WSBK » Laverty embraces role as Aprilia's main man


'In terms of expectations of my performance I don't feel any more pressure because I know exactly what I want to achieve' - Eugene Laverty

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billy - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 6:26 AM

People may not like this but the 4 top men this year will be Laverty as he has obviously gelled with the bike, MELANDRI WITH HIS DESPERATE LATE LUNGES, Sykes with his fast determination and Badovini as the new Panigle star. Rea Checa Haslem and Guintoli will have flashes of brilliance but there's only 4 for the championship.

TalentFan

January 10, 2013 12:20 PM

Melandri might just have his own team-mate to worry about. If Chas Davies adapts quickly & as well to the BMW as he has to bikes in the past, then things could get interesting (better quali & starts would be useful for Chas too).

Chas seems to manage tyres well, and was fast and consistent, strong at the end of races and appeared completely unfazed by locking horns with Biaggi, Melandri or anyone else on the track. Chas will just get on with the job, and I can't see him being in awe of or psyched by Melandri in any way.

There's indications that MM might be vulnerable and a bit fragile mentally. If he gets pressed by Chas, its possible he might unravel IMO.

ellis - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 12:28 PM

I hope to se them both fighting for wins, but Laverty just seems to do this every season then just doesn't do it, hope I wrong but think only way he could win title would be with the bsb shoot out thing.

Tetley

January 10, 2013 12:43 PM

"I hear India race is in jeapardy, Posted by Ricky"
Nah, mate, it's in in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, near the national capital New Delhi. Jeopardy is on the opposite coast, a couple of clicks South of Ignominy.
The problem is that Indian law demands the bikes etc.. must be in India 15 days before the event. But 15 days before the Buddh event the bikes are at Philip Island. However, Bernie Ecclescake fixed it for the F1 race, so obviously a fistful of rupees in a brown envelope will solve the isuue.

TalentFan

January 10, 2013 12:49 PM

The good thing about the impending WSBK season IMO is that its so hard to call.

2013 I think is wide open. So many quality riders and some on new (to them)bikes. So many bikes capable of winning races that maybe a 1% improvement over the winter might make all the difference.

Norge is in with a good chance on that Aprilia. But so has Guinters, Melandri, Davies. Its also very possible that Rea & Haslam could be there if the bike's been improved a bit, Checa the same.

That's whats great & makes WSBK 2013's opening rounds unmissable I reckon - its so unpredictable.

herewego - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 1:26 PM

Now that Max has gone, Aprilia need to give somebody all the new stuff so seems natural it will be Eugene!! Max Biaggi's team mate was never going to get anywhere if Max could help it!!!

shamarone

January 10, 2013 4:32 PM

re: "That's whats great & makes WSBK 2013's opening rounds unmissable I reckon - its so unpredictable."

exactly, "Moto-sleepy" it ain't. even with the retirement of arguably it's most notable rider (read, biaggi) the series still carries a head of steam...!? :-o

meanwhile as carmelo scrambles to make up for the loss of simoncelli, he gets blindsided by stoner's departure. god help us all when ross packs it in. the castrating of WSB will be epic. :rolleyes: personalities (think haga) may come and go, but a race kitted R7 looks just as good in 2013...? as it did in 1999...!!! behold durable USP #246... homologation... motorcycling's equivalent of a "royal flush".

TalentFan

January 10, 2013 5:16 PM

"meanwhile as carmelo scrambles to make up for the loss of simoncelli, he gets blindsided by stoner's departure. god help us all when ross packs it in."

As I see it, with the continued adoption of all the rider-aids to keep the factories cheery, then the holy grail for Honda is to perfect a bike that they could Gaffer-Tape your Granny on and it would take itself (& Granny) around the track at race-winning velocity.

It must irk Honda no end that despite the wonders of their machines, its mainly the Riders that attract all the attention and are still (just about) THE vital ingredient in bike racing success. Once they've eradicated the annoying element of a Star Rider, do they hope all the focus will be about about Yam v Honda instead of Rossi v Stoner?

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