WSBK » 2013 WSBK grid taking shape ahead of test

Max Biaggi's retirement and Ducati's move to Team Alstare brings some certainties to a 2013 World Superbike line up that is otherwise shrouded in unknowns...

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Insomniac - Unregistered

November 13, 2012 4:56 PM

I know the 2011 Althea Ducatis used starter motors, even then they used it to get to the weight, just like they used steel Termignoni exhausts. As for other bikes I can only assume they too used starter motors, if not original street ones.


November 13, 2012 7:32 PM
Last Edited 1023 days ago

Can wait to wach the Teams=).. 2013 will be a great year and this time i hope Kawasaki will shine again but to be WORLD CHAMPION...



November 13, 2012 10:37 PM

re: "Of the manufacturer nominated teams, only Aprilia is yet formalise its full line-up, though Sylvain Guintoli is highly expected to join Eugene Laverty in place of Biaggi."

gotta admit, after the effenbert debacle and thumbing his nose at denning, if guinters lands biaggi's seat that'd be a score and a half...!?!?! :D one of the biggest "F-YOU" moments in WSBK...!!! probabably the biggest since corser pulled a double "horizon job" at misano (ie. ducati's backyard) on the gestating aprilia. this, after borgo panigale dumped him. i remember, it was VERY last minute and VERY unprofessional. he was basically left high and dry without a ride since all contracts (or nearly all) had been signed. circa 1999-2000.


November 14, 2012 6:21 AM

@ RSmick

At the end, you have two people here who are motorcycle fans. Two people who watched the races and heard half an hour of commentary about the addition of the starter motors. Against ONE who has DOUBTS... It happened. Just because you didn't hear it, it doesn't make it untrue!

It is rather childish of you to attack our knowledge / mental ability when all you have is your opinion, and we BOTH heard the same story!!!

BTW "The new single-bike rule has led many teams to fit their bikes with small starter motors to allow for a quick return to the pits in the case of a small off. Kawasaki is one of the few teams without one."

From motomatters


November 14, 2012 7:45 AM
Last Edited 1022 days ago

Nick you really have to get off your high horse and take your WSB tinted glasses off, who are the 2 motorcycle fans?
As I said its feasible but you have no proof except a statement from sensationalist Emmet "some of" not "all of", and to that they are not the original or usable equipment. All I said was Grillini use theirs all the time, it is a modifed road bike which WSB was supposed to be. If you want prrof I will put some film on you tube. And they come right at the back.
Even the series inventer Steve Maclaughlin said Flamini had gone too far and let costs get out of control (MCN last week). My argument is that the grid size is a sham as it was last year it finished on 19 GP finished on 22 and that acknowledges it is in trouble.


November 14, 2012 8:04 AM
Last Edited 1022 days ago

12 riders and we are mid way November means that any potential teams are scratching for budgets and riders.
You then decide to call me a 'douche' for making statements against your preferred series, thats not childish?
Just look at the facts, better racing but low TV audience, low track attendance, they take 20% of gate money for sanction fee, the Indian round was given as a result of a trade with FGS superstars series. Basically IMS lost its patience with it funding ISM and Bridgepoint stepped in as its only interest is money, IF WSB was the better run series Flamini would now be running GP. They even scrapped the crazy travel fund that was available to the top 16 from the year before.
If you went to either Donny or Silverstone you would see that what used to be the mainstay country of WSB has collapsed in actual attendance. Looking at the paddock at Silverstone compared to when the GP was there it was threadbare, about 5 hospitality units and the most professional Cresent Suzuki, bu


November 14, 2012 8:20 AM


If anyone is on a high horse it's you! I made the statement that they're running starter motors and you rubbished it! I never denied that Grillini were running theirs all the time, nor did I claim that the other teams were running the standard ones. If Grellini do choose to run a standard starter motor all the time, that is their prerogative!!! No one forced them to.

The two bike fans I was referring to were myself and realfan. You had so much to say about our comments. Yet we both have reliable sources to back that up. NOT JUST THE TV commentary either. As for calling you a douche, your original comments were way outta left field, bashing SBK for not having a full grid by mid-november, yet it is NEVER full at this time. And ok, so you watch MotoGP to be part of the higher TV audience and to watch the massive crowd?

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