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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October 09, 2012 12:12 PM

Can't see how it will improve the racing. All it will mean is that races will be won by pit crews, as with F1 when the best pit changeover/strategy can often decide a race. You're actually going to get a closer race by stopping the thing and starting everyone from scratch.

The only thing it might do is throw up some unexpected results due to superior race management by a less competitive team. But generally, anything that brings WSBK closer to F1 is a bad move in my book.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:27 PM

Even if the bikes are modified to have endurance race spec fittings on the front and rear (or even single sided swingarms) the pitstops will still be fairly lengthy. The result will be riders staying out and risking accidents on unsuitable tyres.

Rocket - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:28 PM

After all these years does Flammini still not understand what it takes to change a bike from dry to wet set-up? As well as the tyres, the suspension must be changed and not just clickers either, springs, preload, and possibly valving too, all ECUs can hold more than one map so that shouldn't be too much of a problem but also brakes are often changed to smaller ones for the wet and what of Moto GP? you just can't run carbon brakes in the wet so that is a non-starter. Sounds like no one thought this one through to me.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:33 PM

Please don't copy F1 - it's a different sport altogether, besides the pitstops are not actually needed in F1, they are just one of many instruments in F1 to try to manufacture excitement in an otherwise dull sport.

WSBK already has excitement it doesn't need it to be manufactured like F1.

Snakey - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:35 PM

I didn't think wsb had carbon brakes??

pit stops are messy, but they are the best alternative. they do it in the daytona 200 ama race without problem.

the bike would not be optimised for the the wet, but at least on wet tyres they could keep racing, no?

cruachan - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:36 PM

As others have said there's far more than tyres to change to a wet setting.

To add to the lunacy, how can they suggest MotoGP will follow unless carbon brakes are going to be banned, as the carbon brakes don't work in the wet - steel brakes only on the wet bikes.

RottenRonnie - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:46 PM

They don't need pit stops in most cases all it would require is restart without the whole grid procedure including mechanics & brolly girls . Which wastes around 20-30 mins the tv exposure has already been given on 1st start .
Just grid up & go on warm up lap then red lights off & go !!
This idea is media driven to fit in tv time slots but the people running the show are too thick to think get rid of restart grid procedure will fix their problem !!

Stephen - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 1:05 PM

Can you all please stop this nonsense ?
Pitstops will not be there as a strategy element, F1-style, but only to allow changing to wet tires in mixed conditions.
The pitstops would cost way too much time, riders wouldn't have enough time in 30-35 min races to make up the ground they lost in the pits, even with fresh rubber.
In short, nothing will change, except that we won't have red flags anymore when we'll see the first drops of rain.


October 09, 2012 1:28 PM

I think the idea could work as long as it is only when a race goes to wet and all riders have to change then straight back on track racing if rain stops its then over to teams to decide if they want to go back to dry tires

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