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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The technical specs of the bike make VERY little difference to the overall team budget.
You could replace the current WSBK's with Cannondale tricycles & the cost to go racing wouldnt change by 20% even - since you still need to get bike, other equipment, the riders, mechanics, etc to locations around the world, accommodate them, feed them & pay them all salaries.

What the current regulations DO allow is a platform for almost EVERY manufacturer to go racing in a premier class series with a bike based on a 1000-1200cc production bike - irrespective of whether or not that bike is competitive in STK (road) guise.

Buddy - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:09 PM

@TIAWCAA BSBK proved that you dont need full WSBK tec to have multi manufacturers on the podium. BSBK light touch tuning has delivered 25% podium occupancy by the Jap 4. BMW and Aprilia are getting closer front row starts at least and if Ducati actually gave a toss they might move up. My argument is that Stock tec is just that bit too dumbed down.

Buddy - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:13 PM

@RSMick When Dorna was the BSBK promoter 2004 to 2007 they never had anything really to do with technical side. Higgs was running it with them in any case.

J - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:34 PM

With the 250 stuff... I am not sure but it seems they are trying to copy the MotoGP format of 2 feeder classes. For WSBK it would be this new 250 then Supersports then SBK.
It would work from a racing perspective especially since most manufacturers have a 250 production model but if it is a mirror image then an outsider (sponsor) may not see the relevance or difference in the 2 series if they are essentially the same. But I cannot say it is a bad idea just questionable because of the mirror effect.

SAM'S MUM - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:34 PM

I was on the pit wall at thruxton, the last BSB round, and i defy anyone who can say "that bike is doing 140 mph or that bike is doing 180 mph," so lets go superstock route and i bet ya we will get full grids and close racing

J - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:46 PM

"...Could you imagine any MotoGP riders like Biaggi/Melandri/Checa going to WSBK if the difference between the series grow into a chasm?"

@ cheese

Yes I can...they did not have any options in MGP so they had no choice but to go to WSBK or retire... and dumbing down the equipment will change nothing. The other option is BSB...I suppose.. see what I am saying. So it was not choice for them.... that was the only alternative and if it is not then 1-2 more years it would be.


January 07, 2013 5:47 PM

I know buddy I was asking the question of the guy who said I remind you the revival started after Dorna walked out the door, they were just promoting it. As I remember the entire paddock was convinced that there was a huge pool of money, but it was only Dorna UK which is an agent and I can't remember his name.
Be interesting to see if anyone remembers who ran it before then and the lease on some of the British circuits.

geoff - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 5:57 PM

3rd class won't be a 250 as they are dog slow as production bikes and more expensive than STK 600/1000 as a Moto 3. Class will be single make, 500 twin cylinder.

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