WSBK » ParkinGO boss wants Yamaha WSBK role


BE1 Racing/ParkinGO riders Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa have won seven of the nine races, while Davies is close to the WSS title.

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Don-R

September 07, 2011 8:54 AM

This was always the likeliest scenario once the official squad pulled out.

I'd like to see Chaz move up to superbikes, and a pairing of Davies and Laverty should make a pretty strong team.

Tom - Unregistered

September 07, 2011 9:00 AM

I am slightly gutted you wrote that as I was going to say Davies and Melandri would be a corker of a pairing but now it just seems I am being argumentative. Not the case, just a humble opinion!

trr - Unregistered

September 07, 2011 9:53 AM

I am pretty convinced that Melandri leaves Yamaha since they got out officially from WSB. No new R1 for 2012 so not sure how competitive they would be next year against the new 1199. Marco needs factory backing for sure. I dont think Laverty will get the Tech3 ride, only if Poncharal let Crutchlow go. Since Laverty is very interested in MotoGP with Yamaha, I think he stays with them in WSB for one more year. So Davies - Laverty pair at ParkinGO next year, I would say.

Don-R

September 07, 2011 10:19 AM

Yeah I heard talk of Melandri being with Aprilia for next year, though I'm not sure how that would happen if they go to a 1-man factory team. He would make a good replacement for Biaggi though, if and when Max steps down.

Eugene could still go to Tech 3 in MotoGP but he's probably a distant third choice behind Bradl and Dovi. Bradl because of the importance of the German market to Yamaha and the Dorna cash that comes with him. And Dovi because of his proven ability in the class. But if both of those guys are ruled out, then Laverty could still get the nod, I guess.

Wolfy35

September 07, 2011 12:49 PM

@ Don-R

I too heard the same rumours but anoyone thinking of laying their hopes at the door of Aprilia may find themselves on shaky ground.

There has been talk in Italian media of Aprilia "considering their role" in WSBK as a factory team. Remember the RSV4 started its development as a MotoGP bike but that was changed when bikes went to 800's. Since the announcement that 1000's were returning there have been several comments made by top brass at Aprilia have made comments about how the RSV4 conforms to the 1000cc MGP rules, Recently strong rumours abound in Italian media that Aprilia will follow Ducati & Yamaha out of WSBK as a factory but will remain a supplier in order to return their focus on MGP. It would be very easy & cheap for them to supply a CRT team with "factory" equipment as a means to develop a full prototype machine

Jon

September 07, 2011 1:15 PM

I think the bike has a lot to do with their success this year...
Remember that this is the 2009 R6 which won Supersport with cal Crutchlow aboard, and that Yamaha admitted they couldn't afford to run in 2010 as they'd spent so much money on it!

In 09 Yamaha won the lot: WSBK, WSS, BSB and of course MotoGP.

They wanted it badly.
I think the ex-factory R6 is the quickest bike out there and that the same riders on the notoriously difficult R1 could have problems...

Don-R

September 07, 2011 1:53 PM

@ Jon

I think it might have been A.Pitt who said recently that he thought the Kwak was actually the quickest 600, but that the R6 had the best electronics package to manage the performance. And in 2009, Buckmaster claimed that the only real advantage the Yamahas had over the Hondas was in the electronics (at least until Kyalami when it all evened out).

Either way, I'd agree that the Yamaha is the superior package in WSS.

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