riders capable of winning rather than just 4.

As a series its being managed pretty well generally, unlike Motogp...being devoid of any sensible ideas themselves Dorna's only answer is to try and shove a stick in the spokes of WSB by stealing/poaching their ideas/competitors.....its reassuring that the FIM have shown their support, but can they be trusted?

cerv750

January 21, 2011 10:41 AM

This at the time when the GP round at philip island is trying to be railroaded by the FIM to run in early march, which just happens to be the WSBK slot. I wouldn't turn my back on the FIM if I was running WSBK.

Cubikrube

January 21, 2011 11:20 AM

Totally agree with the person who said they should make more of the season start in Philip Island and race in a few places on the way back to Eurpoe. This would make it less expensive to do say 3 rounds with Japan and Malaysia seemingly the most obvious choices. Still gobsmacked there is no Japanese round given how many Japanese manufacturers support this.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:26 AM

What does it mean for the future?

Moto2 is now cheaper than WSS - hence 40 bikes on the grid at the start of last year compared with 18 in WSS.

If Moto1 is cheaper than WSB there will be problems. WSB needs to be cheaper and the new Moto1 needs to be more expensive.

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