WSBK » Provisional grid of 22 riders for 2012

SBK general manager Paolo Ciabatti says there is a provisional World Superbike grid of 22 riders for 2012, with Ducati heading up the entry list with seven bikes.

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November 28, 2011 6:24 PM

1. the people who don't respect the AMA wouldn't change their minds if Haga goes there. Hodgson went and got his ass handed to him and everyone just said he was there to get a check - the same will be said of Haga. Even when the AMA riders were mopping up in GPs and WSBK there was still a lack of respect.

2. WSBK has never been flush with AMA riders (even though I think more former AMA riders have won WSK titles than any other domestic series) and probably never will be. It's a bit unfair to say "Except for Spies, no one has really gone over to WSBK and set the world on fire" because who has done what Spies did from any domestic series recently? None.

Gixxer - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 7:09 PM


For once I agree with you, yep riders only go to the AMA for a top up on the pension fund. The series is so remote from the rest of the world in the insulated and inward looking country.


November 28, 2011 7:34 PM

Haha, clicked on the comments to see if anyone else was wondering about Haga's future... turns out we all are. His best bet will be a factory ride (doubtful) or staying with the PATA squad because they came along way by season's end.


November 28, 2011 7:59 PM

Ok have had a message from Toshi his manager, had to ask..not what you want to hear but in a way you do lol
I asked the question and he said he can't say anything for the future. "Please wait for team to announce"

Which means he's got something...please please please let it be a decent ride. Better than saying no announcement :)

Oh and as for my previous post, i am just passing on a rumour a friend told me and stated that, would rather pass on something than nothing, the above, whilst not elaborating too much says something is in the pipeline.

Go #41!

brendan - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 8:14 PM

if hodgeson only went to ama to top up his wages why did he win the hardest race of the season to win? in the most tricky of conditions?? if he was toodling round picking up cheques i think he would of backed out of that one!!

I spoke to neil at brands few weeks after that win. and he was fully up for the challenge.

Remember ducati werent allowed to run the same bike as they had in wsbk and were at a big disadvantage in AMA.


November 28, 2011 8:46 PM


You are not agreeing with me.

I never said Hodgson went to the AMA just for a check - that's was only said because Hodgson didn't dominate by people that don't know jack about the AMA and don't respect the AMA which you so nicely fit in. The fact of the matter is that the Ducati had nothing on AMA 1000 4's and Michelin in all their arrogence didn't make AMA specific tires like Dunlop and thought they could just slap on some WSBK rubber and ride off to the winners ciclce. But even on factory Honda with dunlops Neil was no match for Spies or Mladin what so ever.

There is no elaborate history of riders not originally from the AMA coming from the world scene to "top up on the pension fund" so I don't even know where that even came from.

Just like you Euro centric brothern, you don't jack about the AMA so don't comment. It's no more insulted as a domestic series than any other but I guess it may seem that way looking down your nose.


November 28, 2011 9:30 PM

Not sure how this turned into an "AMA, world class or not?" debate, but I will say the racetracks we have over here are waaay different than most of Europe & Asia's. Most are tight, bumpy and dangerous in comparison to FIM courses. I think that makes it both difficult for the older AMA riders trying their hand in Europe AND for the seasoned GP/SBK rider's that have migrated to the AMA over the years.

EliasBK - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 9:36 PM

Some racers who cut their teeth in the AMA prior to becoming WSBK frontrunners: Troy Bayliss, Colin Edwards, Ben Bostrom, John Kocinski, Scott Russell.
Oh yeah, and that Spies kid, forgot about him :P

Here's hoping Hagasan lands on a competitive bike, I'd give my left one to see him win a title!

harms127 - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 10:36 PM

AMA might not have the'respect' of other paddocks,but the races i saw on motors tv were probably the best i've ever seen from that championship.Way more entertaining than the spies/maladin days.Oh yeah hopefully nori gets a ride somewhere

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