WSBK » FIM publishes official WSBK 2013 entry list

The FIM confirms 19 full-time riders will be represented across six manufacturers in the 2013 World Superbike Championship - each of them European.

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Stephen - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 12:29 PM

As much as I love WSBK as it is now, only 19 entries is seriously worrying. A change in the rules was needed for next year, Dorna taking over WSBK or not.

aeaventures - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 12:31 PM

I agree the quality is high but the drop in entrants is a worrying trend, hopefully they will move the series to running to Superstock 1000 type layout and get all those young guns in from the domestic championships to provide a proper riot!

prof-x - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 12:53 PM

just get rid of the electronics (go oem.)

Should take care of most of the problems, give the slower teams a chance too, put more people on the grid. Heck, adding more tire choices will make more teams/bikes competitive as well, how about mass produced slicks??? How about MotoGP and WSBK run the same tires so we know who the **** is really faster.

Reality - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 1:27 PM

If Dorna touches WSBK it will have 2 POS series in their hands. No one will make an investment in WSBK with Dorna's reputation of changing rules on the dime.

OTOH, this 19 rider grid will blow Motogp of the map for real fricken racing with at least 2/3 of the field with the possibility of winning a race.

Go see motogp if you like seeing the same 2 or 3 predicted riders winning every weekend and fill the rest of the entertainment with all the soap opera after every race or watch WSBK and see real racing with unpredictable results.

BTW, Motogp ran with less bikes than this before.

pp916 - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 1:41 PM

WSS was in this position only a couple of seasons back but now look at it, 31 bikes on the grid. Although its a worrying development its not the end of the world, a high proportion of those 19 have the capacity to fight for the podium which is certainly something that can't be said about Motogp.
For TV coverage it will make little difference as they focus largely on the front anyway its the paying spectators that get short changed as there's usually downfield battles that are worth watching and there'll be less of those.
Be interesting to see what Dorna's idea of a cure is.....


February 04, 2013 2:25 PM

19 riders and with several races still either to be confirmed or have contracts that allow them to withdraw if a minimum number of bikes on the grid does not happen.

Now tell me WSBK is not in trouble


February 04, 2013 5:43 PM

Rules are OK, but the uncertain situation about the rules/WSB are bad, and the situation of the Paginale (in this moment it seems weeker than the 1198) also cause a miss of some possible private/satelit entry.

alex - Unregistered

February 04, 2013 8:54 PM

man too bad there was not a series were each country had 2 riders in their country flag and colors ,atleast 30 riders or more sort ve a olympic style world event,just a starting point the tech crap could come later but that certainly would draw crowds

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