WSBK » Laverty: 2013 last big year for WSBK?

"Next year is an extremely important one for both WSBK and MotoGP riders as 2014 could see the strongest riders placed in the top class and the rest left behind" - Eugene Laverty.

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hello moto - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 7:30 PM

@ Matt

"The problem with dumming-down the rules and bikes is that it will scare away manufacturer teams and their funding"

WTF? The manufacturers moved to 1000cc to drop the rev ceiling and then they added air restrictors. The Japanese stopped building homologation specials and bikes like the RC45 were replaced by the CBR1000RR. The manufacturers don't want to run MotoGP Part II in WSBK. The Flamminis and Ducati scrapped the old rulebook and then got Pirelli to supply prototype tires.

hello moto - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 7:43 PM

@ Silver Bullet

"WSBK rules are pretty close to perfect at the moment.
No one manufacturer has any clear advantage over others."

The WSBK regulations are designed to make all of the bikes and manufacturers equal. When the rules are changed, all of the bikes will be competitive.

Notice how BSB changed the rules and they added a rev limit? Nothing changed. WSBK is already rev limited, and many of the prototype parts and modifications are not necessary. WSS is basically a stock engine with racing cams (duration mod only) and a machined cylinder head for compression. The bikes make nearly 300hp per liter.

You need to quit whining and let the pros handle the WSBK rulebook.


November 04, 2012 9:46 AM


New engines? What kind of engines? Prototype engines or much cheaper production based engines?

And are you sure those were brand new engines or maybe some of those was renewed/reconditioned engines?

Read the article in superbikeplanet with Hank Ten Kate about this.


November 04, 2012 10:11 AM
Last Edited 1122 days ago

Haha Tarzaan people make me laugh when they say that, an opened engine is a new engine. Once a motogp engine is opened the seals are broken, then when it is offered to the FIM again it is sealed and that is a new engine. They can only change the oil and filters. This is also the case in WSS and SSTK, so why not SBK? Simple as the CRT ART are as you say much cheaper production engines, difference is the ART engine has to backed off by 30bhp otherwise it will not last 1.5 rounds. Flamini refused to dumb down his series to what it is supposed to be so all the engines have be tuned to the b********. Take the Teb Kate CRT Gresini engines, they have suffered reliability problems because they cannot change those little things they talk of.
Consider this, Aprilia reportedly spent over 2m on engine changes (reworks ha) for Biaggi alone last year, Gresini spent 2.5m for the lease of 2 bikes, 6 engines and parts from Honda, so which is more expensive?


November 04, 2012 10:14 AM
Last Edited 1122 days ago

The reason Ducati wanted 1200's was because the were only lasting around 150km before needing new barrels and pistons, therefore they were having to change engines almost every session.


November 04, 2012 10:52 AM

Make the bikes closer to Superstock 1000 and allow two bikes per rider. Aussie Spec Superbikes were lapping faster than the majority of CRT's at last MotoGP and the racing was brilliant. WSBK has been won by MotoGP has beens for the last couple of years. So it can't lose its best riders to MotoGP because they have already been there!!! Superstock regulations would mean each round could have half a dozen top locals as wildcards. That was good a few years ago when the BSB boys could mix it up with the regulars.

Silver Bullet - Unregistered

November 05, 2012 12:16 PM

How many engine changes Biaggi had & what that cost Aprilia - the title winning SBK bike - vs Gresini - a team that came close to winning, erm nothing - is largely irrelevant.

If you want to compare costs between the 2 series compare Aprilia's WSBK spend for Biaggi vs what Yamaha spent on their title winning team Lorenzo & his 6 engines.

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