WSBK » Melandri unhappy with one-bike rule

'As far as I am concerned it is always better to have two bikes...So for me this is not very positive, but it is the same for everyone' - Marco Melandri

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February 02, 2012 9:51 AM

If a one bike per rider rule saves money and keeps a team on the grid then that has to be the way forward I suppose. For W.S.B. riders it will however mean they might not be able to participate in the 2nd race if they bin their bike badly in the first, but it will be the same for everybody!!

Boo - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 10:05 AM

I'm in two minds... I was hoping the rule would have a WSS effect and significantly boost grid numbers, but it's only contributed to a modest increase, and big crashes are now going to be even more heavily penalised (possibly prevent riders pushing towards the end of the first race to save it for the second...?)

Having said that, KTM and Bimota have indicated their desire to come into WSBK and I don't think they would consider it without the one-bike rule.

Mick - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 10:08 AM

As Mclaren said the damge in the first race may stop them participating in the second. The teams will have complete assemblies ready to swap over in the truck, so it is no really cost cutting and they are also allowed one chassis in the truck. However it being the same for everyone is true but how is this going to keep sponsors happy when the bike doesn't appear for the second race?
The other problem is flag to flag racing has now become impossible so its back to the 2 part system unless they adopt the GP sprint system.
The one bike system hasn't exactly got them queing up to join WSB, 2 extra bikes.
Motogp is fine with 2 bikes and keep it that way, fine for the feeder classes.


February 02, 2012 10:23 AM


I think that will not happen, because teams will have a lot of spare parts, there is 2,5 hours between the two races, while they can rebuild the complete bike. Remember when Marquez crashed his bike in 125 during the warm-up lap, and the team rebuilt it in 2 minutes? I think it will not be a problem for a professional team.
I worry more about the Superpole, it has a system of 3 very short parts. If a top rider crashes his bike in the first part, he has to start both races from a bad place, even if he ran the best time the lap before.
In the past it wasn't so big problem (although different settings could have meant troubles), I remember Spies crashing in Superpole 2, then take pole position in Superpole 3 with his spare bike.


February 02, 2012 10:27 AM

@ sweeble - Couldn't agree more! Electronics are the real money guzzlers, get shot, get back to basics and let's get on with it- good old racing like it should be without all the "helping hands"!!

190mph - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 10:50 AM

It's not only big crashes that will be a problem now because of this stupid one bike rule but also any major technical problem that could occur during qualifying or just before that start of a race.

Now we'll have the situation during qualifying and the warm up lap where a rider will now have to wait for his bike to be brought back to the pits should a problem occur on track. Then wait for it to be repaired or wait for a new bike to be built instead of just jumping onto the spare bike.

This rule could end denying fans seeing a top rider or any rider for that matter make the grid.

This rule does not provide value for money.


February 02, 2012 10:59 AM

There's no denying this is going to cause loads of problems, but everything must have been gone through before the rule was introduced. All those against it must have had the chance to air their views, so the pros must have outweighed the cons! Not sure how though, but there it is. Maybe we will have grids with hardly anybody there if it all goes t-ts up!!!

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