WSBK » Yamaha hinting at its ‘future’?

With many announcements due to come over the next few weeks, one of interest will be whether the Yamaha name will stay in some form next season.

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trr - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 11:27 AM

Yes, since Bridgepoint took over commanding Infront, I have my doubts as well. However I still think that racing production bikes makes has more effect on the sale of sportbikes, than racing prototypes.
So there may be a few clouds on the sky of WSBK but I would save my worries for MotoGP, because this we dont know how this CRT-stuff would turn out next year. If you find WBSK expensive, imagine the costs of being even reasonably competitive against the manufacturers in MotoGP.

fan - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 11:51 AM

The problem is you can call this production bike racing, but they are far from a production bike.

In an economic downturn, measures need to be taken to make racing more affordable. I believe that WSBK, being the pinnacle of 'production' racing, should have the biggest and baddest bikes around but they need to find a happy medium to make it more attractive for private teams.

Moto GP on the other hand is a different animal. You could put 50 bikes on the grid, the same four are still going to be winning by the same margins they are now.


September 27, 2011 12:29 PM

There was a very interesting interview with Carlo Pernat on GP1 . com recently. He said that most of the paddock now expects that with WSBK & MotoGP now being under the same ownership we can expect to see a joint calendar at some point in the not too distant future.

May sound alarmist but both MotoGP & WSBK have suffered because of lack of funds and a combined schedule would drastically reduce costs. He also said he expects WSBK to follow BSB in reducing costs by returning the bikes to adapted production machines instead of ( and lets be honest here ) Something where almost nothing remains of a production bike. BSB has gone that step further for 2012 in makiong the whole field "evo" with standard electronics, no launch control, traction control etc.

Lets hope very soon WSBK returns to being production racing & MGP purely prototypes and that way we can go back to technology from MGP feeding back to production

not telling - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 1:09 PM

the bikes are running the same forks/rear shocks as prototype GP bikes, with one off fabricated swingarms, with engines that are rebuilt after every meeting,as much carbon you can shake a stick at and more electronics than a smartphone.

Its hardly production bike racing. Bridepoint have expressed no interest combining the championships together, they are in the business of buying companies and selling them to make a profit, they would lose money if they combined both these series together.

Gunwinds69 - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 4:17 PM

To turn down the proposal of ParkinGO in favor of some financial company is, IMO, a poor decision. ParkinGO knows how to win with less money, and will be delivering Yamaha both a manufacturer's and rider's title this year in WSS.
The team next year should be ParkinGO Yamaha World Superbike, with riders Chaz Davies and Eugene Laverty.

NumberXIII - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 6:16 PM

I like the idea of cutting cost but i don't want the bikes to be exactly like the road bikes..What if one manufacturer comes out with a hot bike with maybe 10 BHP more than the competition? You guys know the they can't release new road bikes every year so that means the other manufacturers will be screwed.SBKs suppose to be the pinnacle of production bikes racing,let the road bikes race in WSS/WSTK..Thank you

rein - Unregistered

September 27, 2011 10:08 PM

You are so right! the one who brings out his new bike that year probably wins the championship..and if yamaha goes to the wss team, davies is good, melandri deserves that ride.

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