WSBK » Buckmaster: WSS rules can work for WSBK

Simon Buckmaster feels the rule changes that helped increase World Supersport grid numbers in recent years could help the World Superbike Championship in a similar way too.

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Matt - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 11:24 AM

Why everybody wants to dummy down WSBK when we alredy have Superstock 1000 for that? Cutting costs is ok, but havent really seen WSBK teams crying that racing is too expensive. Effenbert Liberty, Pata Racing Team, Parkingo MTC Racing privater teams that took 4 victories. Both riders were fast, but the bikes were still privaters.

rc212v - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 11:41 AM

Buckmaster may be right, but the purpose of rule changes in SBK is not to cut costs but to make bigger difference between SBK and MotoGP. It's more about Dorna's politics and business than racing

Gordon - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 1:56 PM

Moto GP and WSBS is a business and not a sport, by driving a wedge between the two classes they think it will help.
Moto GP bikes have not really improved the last couple of many rules and regulations. Superbikes on the other hand have got so fast now, its hard to justify the money thats put into Moto GP.
New 1000cc bike stright out of the box..12 or 14,000..change the fairing add a few tweeks here and there..200mph..

Steve - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 7:41 PM

The rules need to change for a couple of reasons - a) to allow a wider range of competitors with the opportunity to compete near the front - b) reduce costs of current SBK bikes and c) clear delineation between MotoGP and WSBK.
Buckmaster agrees that no privateers can run near the front in WSBK in the current format and the dwindling grid numbers hint that only manufacturers and well funded private bikes (with manufacturer backing) can enter WSBK.
Reducing costs can help lower the barriers to entry for private teams as well as allowing more wild cards to enter at local rounds and have a chance to be somewhat competitive.

Gordon, agreed that 1000cc bikes have got real fast over the last decade... current SBKs being 13k with a few tweaks is about 10% truth. Checa's 2011 bike was rumored to cost at least 150k Euros.


February 09, 2013 9:06 PM

re: "Cutting costs is ok, but havent really seen WSBK teams crying that racing is too expensive."

nor have we seen fans crying about dwindling numbers.

last year, there were simply too many people cheering for their favorite rider: grinner, melandri, biaggi, rea, guintoli, etc to even notice that the grid's short 2 yamahas. it simply never came up. rock, paper, scissors. rock beats scissors in the same way quality beats quantity.


February 09, 2013 9:12 PM

re: "new series owners Dorna rumoured to be considering the adoption of more superstock-inspired regulations in an effort to..."

...finally neutralize the threat posed by WSBK once for all.


February 09, 2013 10:09 PM
Last Edited 1094 days ago

There's never been a threat to motogp, only in the mind of the WSB loyal. Not in the FIM or the manufacturers mind, the fans have chosen with their feet and the TV companies with their coverage. Both down to near zero.
Before last year the WSB faithful said the series was better because of more manufacturers and fuller grids, now all of a sudden size doesn't matter, with sham being the champion hypocrit with his constant bleating about CRT.
I am getting worried Mr Buckmaster is just talking too much sense these days.

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