WSBK » Pit stops planned for World Superbikes


"I think the biggest change will be the possibility to make pit stops to avoid stopping the race for the rain" - Paolo Flammini.

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Gambalunga - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 10:37 AM

What is an F1 style pit stop? I never watch it. If it means stopping to change tyres and make adjustments while the race continues, that would seem a good thing. The MotoGP system of having a second bike warmed up and ready to go, and the riders coming in and changing horses, so to speak, is, like almost every rule introduced by Dorna in recent years, cretinous and wrong.

nick - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 10:43 AM

F1 style pit-stops? I'd like to see any team get a front wheel swapped in anywhere near those kind of speeds unless the manufacturers radically redesign the front end of their bikes.

Boo - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 10:46 AM

Good move - so many races have been hampered by wet weather this year, they needed to do something.

This levels the playing field a bit and brings a bit more tactic into the racing, rather than the current stop-start format where you can tinker with the bike in the break.

We've seen in Superpole that they can change tyres fairly quickly, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Having said that, I hope the time lost in the pit-lane won't prompt some to take unnecessary risks by carrying on in changing conditions on the wrong tyres.

terry - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 10:52 AM

Just had one of the most exciting seasons for a long time with Kawasaki and BMW being right there challenging for the championship fancy introducing a Mickey mouse change just to satisfy a TV schedule it's wsbk not world endurance

Nick636

October 09, 2012 10:57 AM

ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME!!!!!!

What a STUPID IDEA!!!! The one-bike rule has not saved ANY cash. Possibly cost more. Just bring back the two-bike rule dammit!!!!

What a way to over-complicate things!!!!

Nick636

October 09, 2012 11:04 AM
Last Edited 810 days ago

@ Gambalunga

WSBK had the 2-bike rule previously and it worked PERFECTLY!!!! We only had the frustrating red-flag incidents after the new rule was brought in this season. Now, a rider must be reliant on his guys changing wheels too? There is too much of that happening in F1 (Going wrong and ruining the race...). Let it stay in F1.

And now? Is WSBK just a test bed for MotoGP? How asad it is that regulations need to be put in place to stop WSBK getting more technically advanced than MotoGP. Kinda saw it coming...

skally - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 11:22 AM

This Idea is total borracks, changing the wheels and engine map is the easy part everyone Knows the wet setup un a race bike at this level is very different to a dry setup so does this mean pit stops will be 20 minutes long for teams to change forks, rear units, gearing and brakes to accommodate the use of different tyres

Mick E. Moose - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:00 PM

This sounds like a good idea as long as the pitstops are ONLY ALLOWED during changing weather conditions and do not become compulsory for every race (F1 style?), That would really F up this kind of racing.

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