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"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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M1M - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 4:29 AM

@earnings calendar - Exactly.
This idea is just insane. They've created the problem by introducing the stupid one bike rule, which hasn't cut costs because they still have complete rolling chassis and numerous engines ready to slot in. Now, instead of admitting that it was wrongheaded in every way and reversing the initial decision, they introduce ANOTHER stupid rule. It's like taking tablets that don't work and have nasty side effects, then taking another pill for the side effects rather than stop taking the pills which don't work! If they need to cut costs, the first thing they should do is reduce the electronics and the state of tune. The quality of racing in BSB certainly hasn't suffered from either of those changes.

M1M - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 4:55 AM

Some say it makes no sense for race bikes to have less sophisticated electronics than bikes in the showrooms, but in the not too distant future, cars are likely to have autopilot systems that do the whole journey for you, within speed limits (while insurance and police/government track your GPS.) If programmers can make a race car lap faster with the 'driver' as a mere passenger, lying fully prone for least air resistance, is that the sort of technical sophistication you'd want to watch? Although disabled, I can still beat Usain Bolt or 'bladerunner' Oscar Pistorius over 100m - so long as I can use my own technical aid - a motorbike. There are different classes for a reason, and the one that says "rider + bike with NO electronic engine control" is the one that I, and I suspect most others, want to watch.

Matt - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 8:15 AM

Dont really understand why are you guys bashing about this? Pitstops in Isle of Man takes about 30-35 seconds (pitlane is shorter but they: fuel up the bike, change at least rear tire, change drivers visor). So what is the problem with wsbk, if you havent noticed they DONT change spring or dampers when its going to be wet race they only adjust so the bike is softer and that takes about 5 seconds... Ofcourse it would be easier if there were 2 bikes but im not complaining as long as we can see some racing and not those goddamn red flags!

the isle of man races are over a greater distance and everyone has to pit. Plus your racing against the clock not directly each other.
Pitstops in a circut race scenario are an accedint waiting to happen, and you could potentially loose the race/championsip because your mechanic wanted to wait 3 seconds longer to ensure your head didnt end up between your legs......... bad idea.

Matt - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 10:06 AM

Yes, but whats the difference if you lose the championship because you have wrong settings for rain after the race is stopped and started again? And i dont see it as a problem when peolpe are coming to pits, its not gonna happen when everybody is on together on first lap. And what is the difference in everybody coming to pits change their bike or their wheels?

The Coffin - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 2:03 PM

I am sure not tuning in to watch races be decided on the pits. I'd rather go ride all day. Dorna better doesn't try to fix what isn't broken.

I hope this is implemented when it rains only as they suggest and not become part of the spectacle just to differ it from Motogp.

Never say never

October 11, 2012 12:25 AM

Finally a common sense decision.
If you want to stay out on slicks and not give up an approx 30 to 40 sec pit stop, and risk crashing, so be it. If you want to risk coming in and putting on wets, also good. No more red flag stoppages, well that's absolutely sensational.

Rick - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 9:45 AM

Noooooo, a disastrous idea just to satisfy tv schedules. It will make the racing more dangerous as riders risk staying out longer on slicks rather than lose the time to come in for a change to wets.

And hang on a minute .... making wsbk more like F1 ???

The wsbk championship was decided in a thrilling last race of the season all the way to the flag but F1 is the tedious one where they don't overtake and races are won or lost on how long it takes them to change tyres, have a minor service and fill up with petrol ! Shouldn't they be trying to make F1 more like wsbk?

Poison - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 8:04 PM

No "Pit-Stop" needed............. just a "Dorna-Stop" and an "Ezpeleta-Stop" at which point we can have "business-as-normal" without the cretinous Ezepeta and his idiotic underlings ****ing-up the once-great sport of motorcycle racing............................!!!

American woman - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 3:14 PM

Re: Pistol Pete's comment. Absolutely with out a doubt 150% agree with your comment. Nervous here in Ct. U.S.A being that Fox is taking over in an active way. Hearing " rumors" that Fox is planning on an ESPN all sports network, hence no more Superbike! We would be willing to pay for it, if Fox effs up and does this. Right now the ONLY channel we can get WSBK superbike is on SPEED here in CT. U.S.A. SUPERBIKE NEEDS TO BE PROMOTED OVER HERE IN THE U.S. ! WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STANDS @MILLER IN UTAH IT'S PITIFUL. REALLY PISSES ME OFF THAT EVERYTHING IS NASCAR, ETC. IF IT WAS PROMOTED WELL PEOPLE OVER HERE ( I THINK) WOULD BE FILLING THE STANDS @MILLER. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED, BRAVEST GUYS GETTING UP TO SPEEDS OF 210 M.P.H.NO ROLL CAGES OR WHATEVER THEIR CALLED. JUST A M.C. PADDED AND BRACED SUIT. I WILL ADMIT THE CAR RACERS ARE VERY BRAVE, BUT WE ( PERSONALLY) ARE SICK TO DEATH OF NASCAR, CAR RACING ONLY AND CONSTANTLY. NO I DON'T KNOW A GREAT DEAL ABOUT IT AND AM IGNORAN

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