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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Observer - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 3:37 PM

Why would anyone want to take the most exciting, entertaining motorcycle race series in the world and start jacking with it? If it isn't broken, don't fix it. If they feel the red flag stoppages are that detrimental to the racing, just allow the teams to have a dry bike and a wet bike. The pit stops in the Daytona 200 only serve to break up some close racing and don't benefit the show at all.

had a quick glance on the ever reliable google.... 12 seconds is what i can see being the fastest recorded rear wheel change so say 20 for the front thats a total of 20 seconds provinding you have one at the front and one at the rear... plus the time you waddle in and out of the pits....... pure stupidity.
2 bikes. 1 wet 1 dry. hope on hope off.

Gambalunga - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 3:45 PM

I think the riders should have two bikes to use during practice and qualifying (and as many engines as they want - they test hundreds during the winter anyway). I just do not think two different machines should be used during a race. On principle. Start a race on a bike. Finish on it. Unless Dorna contrives some way to make pitstops essential (surely even that dolt Ezpeleta isn't that stupid) they will only come into play in worsening or improving weather conditions. If that is the case, it will be the same for everyone. Yes, set up changes will be ball park and riders will have to proceed with care. Maybe manufacturers will work to make suspension adjustment and wheel changes easier. That said, I don't mind red flagged races too much, and, obviously, not at all if someone's hurt, as long as my Sky+ keeps recording long enough to capture all the re-run. I never watch racing 'live' because I gave up watching adverts ten years' ago. No hassle to wait an hour or two. No hassle to fast for

further more if this was to be say along the lines of cost reduction... for this to work effectively. you would need... a pit area with the neccasary tools to rapidly change the tyres. 4 spaner monkeys (2 to change 2 to assist.) an extra set of wheels set aside for wets (most factory teams have this) lets see is that everything... ye.. ohh yeah you'd need to change both front and rear wheel mounts to the endurance quick change ones... pretty cost effective dont you think...

or if this were to reduce the time for broadcasting rights... right lets see 40+ seconds to change tires. 1 1/2hrs (red flag) to recover the rider because he feel on his head when the bike wasnt set up properly and pushed a little... yepp this is definitely a good idea. cost effective and cuts the hassle of a red fla....

Otto - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:23 PM

Most of you boys have obviously never watched endurance racing.
They have quick release wheel designs so that front & back can be changed pretty briskly.
If MotoGP was to go the same route, they would have to ditch the carbon brakes and go back to steel (which would be a good thing anyway).

Nick636

October 09, 2012 4:43 PM

@ Otto

No, many of us have mentioned the quick release systems... But they work in endurance because in endurance racing you have so much more time to make up the lost time.

@ couch racer's should stay on the couch

You hit the nail on the head mate.

The big issue we have is safety. And as another poster said, we've lost too many riders in this already dangerous sport. Now, you wanna send them racing on bikes that aren't properly set up for the conditions???

@ Gambalunga

So you want them to change tyres and setting (as best they can, with no guarantee that setting is ANYWHERE NEAR SAFE) and then they must just waddle around for the rest of the race? THAT'S NOT RACING! THAT's A PROCESSION LINE.

BAD BAD BAD IDEA!!!

Md Zane - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 5:22 PM

Build a pub at the end of the pit straight,all riders pull in for a pint and a fag, try and pull a local then go and do some wheelies outside.

OR THEY COULD JUST LEAVE WHAT AIN'T BROKE.

Gary - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 6:10 PM

F1 style wheel changes?
From Mclarens problems this year to mansell loosing a championship years ago due to a faulty wheel nut there have been a list of occasions when pitstops have either ruined races or caused unnecessary accidents.
I would stick with the red flag and all the riders walking away after the race.

Gambalunga - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 6:34 PM

Ok. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Does anyone know what the riders think? If pitstops can't be made safe then better a red flag and restart than hopping on another bike mid race in order to keep to live TV schedules, as far as I'm concerned. As for F1, as I said at the very beginning, it's off my radar. So far off I haven't watched a race since the 80s. All I know is they seem to have to keep tinkering with it to make it interesting to the great masses. Ezpeleta seems to think he has to do the same. Oh how I despise him for ruining our sport.

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