WSBK » Superstock class to be phased out?

The Superstock 1000 and 600 classes could be dropped from 2014 to allow the Superbike class to assume new 'stock-inspired' regulations.

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Cheese - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 11:44 AM

"Furthermore, you have to wonder whether WSBK's reputation/calibre will suffer by going 'backwards' to stock specification. Could you imagine any MotoGP riders like Biaggi/Melandri/Checa going to WSBK if the difference between the series grow into a chasm? It won't do their career reps much of a favour.

From the other side, will the likes of Sykes/Rea/Laverty want to stick around if winning in WSBK is perceived to be less prestigious than it was?"

That could be a good thing - if it gives some openings to up-and-coming riders. Besides where else will these superstars go if there is no berth for them in MotoGP?


January 07, 2013 11:49 AM
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PP916, they had it in the junior class in 2011 and it was billed as wildy exciting!

Racing is racing, there is lots of skill involved in the lower power racing, make 1 mistake and your in trouble, as in Motogp. SBK and STK has always been more forgiving.
If you like the glamour then fair enough, personally I prefer Motogp for that because WSB has very little.

I would sooner see any type of racing than at Darley Moor, I don't know what it is like now but when I last rode it over 20 years ago it seemed about 10 foot wide and concrete slabs.
Buddy I am not sure that their idea's are great, they are only rumours anyway. But I have watched many sites slating GP/Dorna for many things whilst watching WSB go the same way, Every other series has seen the need for change but not WSB and look at the result. I look at the business side as well and watched WSB/FGS since its rise from trouble and partnering with Octagon before being dumped as did ISM, only they didn't get it back.

J - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:18 PM

Sorry all... I see a different picture...

WSBK is still the next championship that is why all SBK riders are trying/want to go to MotoGP. The only reason some have reservations right now is because the CRT concept is not sorted and the championship is in a slight dissarray.

Detuning SBKs will not have a negative will still maintain its position as the second championship on the world stage hence maintain the sponsorships etc. and all the riders will either go to Moto2 or Moto3 or Supersport and the next world championship which is WSBK. Either way the best riders will strive for the best championships or seats which will be WSBK or MotoGP and the us...will watch either or both!!

J - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:25 PM

I think this is good... WSBK...although I love the racing, is still expensive.. and do not forget that the grid numbers are low (it is only us true die hard fans that want the stuff to stay the same). Fact is BSB is doing well and the racing is close and much cheaper. WSBK will get an injection of less funded teams who can still compete and all the best riders who did not make it to MGP will be striving for a WSBK seat. Racing will be close and exciting and FAST @ 200 mph although slower on lap times because of less electronics.

RobbiEmac - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:29 PM

IMO I think this could be a good soulution. It will def put more preassure on the factories to make competitive bikes out of the crate(Honda and suzuki for example)


January 07, 2013 1:06 PM

@ pp916. If the 250's are race bikes like Moto3, and its an exciting support race series to foster young talent then it'll hardly be like you describe.

Also the main ticket price would be for the Supersport and Superbike races. Now - even if they go back to near-stock rules - we are hardly talking about slow pieces of crud here now are we! These will still be bikes that 99% of road riders can identify with yes, but fast and powerful enough that no road rider could exploit to their full potential by miles. Any club racer who could exploit these bikes like a BSB/WSBK racer could hope to be on the way up to National/International level - just like now.
We've been conditioned to believe that faster/more powerful is better - we need to get past that and see that its the quality of the racing that really counts IMO.


January 07, 2013 1:42 PM

OK.Lets say we dumb down WSBK & WSS,works ok in BSB doesn't it? Also if there was no stock classes as today,why not have 400cc feeder series? Often remember back that 400cc / 4cyl bikes were very popular and would be a good start before WSS.Also why not revert back to 750cc/4s for WSBK,that was always the best racing ever!!!

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 2:00 PM

i am very sad about how things going since some years...

who really love this, understand really what happen...

MotoGP do bad changes and his hypocresy make them take over control WSBK, not find goods different possibilities or solutions...

is very sad they have the need of destroy a very good series like WSBK, SSTK, because they are really usefull... things look going from bad to worse,

CRT look bad

what next...SBK nationals championships?

i am really dissapointing with MotoGP...

Damien IE - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 2:08 PM

@ TalentFan
totally agree, lap times don't interest me as tis the racing that counts. tire suppliers, rim size changes, re surfacing, new layouts all contribute to affect lap times so never something to consider if they lap faster or slower than previous years - although it was interesting to see Dorna's move to 800's slow them down by lapping faster and higher corner speed where accidents tended to happen.
BSB has a good mix but Dorna should not be allowed mess things up. Too many eggs in one basket leaves you with sod all if something goes wrong.
250 4 stroke in WSBK - sharing capacities is not something the different classes should do any maybe 400cc would be a good step to align with 600 & 1000

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