WSBK » Denning: MotoGP, WSBK need more defined roles


Crescent Racing team principal Paul Denning reflects on the current similarities between the World Superbike Championship and MotoGP.

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Ninja - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 7:41 AM

Getting Whipped in SBK, week in week out obviously realised that the level of competition isn't what they thought it would be. At the begining of the year, there was even talk of podiums, nothings materialized. In fact, you could go through a Double Superbike race, without seeing the likes of Camier and the injury prone American.

Thats his real issue. Get Suzuki to back you or jump ship. Team Alstare could've told you this. They probably did.

paul100 - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 8:21 AM

motogp is a mess ...crt adds to the confusion...wsb looks like the answer but clearly bmw developed its bike under wsb but shud have been done in motogp ?
how can this be fixed and provide closer racing in motogp which at mo is only 2 manufacture series maybe 3 with ducati lol where does it go from here ????

aeaventures - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 8:37 AM

COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH PAUL, THE ANSWER HAS IN MY OPINION ALWAYS BEEN SIMPLE, IF MOTO GP IS HELL BENT TO GO DOWN A MORE PRODUCTION ROUTE, THEN RUN WSB TO THE MORE RELEVANT SUPERSTOCK 1000 RULE WITH SLICKS, AT PRESENT SS WITH A ROAD BIASED TYRE ARE ONLY 2-3 SECONDS SLOWER THAN WSB AND YET COST ONLY 10% OF THE COST TO BUILD TO WSB SPEC, YOU WOULD THEN HAVE AWESOME NUMBERS TRYING TO QUALIFY AT EACH ROUND AND THAT MEANS THE NUMPTIES AT THE BACK AT PRESENT WOULD BE OUT, ITS WOULD BE AWESOME AND THEN MOTO GP CAN GET ON WITH TUNING THE HELL OUT OF THE MOTORS FOR PROTOTYPE CHASSIS RACING AT MOTO GP LEVEL, SIMPLES!!

Jake - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 11:59 AM

Utter garbage. all of it. there is no problem with the "defined roles" of SBK or MotoGP. I am a fan of racing and as long as it's good that's all I care about. It doesn't matter to me the SBK bikes aren't "exactly" production like mine. SBK doesn't need to be dumbed down. It would be completely stupid if I can mod my bike to a higher spec of performance then the people that are supposed to be the elite of the world

The problem isn't the roles it's greed and rules.

I don't get why people would rather lose badly running CRT just so they can say they race MotoGP, than take that same level of investment and have a competative team in SBK. In the end what is important is what's going on...on the track. Just because SBK is working and MotoGP isn't doesn't mean SBK needs to be "fixed" because it's over shadowing the "premiere" class.

Jake - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:03 PM

funny back in the 90s and early 2000s no one complained about SBK despite the fact that had the same level of tune (if not more) as they do today. The only difference was MotoGP had their act together so we had 2 great championships. SBK had a couple of down years but made changes to correct it. They focused on their series and not what MotoGP. Now that MotoGP has put themselves in this mess people are quick to blame SBK. that is stupid. Screwing up SBK to fix MotoGP isn't the answer. Fixing the rules (affordable prototypes) and making sure quality riders (not sponsorship riders) are on the grids is the start to resolving MotoGPs problems

Jake - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:09 PM

also the sponsorship riders is a BIG problem. Funny how sponsors would prefer a native rider who is a loser than a foreign rider who is a winner. Doesn't make any sense to me. I am American and find it hard to understand the uproar here about all the American's potentially losing their rides next year. I'm like so what. Right now what have they done to keep them? Edwards should have retired 3 or 4 years ago. Spies has had a crap year on what obviously is a great bike. Hayden has always been a second tier rider. Like it or not Dovi and Cal have been the class of the field behind Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo, and deserve a shot at factory rides if they are available.

If Americans are only interested in MotoGP or SBK when there are American riders regardless if they good or not then America or any other country that feels that way doesn't deserve to have races in that country

mysticmeg - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:46 PM

always going to be a hard one to rule, but a couple of points, i think when aprilia use 24 engines in a season ,thats silly and gets too expensive,and too specialist,and other teams cant compete with that.and all the fancy electronic gizmos. secondly,m laverty(to make a point)at assen on his bsb bike(stock ecu,tuning etc)was faster than his brother eugene on the super trick aprilia?(whats that all about)so one would imagine if wsbk reduced the spend on hi technology it would not make a difference to the spectacle of wsbk,might make it even closer,and cheaper for smaller teams to compete,or be more competitive.

jimmy - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 12:53 PM

aeaventures: Why should WSBK conform to MotoGP's misery? The WSBK formula works so far. Yeah, cut spending would be nice but it's a STUPID thing to say that the SBK class should adapt something like superstock rules.

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